Theatres

We’re really lucky to have two incredible theatres but after 40 years of near-constant use problems are increasingly common.

Audiences have to contend with tatty, frequently breaking seats sat on stained, threadbare carpet. It’s also frequently either too hot or too cold (rarely is it in the goldilocks zone of “just right”) as our heating is decrepid and the original “air cooling” system was condemned 20 years ago.

On the stage our teams battle everything from an uneven stage that needs reinforcing to support heavy weights to an old lighting system (parts of it are from the 1960s), from sockets seeping gunk to a temperamental communication system. Whilst we have done everything we can to ensure we can still keep making theatre for the next 2-3 years, beyond that the building will become unsafe.

Environmentally Unfriendly

We really care about the environment, but are increasingly aware that small changes cannot make our outdated building environmentally sustainable. We are now single-use plastic free in all of our public spaces but there is nothing we can do about our energy use and carbon footprint without largescale change.

Currently our building wastes energy due to outdated building services and machinery, increasingly corroded pipework and poor insulation

Our running costs for gas, electricity and water are unsustainably high  (over £187,000 a year which we’d much rather spend on our theatre-making and communities). 

Our carbon footprint is huge. We will strive for better than carbon neutral. We believe this capital redevelopment can make Theatr Clwyd a landmark building in terms of environmental sustainability.

Theatres

We’re really lucky to have two incredible theatres but after 40 years of near-constant use problems are increasingly common.

Audiences have to contend with tatty, frequently breaking seats sat on stained, threadbare carpet. It’s also frequently either too hot or too cold (rarely is it in the goldilocks zone of “just right”) as our heating is decrepid and the original “air cooling” system was condemned 20 years ago.

On the stage our teams battle everything from an uneven stage that needs reinforcing to support heavy weights to an old lighting system (parts of it are from the 1960s), from sockets seeping gunk to a temperamental communication system. Whilst we have done everything we can to ensure we can still keep making theatre for the next 2-3 years, beyond that the building will become unsafe.

Environmentally Unfriendly

We really care about the environment, but are increasingly aware that small changes cannot make our outdated building environmentally sustainable. We are now single-use plastic free in all of our public spaces but there is nothing we can do about our energy use and carbon footprint without largescale change.

Currently our building wastes energy due to outdated building services and machinery, increasingly corroded pipework and poor insulation

Our running costs for gas, electricity and water are unsustainably high  (over £187,000 a year which we’d much rather spend on our theatre-making and communities). 

Our carbon footprint is huge. We will strive for better than carbon neutral. We believe this capital redevelopment can make Theatr Clwyd a landmark building in terms of environmental sustainability.

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Foyers & Public Spaces

Our foyers and public spaces are the victim of 40 years of under-investment and changing tastes. Over the past 20 years we’ve had to ‘make do and mend’ but that’s not enough. A quality, world-class experience takes serious investment and our audiences deserve better.

We want the experience of visiting our building to be as good as the shows on our stages – but fighting damp, leaks, tired carpet, broken fixtures and fittings, poor PA systems, cracked walls, a tiny and badly equipped kitchen that’s far from good enough and a lift that is slow, small and creaks its way up and down leaves us far from our ambitions.

Electrics, Heating & Cooling

Our heating was installed in 1976 and is no longer fit-for-purpose. We’ve little temperature control as control valves don’t work, the boiler is old and inefficient (gas costs us over £50k a year!) and our antiquated storage heaters and radiators belong in a museum.

It’s not often tropical temperatures here in North Wales but when the sun shines and you’re sitting alongside 570 others in the Anthony Hopkins Theatre, it can get pretty toasty! The theatre’s “cooling units” broke down in the 1990s and are unfixable.

More worryingly our backup generators, electrical switchboards and emergency lighting systems are now 35 years old and wired with a mixture of original, temporary and new cables. The entire system needs completely replacing within the next two years.

Foyers & Public Spaces

Our foyers and public spaces are the victim of 40 years of under-investment and changing tastes. Over the past 20 years we’ve had to ‘make do and mend’ but that’s not enough. A quality, world-class experience takes serious investment and our audiences deserve better.

We want the experience of visiting our building to be as good as the shows on our stages – but fighting damp, leaks, tired carpet, broken fixtures and fittings, poor PA systems, cracked walls, a tiny and badly equipped kitchen that’s far from good enough and a lift that is slow, small and creaks its way up and down leaves us far from our ambitions.

Over the last few years we’ve tried to hide the fading condition of the building, but there’s only so much we can do. A refurb is long overdue. Liam (Executive Director)

Electrics, Heating & Cooling

Our heating was installed in 1976 and is no longer fit-for-purpose. We’ve little temperature control as control valves don’t work, the boiler is old and inefficient (gas costs us over £50k a year!) and our antiquated storage heaters and radiators belong in a museum.

It’s not often tropical temperatures here in North Wales but when the sun shines and you’re sitting alongside 570 others in the Anthony Hopkins Theatre, it can get pretty toasty! The theatre’s “cooling units” broke down in the 1990s and are unfixable.

