Empty shop theatre reopens

The UK’s first professional Shop Front Theatre is to re-open its doors again after closing briefly during the late summer.

Theatre Absolute have announced a new three-year lease for one of Coventry's empty shops has been secured with Coventry City Council. Julia Negus and Chris O’Connell from Theatre Absolute founded the Shop Front Theatre in City Arcade, Coventry in 2009. The 18-month pilot programme was a huge success with over 2,000 people visiting the shop, previously an empty fish & chip shop, as audiences, actors and participants.

Theatre Absolute is an award-winning Coventry-based theatre company that specialises in new writing and has a track record of producing new work that tours nationally and internationally including the award winning Street Trilogy (CAR, RAW, KID), and ZERO.

During the next three years the shop will not only host work created by Theatre Absolute, but there will be a new emphasis on making it available as an alternative space for other theatre makers to create and show their work. In March 2012, it will host the second Empty Shops Conference, organised by the Empty Shops Network.

A full programme of theatre work and events at the Shop Front Theatre will be announced shortly, starting with a Writing Gym. Led by Chris O’Connell, this creative workout for beginner writers takes place on 14th January 2012. To book a place for the Writing Gym or to find out more about the Shop and its work contact Julia@theatreabsolute.co.uk or 07799 292957.
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