Amateur Stage Expo Venue Announced
Amateur Stage and amdram.co.uk are pleased to announce that the Business Design Centre in Islington, London is the venue of the first Amateur Stage Expo. The Amateur Stage Expo will be the first time in the UK that amateur theatre groups, traders, industry professionals and amateur theatre audiences have been assembled at one event. The Expo will be held on the 29th and 30th of October, with the expectation that the Expo will become a regular event on the amateur theatre calendar. With over 6000m2 of exhibition and performance space, The Design Centre should comfortably house the diverse aspects of the amateur theatre world.
Douglas Mayo and Jane Dickerson are the driving forces behind the Expo. Douglas is the Editor of Amateur Stage Magazine which is the UK’s only monthly national magazine for amateur theatre. Whilst Jane is the Editor of Amdram.co.uk, which was founded in 1997 and was one of the UK’s first online interactive information websites for amateur theatre.
The Amateur Stage Expo will be a celebration of everything amateur theatre. The event is being planned to include something for everyone no matter what their area of interest. There will be trade stands from the world of amateur theatre in the Traders Village on the main exhibition floor and those expected to exhibit include publishers, rightholders, scenery and props companies, costumiers, printers, venues, ticketing suppliers, banks, merchandisers, drama schools and many other organisations.
Amateur theatre groups from around the UK are being invited to exhibit at the Expo. This will give the groups a way to be seen, to encourage new members and also show what they have been achieving.
The Amateur Stage Expo will feature a main performance stage on the exhibition floor as well as a 500 seat intimate raked drama theatre which will be made available to amateur groups for performance. The intention being to showcase amateur groups from across the country and highlight new work available to amateur groups. A performance troupe is being assembled from the ranks of amateur groups which will combine with West End professionals to present new highlights from new musicals across the weekend providing a unique opportunity for young performers. There are also over 150 workshops are planned for the weekend covering both performance and the business of theatre. Whether your interest is on stage or off, there will be a workshop for you.
Information is being released as it happens via the website at http://www.amateurstageexpo.co.uk and at the moment people are being asked to register their interest so that the event can be organised around what visitors actually want. Alternatively you can contract Douglas via http://www.amateurstagemagazine.co.uk or Jane via http://amdram.co.uk.