|Photo by Max Mosscrop|
|Photo by David Rankin|
This note was originally posted April 2007 when I began the site.
In the mid 1990's I became involved as a volunteer with the Theatre Royal Margate. I loved the place so much that, when I was made redundant from my previous retail furnishing management job, I started to spend more and more time there. Within a year of losing one job, I had a new one as Marketing Manager of the Theatre Royal, for over five years it's been the best job I've ever had!
But as you may know, at the end of March 2007, the Theatre Royal was purchased by Thanet District Council, one of the conditions of the sale was that all the staff were to be made redundant (five full time plus assorted casuals and volunteers) as it would be closing for six months and changing it's programming to more community based product.
As of today(April 11th, coincidentally my 55th birthday) , I have left the theatre but the theatre has not left me, so I plan over the next few months/years to use this site as a celebration of this amazing building. I will be using some of the personal archive that I have collected, purchased or researched in my own time, to help preerve the long and glorious history of one of the oldest theatres in the country.
But let's start at the end of the current chapter in it's multi faceted life. Below are a few pictures of some of the staff and volunteers after the final public performance at 'their' Theatre Royal on Easter Monday April 9th 2007.