Anarchy in the theatre

Yesterday was something of a special day for Wigan theatre. It was a chance for the members of the society to spruce up the building, undertake odd jobs, clean up, polish the fixtures and generally make the place as lovely as possible for when the new season opens next week.

I spent 4 hours working in the back stage area, putting set boards away, tidying up floor space, sorting out the props cupboards etc etc.

It was tiring work and to be honest it felt like the best thing I’ve done for months!!

The thing about our theatre is that it is precisely that; Our theatre. The society owns the building, we fund the productions and props and we are all equal members. Of course there is a chair appointed but they can only hold the position for 2 years. It is in a sense a collective anarchy.

As a treat for our hard work we were given a pie (this is Wigan after all) and an egg custard. A strange mix no doubt and I suppose if one were to be harsh, then hardly fair reward. Especially given the fact that the chap serving them had the filthiest hands I’ve ever seen.