This is the Premiere of a brand-new film by filmmaker and historian Chris Izod, looking at the history of theatre in our town. From the construction of the first purpose-built theatre on the sea front in 1793, Southend on Stage explores the growth of theatre and performance at no fewer that 18 venues, and the ways theatre has adapted to changing fashions and styles. This fascinating story is told through archive footage and photographs of the many long-gone theatrical venues across the town. How many will you recall? Or perhaps you performed at one or more of them over the years, as part of the town’s vibrant amateur dramatics and performing arts community?
Approximate running time 105mins
Presented by Chris Izod
+ WHEN EFFORTS BEGINS WITH CEREBRA
UK : 5mins : 2019
Directed by Samuel Turner
Before the Cerebra Innovation Centre won the St. David’s Awards in 2019, the animator & director Samuel Turner, who is autistic, wanted to improve his skills by showings his styles of talents and efforts to keep their charity organisations going in Wales. From video editing for film festivals to advertising an awareness at award ceremony’s at Thurrock Prince’s Trust Team, the magic is back to reality. To represent the 2nd anniversary of this award winning short film, Samuel Turner become the ITV Cymru Fundraiser of the 2020 Winner, after raising £2,000 GBP for Cerebra in helping children with brain conditions in the UK. He introduces the film together with Lost Voice Guy of Britain’s Got Talent.