Celebrations are in full flow as the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch experienced a momentous weekend of achievements, including the launch of its glamorous new Q Bar at the opening of its regional premiere of David Eldridge’s In Basildon on Saturday (16 March) and staff limbered up to run in the Brentwood Half marathon on Sunday (17 March).
The stylish new Q Bar opened on the ground floor, making it more accessible for visitors to use. Once the ribbon was cut pronouncing the bar open, drinks and conversations flowed whilst guests enjoyed a range of new bar snacks, including crisps, popcorn, mixed sweets, mixed olives and cheese and biscuits.
Q Bar is part of the Theatre’s QNew Transformation Programme. QNew is an exciting programme of building improvements which will allow the Theatre to make high quality theatre in developed spaces, work with more young people and community groups, offer an increasingly comfortable experience to audiences, be more open and accessible to D/deaf and disabled people, and keep the Theatre alive as a safe and environmentally friendly community hub, well into the future.
Douglas Rintoul (Artistic Director), Tom Lowe (Relationships Officer), Ellie Hutley (Front of House Assistant and former Youth Theatre member) completed the Brentwood Half Marathon on Sunday, with Elaine Darran (Head of Finance) running in the 5k race, to raise funds for the Theatre’s brilliant Learning & Participation department. Their legs may ache, but the team has successfully raised over £1,800, which will go towards creating opportunities for local people of all ages and backgrounds. Their target is £2,500, so if anyone would like to donate please visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/QueensTheatreRunners2019 or call the Queen’s Theatre’s Box Office on 01708 443333.
Donations received will contribute towards continuing this work that promotes creativity, helps build confidence and enables participants to develop new skills and make like-minded new friends.