Friends of Shanklin Theatre

Generous donation from GKN

The wonderful people from the GKN Aerospace Employees Charity Fund have very kindly donated £1000 towards our replacement 'Legs' on our theatre stage. The Legs are large pieces of cloth that are designed to mask backstage areas of a theatre from spectators. They are designed for a variety of specific purposes and come in several types; many are made from black or other dark coloured, light-absorbing material, and heavyweight velour is the current industry standard for these. 

Typically, a set of two legs, one on each side of the stage, and one border, is used to form a complete masking ‘frame’ around the stage. Several such sets of legs and borders are typically employed at varying distances upstage from the proscenium (the part of a modern stage in front of the curtain).

The Chairman of the GKN Aerospace employees charity fund said: ‘This donation ensures that the theatre can continue to provide local entertainment to the residents and visitors of the Isle of Wight and allows the theatre to provide facilities for youth Drama Groups inspiring the Islands Young people to develop in the performing arts.’

GKN Donation
Pictured left to right are: Roy Coleman, ‘Gaffer’ Chris Gardner, Margaret Gummer (GKN), Stephanie Deiser (GKN), Julie Hinton (GKN), Roger Coleman theatre manager, Rebecca Gardner and our theatre MD Vic Farrow (middle). We personally thank Margaret, Stephanie & Julie for visiting Shanklin Theatre and presenting this fantastic donation made possible by the staff of the GKN charity fund. Thank you! 

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