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As you may have seen in the media there was a site visit to the RST building on Sunday, mainly for staff and invited guests. I have been sent a couple of posts from two of our Courtyard Theatre Tour guides who went on the visit, both seemed impressed with what they saw and with what they can now imagine will be in place by the end of the year. If you went perhaps you could add your comments and impressions for the rest of us who were not able to go this time.

 From one –

“I went on the 10.15 site visit today which was fascinating!  There is still alot of work to do inside the building and the Swan is in a very dishevelled state which I wasn’t expecting but Michael Boyd and Vicky Heywood are very optimistic that the work will be finished on time.  They both spoke to the gathered visitors and were obviously delighted with the progress so far.

 One can picture the finished thrust stage and horse-show shaped seating area as we stood on the stage and were able to look around and up – very high; much, much higher than the Courtyard and down at the huge space beneath the stage.  This obviously means there will be ample scope for large pieces of scenery, props etc.

 The walk-way area around the auditoriums will be a great bonus I think and already you can imagine walking around, sitting having a cuppa with friends etc so overall I left feeling very confident and excited about the reopening in the Autumn.”

 And from another –

“The transformed theatre is looking great already, I’m even more excited about it now.  Today was really well organised and interesting and there was a useful handout.  Facts that stick in my mind include: – they have increased number of ladies toilets from 19 to 47 (yay!).

Four areas of improvement in The Swan Theatre: – they will be refurbishing the seats  – same seats but more padding (hurrah!), new carpets, new air-conditioning and it is being re-wired. The public areas seem plentiful and very spacious. All the dressing rooms will have a balcony overlooking the Avon. And from what I could tell from standing on the stage, it seems they have retained the intimate feel of the Courtyard.”

It really is all very exciting!!

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