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Centre Stage London, an amateur theatre company that has operated in the heart of London for 50 years, is urgently seeking a new rehearsal space.
As a registered charity our mission is to educate and entertain through the arts, providing the opportunity to participate in and experience high quality shows at affordable prices in Central London.
The charity is run by an elected board of voluntary trustees with all production cast and crew being unpaid volunteers. Our 4 - 5 productions each year are self-funded through fundraising and ticket sales with any profits being used for the operation of the society. Until recently we had the benefit of an empty office in Chancery Lane, provided to us by Dentons, as our rehearsal and storage space. Unfortunately we were given notice last October as the property was being developed into flats.
The notice to leave couldn't have come at a more difficult time as we were mid-way through rehearsals and we were preparing for our 50th Anniversary programme. Despite our best efforts we have yet to find a replacement for Chancery Lane and so we have had to pay for space in which to rehearse this year's shows (approx. £4,000 per production) and for a storage locker for our prop and costume collections. We have had to eat into our savings to pay for this as the shows just don't make enough profit to pay for rehearsal space – our ticket prices are designed to be affordable to audiences while ensuring the shows break even or make a small profit to contribute to our running costs. Having had a year of paying for space and storage we are now heading towards a crisis point if we cannot find a new home.
How can you help?
We are urgently seeking a space, such as part of or a floor of a building that we could use during evenings and weekends to rehearse our productions and store our props and costumes.
We are looking for a space around 11m x 8m as a minimum so we can effectively replicate the stage space and if at all possible it would be great to have more than one space in the same building. In the past we have had a large room for rehearsals and two smaller rooms (approx. 4m x 4m).
We rehearse evenings and weekends, our typical evening rehearsal starts at 7pm and finishes at 10pm and at weekends we rehearse between 10am and 6pm. Ideally the rehearsal room itself would be lockable, so we could leave our items set up between the rehearsals. Alternatively we would need to have an area or space to lock up some of our valuable equipment, such as keyboard, speakers, some chairs and rehearsal props.
Other than that, our only requirements would be access to toilets for cast and crew, plus electricity and lights. We are more than happy to take a space in need of some attention and can put a little money towards bringing it up to our needs, plus we have a bank of volunteers that can help us paint, clean and prepare the space.
How will it benefit your business?
The government stipulates that local authorities give a mandatory 80% business rate relief to charities - this can be topped-up to a full 100% in some cases (http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/business/business-rates/Pages/business-rate-reductions.aspx) - if you have a vacant space and this is incurring business rate costs, then allowing us to use the space for charitable purpose could significantly reduce your costs. Centre Stage London is a registered charity. Our charity number is 279647. Find out more about us at www.centrestage.london
Previous tenants have also found that having a space that is occupied regularly will increase the space's animation and usage, keeping an eye on the property and reducing security concerns and also reduce the chances of 'squatting' occurring. In addition, as a charity it will add to your corporate social responsibility in a very localised way. We will be rehearsing and performing in your neighbourhood, with minimal or no cost to your organisation. We have also worked closely with those leasing space to us by offering opportunities to be involved to your employees - whether participating in putting on a show or as audience - and we would of course be more than happy to discuss different ways in collaborating with you, including marketing opportunities to our 2000+ mailing list of members and audience and the >1600 people who see one of our shows each year.
We understand that the space may not be available long term for a number of years but ideally we would like to have a space for a minimum of 18 months, so that we can have a bit of breathing room and restore our finances to a more stable place. But if there were an opportunity for a shorter term or a shorter term with reviews then that would be great too.
What we will be doing in the space?
We will be using the space to rehearse our shows at evenings and weekends as described above. This will include singing and dancing rehearsals which of course, can create some noise, but we have always had neighbours above, to the side and below us and have had no complaints. We will sometimes use the space for our committee meetings and the occasional workshop., which would not include any more people or sound than would be in normal rehearsals. We have our own public liability insurance for the people involved in our activities. We will not be using the space as a performance space, nor will we be using the space for the general public to enter. Users will only ever be members of the society covered by our governing documents and insurance. We are happy to provide a reference from our previous landlord.
What this means to us?
With a 50 year history in London we are a renowned and well-respected society - please take a look at our website (www.centrestage.london) for a greater insight into who we are! Having a rehearsal space that is available to us for free is critical to our continued successful operation, without it we simply do not have the means to function.
If you are able to help, we would love to talk to you further and hopefully help Centre Stage find a new home.
Thank you for your time and your consideration
Ends January 18, 2017, 12:00 AM
World Friends for Africa Burkina Faso is launching
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