News Story

With a big thanks to The Roses Theatre’s valued customers, supporters and donors, we’re delighted to announce that two asbestos fire doors and doors are being replaced in the backstage dressing room corridor.

Following our annual survey in July, it was recommended that these doors were replaced to make the backstage corridor safe for staff, crew and performers. The maintenance of the asbestos doors was being managed by The Roses staff; a common practice in the industry, but a long-term solution was desperately needed.

Last year we anticipated they would need replacing and our Buck-Up Backstage campaign raised £10,000 from kind donations to make this to happen.

Work started on Monday 8 January and it’s expected to take ten days to replace all doors. William Gough and Sons are replacing the doors and local company, Ledbury Surveys Ltd, are undertaking the careful task of removing the asbestos.

The Roses theatre was built in 1974 and due to changes in building regulations over the decades and general wear and tear we rely on donations to make critical improvements needed to the building, stage and technology.

We cannot rely on ticket sales alone to fund the improvements and maintenance of the venue. To keep ticket prices accessible, after paying performers we keep only 20% profit which is needed to pay staff, crew and every day running costs.

With a hugely successful youth theatre, community projects and ongoing building maintenance we need your help to keep this locally-regarded cornerstone of the community going.

“Given the building was built in 1974, naturally, The Roses has high maintenance costs and the safety of our staff, crew and performers at The Roses is of upmost importance. I’m incredibly grateful for the support of the local community and without them this wouldn’t have been possible. The Roses is well-known to be a place for a great night out, but not many people know that we’re a registered charity. To keep our ticket prices affordable, and continue to run our accessible youth theatre and community programmes at low-cost or free, the charity relies on the generosity of community to help maintain the building and keep The Roses thriving.”

Jess Brewster, Director of The Roses

You can support The Roses by making a one-off donation or through donating regularly by becoming a friend of The Roses. Every donation matters, it’s a gesture that echoes far beyond our stage.