A belated Happy New Year to you all! How quickly the weeks go by, and yet it is a full calendar month since curtain down on our record-breaking and critically-acclaimed Christmas production of the evergreen family favourite, Oliver!

Oliver! smashed our previous Box Office record and served to show just how far the Loft has progressed as an organisation since 2009, when an article in a national newspaper no less, reported that the theatre “…has stopped using under-18s in its plays because of the burden of the Government’s child protection measures…”! Fast forward 7 years and the biggest selling show in the theatre’s history is delivered featuring no less than 25 actors aged under-16 – not to mention two delightful Bull Terriers! They were all – along with their adult counterparts (and not forgetting the backstage, production and front of house teams) – a joy to work with, and a credit to themselves, their friends and families, and of course the theatre. They are also a very welcome and vital element if the Loft is to continue to flourish long into the future! I should also mention that those measures are in place for a very good reason………

Business is slowly getting back to normal after the festivities, with rehearsals for our February production, All My Sons, well under way, with the Temple team due to start rehearsing this coming Sunday (22 January). We have also hosted a visiting production, The Austerity Games, presented by Tell Tale productions, and have two auditions to look forward to later this month – firstly for the Anton Chekov classic, The Cherry Orchard, on 22 January, and then for our next musical offering, Dogfight, on 29 January. Full details appear elsewhere on the website.

See you back here for Gus MacDonald’s production of All My Sons in February!

Best wishes