Unite the Union

Unite the Union

January 22, 2008 09:26 ET

Unite Campaign to Save Bangor Theatre

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Jan. 22, 2008) -

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Unite the union are to campaign against the University of Bangor's proposed plan to demolish one of only three theatres in the whole of North Wales and Bangor's only theatre, the Theatr Gwynedd in October 2008.

The proposed plan will mean closure of one of Wales' flagship theatres in October followed by the theatres complete demolition. A new arts complex, including a theatre, will then be commissioned with a plan to start to build a new theatre in the site in approximately five years.

The union believe the protracted time between closure and rebuilding of the new venue will deprive North Wales theatre goers one of the few venues in Wales which stage Welsh language performances.

This closure will also see the loss of 20 highly skilled staff who will find it impossible to find employment in the area and after the rebuild period the theatre will find it difficult to recruit experienced new staff.

As Bangor is a relatively small city suitable alternative temporary accommodation for the theatre's performances is not available and no funding has been secured to adapt such a building if one is found.

Unite Regional Officer, John Hamilton, said:

"This is a devastating blow for the workers, many of whom are Unite members, who are feeling extreme frustration and uncertainty about their future.

"The closure of this theatre will also be a huge blow for the local community as it forms a crucial part of Bangor's cultural life and serves many local community groups including many schools, dance and drama groups.

"Bangor as 'The City of Learning' would be immeasurably impoverished culturally to the detriment of the local people and many students who use its facilities alike.

"Unite is appalled that no contingency plan has been put forward and we will expect an extension on the closing date to ensure the theatre will remain open whilst talks are on going."

The union is now in talks with the theatre and is approaching local MPs and Assembly Members to support the campaign to save the theatre.

Contact Information

  • Unite Press Office
    John Hamilton
    07958 515 330
    or
    Unite Press Office
    Ashraf Choudhury
    020 7420 8914 or 07980 224761