New theatre space The Studio opening in Croydon thanks to fundraising project
1:40pm Tuesday 8th January 2013 in Freetime
A new theatre space will open in Croydon after hundreds of people backed a project run by a cafe owner.
Saif Bonar, founder of Matthews Yard, a cafe and co-working space off Surrey Street market, set up the project in December 2012.
The refurbished space will be called The Studio, and will run be run as a community arts and entertainment venue complete with stage and theatrical equipment.
Hundreds of people have donated money towards the project, with more than £5,000 being raised.
This means the studio will have a stage, a green room for performers, a PA and AV system and a simple lighting rig.
Anyone who backs the project will have their name painted on the supporters wall and there are a range of other benefits that come from making a donating.
Zoom! Arts Theatre Project and The Big White Light theatre group who work with young people on amateur theatre productions have already signed up to use the space for rehearsals and performances.
Mr Bonar said: “It's great that Croydon's community, businesses and individuals alike, rallied round to support The Studio effort so early in the New Year.
“We are now over our base target of £5k but could still do with more support, particularly from bigger Croydon businesses to help us ensure the theatre creates a lasting legacy for young people in the borough.”
There are five days left to back the project. Visit kickstarter.com to make a donation.