Having caught the bus into the centre of Rugby we headed to the Art Gallery & Museum where we spotted a posted advertising the 2014 Festival of Culture.
One of the events being held today was the Rugby Theatre Open Day. We popped in for coffee and cake and were invited to join the 2pm ‘behind the scenes’ tour.
We learnt that the theatre is home to an amateur dramatic group who produce 12 shows a year as well as running a regular film club. The theatre is run entirely by a number of very enthusiastic volunteers who all have a passion for some aspect of running the theatre from scenery design and construction, wardrobe and costume design, lighting, sound, stage management, front of house, bar, and promotion. They also offer costumes and props for hire.
It appears that the Trustees own the various theatre buildings which straddle one of the shopping streets in Rugby and the building is open six days a week so volunteers can pop in and assist whenever they can spare time.
It was really heart warming to witness such a team spirit and the atmosphere there was far livelier than some professional producing houses. A fun afternoon.