More worryingly our backup generators, electrical switchboards and emergency lighting systems are now 35 years old and wired with a mixture of original, temporary and new cables. The entire system needs completely replacing within the next two years.

‘Theatr Clwyd is a fascinating organisation. They create world-class theatre from their home in Flintshire but scratch beneath the surface and the building supporting this national treasure is falling apart, made only by the positive, can-do attitude of those who work there.’

Catering & Storage

We’re regularly asked why our cafe doesn’t serve more hot food.

The theatre’s original kitchens behind the Clwyd Room were huge, but they were sadly condemned due to a lack of investment in the 1990s leaving us with a tiny, inadequate kitchen squashed into the storage areas behind the café.

As well as being small our kitchen has outdated and broken equipment, limited space for preparation, cooking, cooling and service and, like much of the rest of the building, is in dire need of the electrics and ventilation systems being overhauled.

Roofs, Windows & Doors

Roofs, windows and doors can seem quite boring, but the structure of the building is what keeps us all dry and warm! 

We currently have a “high tech” bucket system for collecting water* from our leaking roof, windows magically self-open and are single glazed, and radiator temperatures can’t be controlled properly.

Doors (particularly in the backstage and administration areas) are worn, howl in the wind, and can get pinned tightly shut by an errant gale. They also fail modern fire safety standards.

*A bucket strategically placed under a drip or, sometimes stream.

Creative Spaces

We rehearse and create our shows right here at our home in Flintshire! But our rehearsal room was originally meant to be a library.

Conditions aren’t perfect for creating world-class theatre. Ideally our rehearsal room would be the same size as our stage (it’s not) with a sprung floor (ours isn’t) and we’d be able to hang set from the ceiling (we can’t). 

Our actors rehearse in a sometimes damp room, that’s almost always too hot or too cold, not particularly well lit, and unable to accommodate even a mock-up of the set. Of course we cheer up our actors with a nice cup of tea (and sometimes biscuits), but our staff facilities need updating too*.

*But it does have some really stunning curtains

Everything else!

We love our building to bits – it’s big, bold and weirdly beautiful – but scratch the surface and it’s a bit of a mess.

From damp in storerooms to bits of our roof blowing away, from ceilings collapsing to issues with drainage – it’s not a pretty picture.

That’s why this redevelopment is so important to everyone in the theatre, in Flintshire, North Wales and UK. Without this building we lose one of our biggest cultural assets, future generations don’t have the chance to see magic on stage, the work with our communities can’t happen and economically, culturally and socially, we all come off worse.

Catering & Storage

We’re regularly asked why our cafe doesn’t serve more hot food.

The theatre’s original kitchens behind the Clwyd Room were huge, but they were sadly condemned due to a lack of investment in the 1990s leaving us with a tiny, inadequate kitchen squashed into the storage areas behind the café.

As well as being small our kitchen has outdated and broken equipment, limited space for preparation, cooking, cooling and service and, like much of the rest of the building, is in dire need of the electrics and ventilation systems being overhauled.

Our kitchens are very small and really dated. We want people to eat great food with us, but at the moment we don’t have the space to do this. Andrew (Operations Team)

Roofs, Windows & Doors

Roofs, windows and doors can seem quite boring, but the structure of the building is what keeps us all dry and warm! 

We currently have a “high tech” bucket system for collecting water* from our leaking roof, windows magically self-open and are single glazed, and radiator temperatures can’t be controlled properly.

Doors (particularly in the backstage and administration areas) are worn, howl in the wind, and can get pinned tightly shut by an errant gale. They also fail modern fire safety standards.

*A bucket strategically placed under a drip or, sometimes stream.

Creative Spaces

We rehearse and create our shows right here at our home in Flintshire! But our rehearsal room was originally meant to be a library.

Conditions aren’t perfect for creating world-class theatre. Ideally our rehearsal room would be the same size as our stage (it’s not) with a sprung floor (ours isn’t) and we’d be able to hang set from the ceiling (we can’t). 

Our actors rehearse in a sometimes damp room, that’s almost always too hot or too cold, not particularly well lit, and unable to accommodate even a mock-up of the set. Of course we cheer up our actors with a nice cup of tea (and sometimes biscuits), but our staff facilities need updating too*.

*But it does have some really stunning curtains

For us to continue to attract the best UK talent to Flintshire having a space that inspires and feels welcoming (and doesn’t leak) is essential. Tamara (Artistic Director)

Everything else!

We love our building to bits – it’s big, bold and weirdly beautiful – but scratch the surface and it’s a bit of a mess.

From damp in storerooms to bits of our roof blowing away, from ceilings collapsing to issues with drainage – it’s not a pretty picture.

That’s why this redevelopment is so important to everyone in the theatre, in Flintshire, North Wales and UK. Without this building we lose one of our biggest cultural assets, future generations don’t have the chance to see magic on stage, the work with our communities can’t happen and economically, culturally and socially, we all come off worse.