D Day is here.
Posted by Deborah Aydon on 22nd Aug 2011 at 16:17 | The New Everyman | 9 comments
After months of fabulous closing events – the spectacular Macbeth; a lovely send-off from Roger McGough and Brian Patten; thousands of supporters coming to share their memories; a bonkers Finale with JCB, undertakers, fire and balloons; a bring-a-bottle-and-dish staff picnic - the building that’s had more farewells than Sinatra is now facing its final curtain.
I can’t pretend I haven’t been choked with emotion on many of these occasions. But everyone who’s seen the backstage (non) facilities, had their seat collapse under them, faced the indignity of getting into the building in a wheelchair, or attempted to pull off top class design in a space that fought them at every turn knows it has to be.
And everyone who’s seen and contributed to the designs for the new building knows that this is the beginning of a great adventure. This is the moment when the Everyman’s mighty spirit is liberated from a building that presented so many obstacles. At last we can create a new home in which so much more will be possible and so many more can get fully involved with our work.
If you haven’t yet seen the designs for the new Everyman (where have you BEEN?), they can be found here. If you have, then I hope you share our excitement at finally getting cracking with a development that’s been more than ten years in the planning.
The next few months will see the old Hope Hall carefully dismantled, as we’re re-using the original bricks in the new building and 90% of the materials will be recycled either here or elsewhere. There won’t be the high drama of wrecking balls or explosions: no catharsis, just a lot of care.
‘Demo’, as we’ve learnt to call it, will take us through the autumn, and then the new building will start to emerge this winter. We’ll be posting regular updates here, and the webcam will follow the process every step of the way, so do check in from time to time.
As far as the new Everyman is concerned, it’s B-Day. B for Beginning, for (re)Birth and for ‘Blimey: we’re off!’
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