Consultation time-table on Maltings Arts Theatre is unveiled

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News release: 07 September 2011

The time-table for the consultation on the future of the Maltings Arts Theatre has been welcomed by St Albans City and District Council’s Cabinet at a meeting on 6 September.

2011-08-09 Theatre Masks

While the consultation is taking place, local theatre company OVO will present a six-month programme of performances at the theatre on an interim basis from 23 September. This pilot will help establish whether or not the building would be viable as live performance venue.

Residents and local community groups still have until 19 September 2011 to put forward ideas about how the existing theatre space can best be used. Any ideas should be sent by email to arts@stalbans.gov.uk . If they are taken forward, they will be subject to a business review.

Once these have been received the consultation will continue as follows:

September 2011
• Meetings with other venues in the District to assess demand for a live performance venue.
• Analysis presented to the Council’s Maltings Theatre Working Party.

Early-October 2011
• Stakeholder workshops with key groups, including performing arts organisations, children and young people, and other interested parties to explore potential options for the venue.
• Meetings with key community and amenity organisations, such as the St Albans Civic Society and the Maltings Centre owners.

Late October 2011
• Analysis presented to the Council’s Maltings Theatre Working Party.
• Open Forum where stakeholders will have the opportunity to present their views to the Maltings Theatre Working Party.

The Maltings Theatre Working Party will then consider all the options and make a recommendation to Cabinet on how to proceed.

Local community groups wishing to take part in a Stakeholder Working Party should send an email to arts@stalbans.gov.uk .

Cllr Mike Wakely, Portfolio Holder for Sports and Leisure at St Albans City and District Council, said: “We have listened and are continuing to listen to the public on their preference for live performance for this venue and have taken decisive action to re-launch with the local theatre company OVO giving them the opportunity to showcase their repertoire at the theatre. Please come along and support them. The ventilation plant is also being serviced and upgraded. No final decision has yet been made on the long-term future of the Maltings Arts Theatre, but this allows everyone to experience one exciting option. We are using this consultation to find out what the community want at this venue and what would also be financially viable.”

Member contact:
Cllr Mike Wakely, Portfolio Holder for Sports and Leisure at St Albans City and District Council
Tel: 01582 764688
Email: cllr.m.wakely@stalbans.gov.uk

Contact for the press:
Amanda Wilkinson, Communication Officer
St Albans City and District Council
Tel: 01727 819317
E-mail: amanda.wilkinson@stalbans.gov.uk
www.stalbans.gov.uk

Notes:
A webcast of the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, 6 September can be accessed via the Council’s website. People with access to an appropriate computer with broadband internet access and Microsoft Windows media player will be able to view the meeting.