By PAUL JOHNSON
Bromley Community Arts Theatre (BCAT) s a newly formed, exciting artistic venture with the aim of revitalising local theatre.
Bromley has a long history of providing exceptional entertainment in many genres from theatre to live music to youth and dance.
Following fourteen months of restrictions and lockdowns, local drama has suffered with many of the non-professional societies struggling to know when they will be able to reopen their doors. BCAT has been established to bring people together from each existing society, and from all across the borough to help stage its first production, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Pauline Armour, Simon Clark, David Evans and Debbie Griffiths (four experienced theatre directors and performers from the local drama scene) have joined forces to establish the new venture. Rehearsals and performances will be strictly guided by the rulebook of Covid-19 and its ever-changing nature. Performances will be open-air in the grounds of the gorgeous Bromley & Sheppard’s Colleges on London Road in July.
This gives maximum protection to audiences and provides the greatest chance of being able to work alongside any restrictions that may still be in place.
The brand-new company is keen to reach out to a wider audience to attract not only spectators but actors, backstage crew, set builders and those who wish to be involved with front-of-house duties.
Theatre, and creativity in general, are vital for our wellbeing and mental health and potential involvement is an excellent opportunity to connect with like-minded, arts aficionados in a fun, safe and creatively challenging way.
Bromley Community Arts Theatre