Theatre is dead! Oh no it's not and the show must go on for Alphington's popular "Shed" theatre
Our provincial theatre was condemned, it's corrugated iron walls, dipping asbestos roof, damp, dodgy floors and more leaks than a sieve, could take it no more. But we will rebuild it and the new Community Theatre will raise like a Phoenix from the flames.
We have raised £159,000 of the £220,000 needed in only 12 months and have already started the rebuild. The theatre will be used by the young and not so young, drama groups, children's groups, a space for performance and talks, comedy, shows, music, all in a multi-functional space in Alphington.
Yvonne's 10k Sponsored River Swim
Councillor Yvonne Atkinson is swimming to raise money for the new Community Theatre Alphington. No cosy indoor swimming pools for Yvonne, she is taking part in the River Dart 10K swim on 14th September together with her son Shyamenda.
“It’s been on my bucket list of challenges and the Shed has given me the motivation to do it.
I am in training 3 or times a week at Pyramids or in open water when I can get to the sea. I have a coach to plan my training sessions Wai Ming Loh from Exeter Tri Club. I have been in training since April. I am now swimming 4km every training session that’s 160 lengths and it takes me 1.5 hours – so I still have some way to go over the next month. The plan is to finish the swim in 3.5 hours. I will have to do it in a wetsuit as the river will be cold even at this time of the year. I am so pleased that Shyamenda is joining me so we can keep each other going though he is going to be much faster than me
We will be swimming from Totnes down to Dittisham. There will be 2 pit stops in the river where we can stop and get some calories to keep us going. It would be wonderful if the good people of Alphington could sponsor me to raise money for this excellent cause. ”
To keep up with her training programme go to https://www.facebook.com/AlphingtonandCowickLabour/
All About Alphington And Why We Need A Theatre
Once a Village, Alphington is now a suburb of the city of Exeter but still retains it village charm.
With approximately 1900 houses this is about to change. Plans for 500 homes in Alphington and a further 2000 built right up its border with Teignbridge will drastically change the nature of the village.
The residents work hard to deliver a Village Hall, Community Centre, Art Block, Sports Club, Scouts Hut, British Legion and St Michael's Church. All of whom provide a diverse range of activities.
The new houses will not have much in the way of community infrastructure which Alphington will provide.
With the increase in demand for the performing arts, it is even more vital to rebuild the theatre as it will become another valued facility in the village.
We hope to provide plays, music events, drama clubs, youth theatre and music workshops, to name but a few.
By donating to the project you will be spurring Yvonne on to swim those cold 10k of the icy Dart and ensure that Alphington's Theatre can perform once more.