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RAISE THE ROOF: Watford theatre hosts gala night to raise funds for new roof

 Published on: 28th February 2024   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Watford Pump House, a popular community arts venue, urgently needs to raise £750,000 to replace its roof.

As part of its Raise the Roof fundraising campaign, a gala night including a two-course dinner, licensed bar, casino, auction, live entertainment and music is being staged on April 6.

VIP tickets cost £75 and include the meal, while special guest tickets are available for £35 which let you enjoy everything else. Black tie is optional for both.

Sharon Gaffney, from the Pump House, said: “We wanted to put on a special night that celebrates everything that people love about the Pump House while raising much needed funds to replace the roof.”

The Pump House has been the vibrant hub for community arts activities in Watford for over 50 years. It used to be the old pumping station supplying water to the Watford area. In the early 1970s, the Victorian building was converted to provide a theatre auditorium and rehearsal room and it has been entertaining audiences ever since.

It has become known for nurturing and promoting the best local talent and is the driving force behind the annual Watford Fringe Festival. It is also home to diverse groups supporting children and those living with mental health problems, learning disabilities or dementia.

But all this could be in jeopardy if the venue isn’t able to raise £750,00 to replace its roof and make other much-needed improvements including additional seats in a new balcony area, significantly bigger dressing rooms, new, multi-purpose art and rehearsal studio space with natural light sources, provision of disabled access and facilities to performers, and additional performer support facilities for the Colne River Room space.

You can get your tickets at the Pump House’s website.

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