AS FERNEHAM Hall celebrated its 30th anniversary, there was a chance for the public to have a glimpse behind the stage curtain at its open day.
There were backstage tours, demonstrations of sword-fighting and an appearance from a Dalek which appeared in the recent Doctor Who fan-film The Power of the Daleks, which was filmed at the Fareham theatre.
And there were also performances from some of the groups that have used the theatre over the decades, including song and dance from Bodyrox Productions and a musical medley by the South Downe Musical Society.
Other groups which use the facility, such as the Fareham Youth Council, SNAP Discos, Fareham Musical Society and Stage One Youth Theatre all had stands for people to see what they do too.
Theatre manager Rod Cameron said: ‘It’s a great facility for the borough. There are a lot of places now that don’t have places like this, so it’s a wonderful asset and I hope people keep supporting it.
‘These are difficult times now and I know that a lot of other venues are struggling, but it’s a great escape for people to come out and enjoy an evening of live entertainment and what will be a unique performance on the night – it’s not like a DVD where it’s the same every time.’
The Mayor of Fareham, Cllr Dennis Steadman, opened the day. He said: ‘It has done a lot for Fareham, it’s helped to put Fareham on the map and it has grown in stature and popularity over the past 30 years. It’s become a centre of excellence for shows and all-round entertainment in this region. Rod has done a great job here building this place up into what it has become.’
Belinda Thompson of St John’s Road in Locks Heath, was there with daughters Aimee, eight, and Laura, 11, as well as family friend Ria Choudhry, 11.
Mrs Thompson said: ‘We came along to cheer on the Bodyrox crew and to see what else they do here. We have been to shows here before and we think it’s a great place.’
Kirsten Skinner, producer for Bodyrox, said: ‘We’ve always had a wonderful experience here.’