An amateur dramatic society in Cowes is trying to raise £20,000 to replace the roof on its theatre, which was built in 1914.
Cowes Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society uses the Trinity Theatre for its productions and it has been home to the group for more than 40 years.
The roof is part of the original building and despite being repaired and patched-up over the years, the ceiling does now need to be completely replaced, at an estimated cost of £40,000.
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President of Trinity Theatre, Dinah Bowman told Isle of Wight Radio,
“I can’t bEAR to think what would happen if we can’t replace the roof, it will be a disaster for community groups and the society”Trinity Theatre1 of 6
Stage manager Mike Buckett, added,
“It’s been a family generational thing for a long time here and to lose that it would be such a shame. At the moment our roof is deteriorating. When it rains we have one lucky person [a seat] that gets dripped on everYtime.”
After saving for some time the society can match any cash raised from the crowdfunding page, up to £20,000.
In the First World War the building was used as a military hospital for veterans returning home, it’s since been bought by the society, which is just one of two on the Island that owns its own theatre.
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Staff at Trinity are asking “sincerely” for donations from theatre goers and any bands that want to: they say they would gladly do a fundraising music filled evening.