At the Rose, our community sits at the heart of all that we do. So after an open consultation with hundreds of our audience members, we have created a manifesto to express the key values that we all share.
This will be a guide to all that we do at the Rose.
The Rose is important to me because:
… its a world-class theatre on my doorstep
… it feels like a home away from home
… its part of what makes Kingston an independent town with its own community centre
… it presents high-quality live theatre at affordable prices in a welcoming venue
… the youth theatre is superb, inclusive and brilliantly inspiring
… it allows me to experience drama in a fun environment and helps me make new friends
… engages with our community and the cafe is a great social hub
… it is a great theatre that puts on amazing productions
… its my local theatre - not all shows are to my taste, but that's how it should be!
In future, I want the Rose to:
… continue to be a beacon that brings the arts to all
… continue to develop community links with schools, the university and all ages in our community
… highlight local talent
… continue to innovate, presenting challenging, engaging and entertaining theatre
… be open and full of life again!
I want theatre that:
… sparks inspiration and community, and creates a safe space where anyone can come and be welcomed
… is affordable
… is fun, inclusive and exciting for all ages
… captures the senses and leaves a lasting memory
… takes me out of my comfort zone
… challenges and invites the audience to consider a different approach to issues and life.
… is culturally diverse
… that champions new writers of all ages
… is accessible to all and draws in people who might never have considered themselves theatre-goers
… is engaging, experimental, exciting and expressive
… makes me laugh, cry, think, jump and want to dance!
Theatre Matters Because
… it is a living thing that can be experienced in common with other people
… it holds up a mirror to the world and helps us to understand our place in it
… it is a way of reflecting our community, our history, and our hopes
... it opens up a whole cultural world to our children, in all its many forms, and is an essential part of our children’s education
… it broadens horizons, develops creativity and empathy and provides a way to create unity
… live entertainment is vital in an age when so much pre-recorded
… every performance is unique
… because it promotes discourse and through theatre we can enact social change.
… life is very, very dull without it!