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Get Together on May 20th (continued from Home page) Following an introduction by Kate Napier who acted as MC for the evening was Michael Holden, theatre consultant, who presented his thinking on a new way to develop the Redgrave and its environs should the Crest Nicholson/WBC Brightwells scheme not proceed. This took its cues from new housing near Exeter Cathedral and showed an exciting way to introduce such as a limited number of retail outlets all in a development that would provide an upgrade to the Redgrave’s facilities.

Kate Napier explored a new idea for a loyalty card scheme intended to foster increased audience loyalty and also encourage new audiences. To any group member, costs would be minimal and outweighed by the additional audience numbers generated. Kate asked for those interested to learn more to contact her for a follow up.

Then we heard from Roger Rendle about the online Box-Office scheme already in operation set up and used by Performers Together. Farnham Rep were also using this for their summer season. It is a low cost way for companies to offer a professional online box-office, a feature consistently expected by today’s audiences.

Mike Silver ran through the various publicity opportunities available to Group Members that promote cross-fertilisation of audiences and build numbers. He reminded people of the unique and valuable display possibilities for publicity materials afforded by the shop in the very centre of Farnham at the Lion and Lamb yard. Plus, further improvements to publicity opportunities were planned for the website on which Mike will be in contact.

Joe Michel spoke of funding opportunities available to Groups from his knowledge of this subject in particular talking of the benefit of several organisations uniting to seek funding together. This may be more appealing to funders and improve the chances of a successful bid.

The meeting then changed into a forum for all to discuss their recent activities, their plans for the next year and also their needs for resources. As well as funding, rehearsal space proved a common concern for groups whether small in number or very large.

The meeting was a positive success with demand for it to be a regular event, say twice a year.

Performers Together intends to further encourage new individuals to act as links for some groups and societies to contribute to such an event in the future where we do not yet have representation.

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