Su's Call on City to Save Theatre
star Su Pollard has thrown her weight behind the
campaign to save the Nottingham Arts Theatre.
Nottingham actress vowed to help, saying she
"owed it all" to the city centre
has demanded a "stay of execution" and
called on the city council to bail out the
Hockley centre, which is set to shut on Sunday.
crumbling theatre in George Street, which is a
registered charity, needs £65,000 for
maintenance costs to keep it going into its next
said: "I cannot stress too much how
absolutely disappointed I am with all this.
is a more than useful service that helps with
people's development. It gives people a start in
life and helps with their confidence."
said she tried to call Michael Williams, director
of leisure and community services at the council,
to ask for help.
keep trying to call him. I know a lot of groups
need money, but this really is part of our
heritage. And £50,000 is nothing - they have
millions to spend."
also wants those who run the theatre to be given
more time to consider its future.
think they should have a stay of execution, at
least," she said.
need to get everyone round the table and start
willing to come round and have a chat about
said she had fond memories of her time at the
joined when she was 11 and stayed until she
turned professional at 23.
there, she appeared in Oklahoma!, A Collier's
Friday Night by DH Lawrence and pantomimes such
wanted to do nothing but act, but they made me do
a bit of everything - I had to go in the box
office and do the props," said Su.
was encouraged to indulge in every aspect of the
taught you to value committing yourself to
really helped me and I owe it all to the Arts
anonymous pledge of £20,000 has been made but
only on the condition the theatre raises the rest
of the cash.
groups, dance schools and theatre enthusiasts
have all spoken out against the closure.
the city council said it could not see a future
for the theatre.
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