Stepping Out cast blog #4

Stepping Out” – A fond farewell to Salisbury

Cast member Adrian Grove talks about his time in Salisbury

As our time here in Salisbury comes to an end, we the cast firstly want to say a massive thank you to everyone at the Playhouse for making us so welcome.

Good regional theatre is incredibly difficult to maintain, particularly in these times of economic hardship and just getting audience members through the doors can be demanding. It takes a great team to make great theatre, but get it right, as I believe Gareth Machin and his team are doing, and what you produce is the beating heart of a community. A place where friends and family can meet during the day to enjoy coffee or lunch, or where you can relax by yourself, check your emails and read a book. In the evening, have dinner before seeing a show in the main house or the studio.

With the new meeting room, rehearsal space and restaurant, writers groups, community groups and businesses can assemble with all their requirements catered for under one roof. The main theatre also provides the perfect conference venue should the number of people be slightly higher. Finally, and most importantly, young people can flex their own creative muscles, learn about all aspects of the theatre, make friends and build confidence in themselves. After all, aren’t these the next generation who will keep the heart beating?

The combination of all these elements with great marketing and a fantastic season of plays puts “bums on seats”, smiles on faces and makes a town proud of its theatre. Salisbury Playhouse, we salute you – the Olympics may have finished but you are Gold!

One final note: I was asked to mention the cast’s favourite things to do in and around Salisbury (away from the theatre) so here they are in no particular order:

1. Salisbury Cathedral Spire Tour – a 2hr tour with incredible views and wonderful guides

2. Best breakfast goes to “Boston Tea Party” (but can be very busy at times)

3. Best lunch goes to “Cote

4. Salisbury Odeon is worth the visit just to see inside this wonderful old building

5. Best Wine Bar is the “Cosy Club

6.Best day trip – Hengistbury Head. Walk then go around the coast to Mudeford for Fish & Chips

7. There are 3 fabulous Vintage shops in Salisbury

8. Endless trails to walk and cycle in The New Forest National Park, or just head out along the river West of the Cathedral (great pubs and stunning views looking back at the Cathedral)

9. For the friendliest pasty in town go see the boys in “Pasty Presto

10. Best Thai food goes to “Thai Sarocha” on New Street

11. Salisbury Museum


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