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The   Brookside   Theatre   is   an   award-winning   140-seat   theatre   in   the   London   Borough   of   Havering   and   the   first   and   only professional arts venue in Romford. Based   within   the   historic   Romford   War   Memorial   buildings,   it   was   established   in   2012   and   now   plays   host   to   a   varied programme of events; full scale musicals, plays, live music, stand-up comedy, tribute acts and celebrity guests. The   aim   of   the   theatre   has   been   to   raise   funds   for   the   continued   renovation   and   subsequent   upkeep   of   these   historic buildings.   It   is   entirely   self-sufficient,   self-funded   and   voluntarily   run   and   serves   to   entertain,   enrich,   inspire   and   educate   the community and provide a first-class theatrical experience that is both accessible and affordable. Through   the   theatre,   creative   opportunities   are   provided   for   members   of   the   community   of   all   ages   to   learn   and   experience all   aspects   of   theatre   production   and   with   the   introduction   of   two   in-house   societies,   members   of   the   community   are   actively encouraged   to   participate   in   in-house   events.   The   theatre   also   offers   the   opportunity   of   showcasing   local   talent   and   provides arts educational programs that promote life-long learning to the borough’s diverse community.   “Stunning production values and a great new venue. Seriously recommended.” – Time Out “...easily meets West End standards!” – Hornchurch Life “We were thrilled to discover such a great venue on our doorstep. The Romford community are in for a real treat.” – Romford Recorder “A real gem in the heart of Essex.” – Time FM “Highly impressed with the excellence of this new venture.” – Romford & Havering Post  “Great venture, putting some of the pride back into Romford.” – Audience member “A marvellous little theatre in the heart of Essex. We, the residents of Havering should support this little treasure.” – Cllr. Melvin Wallace A BRIEF HISTORY In   2011,   a   small   group   of   volunteers   embarked   on   a   self-instigated   and   self-funded   venture   to   restore   a   long-forgotten   WW2 War   Memorial   on   Eastern   Road,   Romford.   Tragically   neglected   for   many   years,   the   Romford   War   Memorial   ‘Old   Folks’   Club was   built   in   1953   to   commemorate   the   service   personnel   and   civilians   from   the   borough   who   lost   their   lives   during   the Second   World   War.   Within   one   of   the   buildings,   were   discovered   oak   panels   donated   by   the   US   Air   Force   in   recognition   of   the hospitality   they   received   whilst   stationed   here   during   the   War.   The   panels,   engraved   with   the   names   of   many   of   those   who perished, had not been seen by the public for over 30 years. In   addition   to   preserving   the   memory   of   those   who   made   the   ultimate   sacrifice   and   ensuring   that   the   War   Memorial   was   to become,   once   again,   the   fitting   tribute   that   it   was   originally   intended   to   be,   the   team   were   able   to   re-imagine   and   re-open these   historical   buildings   as   Romford’s   first-ever   theatre   with   no   grants,   funding   or   financial   assistance   of   any   kind.   In   just   a few   years   and   with   an   incredible   amount   of   hard   work   and   dedication,   the   Romford   War   Memorial,   was   to   become   once again,   an   important   and   integral   part   of   the   community,   engaging   countless   members   thereof.   Through   the   effort,   dedication and   devotion   of   the   team,   the   Brookside   Theatre   has   become   an   important   and   integral   part   of   life   in   our   borough,   and   a   site of significant cultural and historical importance.
The Brookside Theatre is a  non-profit organisation and all events are  staged to raise money for the Romford War  Memorial Social Club (Reg. Charity No.  206748)
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The   Brookside   Theatre   is   an   award-winning   140-seat   theatre   in   the London   Borough   of   Havering   and   the   first   and   only   professional   arts venue in Romford. Based   within   the   historic   Romford   War   Memorial   buildings,   it   was established   in   2012   and   now   plays   host   to   a   varied   programme   of events;   full   scale   musicals,   plays,   live   music,   stand-up   comedy,   tribute acts and celebrity guests. The   aim   of   the   theatre   has   been   to   raise   funds   for   the   continued renovation   and   subsequent   upkeep   of   these   historic   buildings.   It   is entirely   self-sufficient,   self-funded   and   voluntarily   run   and   serves   to entertain,   enrich,   inspire   and   educate   the   community   and   provide   a first-class theatrical experience that is both accessible and affordable. Through     the     theatre,     creative     opportunities     are     provided     for members   of   the   community   of   all   ages   to   learn   and   experience   all aspects   of   theatre   production   and   with   the   introduction   of   two   in- house   societies,   members   of   the   community   are   actively   encouraged to    participate    in    in-house    events.    The    theatre    also    offers    the opportunity   of   showcasing   local   talent   and   provides   arts   educational programs   that   promote   life-long   learning   to   the   borough’s   diverse community.   “Stunning production values and a great new venue. Seriously recommended.” – Time Out “...easily meets West End standards!” – Hornchurch Life “We were thrilled to discover such a great venue on our doorstep. The Romford community are in for a real treat.” – Romford Recorder “A real gem in the heart of Essex.” – Time FM “Highly impressed with the excellence of this new venture.” – Romford & Havering Post  “Great venture, putting some of the pride back into Romford.” – Audience member “A marvellous little theatre in the heart of Essex. We, the residents of Havering should support this little treasure.” – Cllr. Melvin Wallace A BRIEF HISTORY In   2011,   a   small   group   of   volunteers   embarked   on   a   self-instigated and    self-funded    venture    to    restore    a    long-forgotten    WW2    War Memorial   on   Eastern   Road,   Romford.   Tragically   neglected   for   many years,   the   Romford   War   Memorial   ‘Old   Folks’   Club   was   built   in   1953   to commemorate   the   service   personnel   and   civilians   from   the   borough who   lost   their   lives   during   the   Second   World   War.   Within   one   of   the buildings,   were   discovered   oak   panels   donated   by   the   US   Air   Force   in recognition    of    the    hospitality    they    received    whilst    stationed    here during   the   War.   The   panels,   engraved   with   the   names   of   many   of those   who   perished,   had   not   been   seen   by   the   public   for   over   30 years. In    addition    to    preserving    the    memory    of    those    who    made    the ultimate    sacrifice    and    ensuring    that    the    War    Memorial    was    to become,   once   again,   the   fitting   tribute   that   it   was   originally   intended to   be,   the   team   were   able   to   re-imagine   and   re-open   these   historical buildings   as   Romford’s   first-ever   theatre   with   no   grants,   funding   or financial    assistance    of    any    kind.    In    just    a    few    years    and    with    an incredible   amount   of   hard   work   and   dedication,   the   Romford   War Memorial,   was   to   become   once   again,   an   important   and   integral   part of   the   community,   engaging   countless   members   thereof.   Through   the effort,   dedication   and   devotion   of   the   team,   the   Brookside   Theatre has   become   an   important   and   integral   part   of   life   in   our   borough, and a site of significant cultural and historical importance.
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The Brookside Theatre is a  non-profit organisation and all events are  staged to raise money for the Romford War  Memorial Social Club (Reg. Charity No. 206748)
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