Trinity Theatre reveals towering ambition with heritage project
by William Mata | 12th November 2018
TRINITY Theatre is considering opening up its clocktower as a public viewing platform as part of efforts to boost its heritage offering.
As well as offering expansive views, the Church Road venue could also be used to hold exhibitions of storytelling to bring to life the history of the building and of Tunbridge Wells.
Alex Green, Executive Director of Trinity Theatre, wants the 188-year-old former Decimus Burton-designed church, to be more than the theatre, cinema, music venue and art gallery it currently operates as.
He said: “We have also amended the theatre constitution, adding heritage engagement to the core objectives of Trinity Theatre’s role in the community.
“We feel that in doing so, we bring together the artistic vision, programme and community outreach with a developing desire to protect and promote the heritage of a glorious local landmark.”
Trinity currently welcomes 90,000 a year and stages a popular annual pantomime. Managers want to expand their offering as plans for the nearby 1,200 seat Calverley Square theatre and the Amelia Scott cultural hub move forward.
Mr Green is leading proposals to create a ‘strong heritage destination’ and will present plans at a public meeting on November 21.
Members of the community are invited to see a presentation from Trinity’s Project Team and appointed architect Michael Kaner from local firm Kaner Olette.
“This project has great potential to complement the exciting developments elsewhere in the town [such as the Amelia Scott cultural hub], making Tunbridge Wells a strong heritage destination,” said Mr Green.
“To deliver this we really need people to submit their views to help guide us with exploring this new opportunity.”
He added: “We want to make Trinity Theatre an integral part of our Town and public support is vital to us.
“Therefore, we will host a two hour drop-in informal session, where we aim to deliver our ideas, listen to feedback and garner input.
“This will then be used to help us take our next steps on this journey.”
The meeting will be held inside Trinity Gallery from 5pm to 7pm on Wednesday, November 21.
For more information, visit: trinitytheatre.net