Today is the last day of the A to Z blogging challenge. I’ve enjoyed my theatre theme more than I anticipated, probably because it’s a subject I know little about in comparison to my previous ones. I hope you have enjoyed them too and thank you for visiting my blog.
I kept the focus of my posts on the theatres themselves, rather than the craft of acting and associated skills. In doing so, I’ve given buildings and architects prominence. However, the theatre is far more than a stage and audorium, it isn’t one place or a sole industry, and there is no requirement to be a professional. We all play charades at one time or another in our homes, our schools put on nativity plays and end of year productions. Local operatic and dramatic societies might hanker for a big stage, but they make do with village and church halls.
The theatre is about community, its purpose to entertain and inform, and for those who endeavour to put on a production, there’s nothing so rewarding as a round of applause.
So for Z, I’m not in a West End or grand or attractive theatre. Z-Arts is a performing arts centre near Manchester, supported by charities and fundraisers. The 230 seat theatre is a hub used to express and celebrate the imagination of the human mind through workshops, shows and art galleries.
As for the building, I’m leaving that to your imagination, but it wasn’t built by CJ Phipps or Matcham, even though it is over a hundred years old. No tiers or raked stage, no gold or velvet décor.
The centre is based in what was the congregational Church for Zion, rather appropriate for today’s letter and by the 1960s had attracted the likes of the Halle orchestra and Luciano Pavarotti as a rehearsal venue. The church passed into the hands of the council and an independent company on a long lease.
In 2000 Z-Arts opened up as the Zion Arts Centre to provide cultural activities to young people in the most challenging areas of Manchester.
It’s simply a perfect environment for a versatile group of people.
If you have enjoyed my A-Z theme, then check out the menu bar and my previous years’ themes.
Stay home and safe!