Warehouse Theatre bar still open as appeal continues
THE curtain may have come down on performances but the Warehouse Theatre's building still has some life in it yet.
The bar inside the Dingwall Road premises has been given a new outlet, as rescue plans for the theatre itself continue to be worked on.
The Warehouse Theatre Company has gone into administration and administrator Jeremy Frost is examining a number of approaches he has received to buy the theatre and its assets.
In the meantime, the Warehouse's former artistic director Ted Craig is working to ensure the bar continues to function, albeit within a framework of financial constraints.
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Mr Craig said the bar is being opened on weekday evenings 5-9pm and the theatre foyer is open 11am- 5pm for inquiries and to receive donations for the theatre's rescue appeal.
He said: "We are doing rather well from office workers who have always come in here.
"Our only problem is that because of supply problems we can't offer cask ales but we have made up for that by bringing in some unusual bottled ales and rather good wines which are going down very well with customers.
"Philip Holgado, who is running the bar, is terrific and he has saved us over the past weeks."
Mr Holgado said: "The bar has always done pretty well and although we have lost the theatregoers, people are still coming in and they are all very nice."
The theatre's appeal fund now stands at around £2,000 and Mr Craig admitted donations have slowed in the past week or so.
He believes that donations have been affected following suggestions from the council that a new studio theatre was being lined up, possibly within the Fairfield Halls complex.
Mr Craig said: "That has done us some damage but the fact is that is years off and it wouldn't be the Warehouse."
The aim of the appeal is to raise enough working capital to keep the concept of the theatre alive.
To donate to the appeal, visit www.warehousetheatre.co.uk