On the cusp of a huge redevelopment programme, Theatr Clwyd is entering an exciting new chapter of its 45-year history and to celebrate, a new exhibition and audio tour is open until January 15.
This centre of excellence for theatre and arts and home for local communities has long outgrown its original structure. Sections of the building will begin to be closed for the long-anticipated renovation, with shows and events continuing in pop-up spaces across the site.
The Theatre Village will include a new foyer and bar space, along with covered walkways from the roadside and to the Anthony Hopkins Theatre, as well as a theatre space called The Mix.
But before waving farewell to the building as it currently is, the venue is celebrating memories of the last 45 years with an interactive audio tour, A Building Made of Stories.
A call for stories from anyone who had visited over the past four and a half decades resulted in a flood of anecdotes and memories from audiences, staff past and present, actors, creatives and participants. It also unearthed long-forgotten photographs and stories.
Theatr Clwyd’s executive director Liam Evans-Ford said: “A Building Made of Stories is a moment to say goodbye to our building in its current guise, recognition that this venue is more than bricks and mortar and is all about the people and the stories that have filled it over the past 45 years.”
Visitors will see areas of the building for the final time before the transformation, as well as photographs, posters, costumes, letters, videos and more.
The event is free but you need to get a ticket in advance (from the website here). Audiences also need to take an audio-capable device, such as a phone, tablet and headphones, to listen to the audio.
You can also book tickets by calling 01352 344101.