That Niggling Feeling…
… when I read the latest edition of Greenwich Time.
When a newspaper that is the unashamed mouthpiece of the council uses such weasel words as “the borough is also working with the [Greenwich] theatre to explore the future of the building” without even attempting to jazz it up, alarm bells start ringing in my spectral ears.
They’re somewhat clumsily trying to make it look like a good news story – a ‘boost for the arts,’ no less – bigging up the old borough hall as a new hub for the performing arts – which to me just reads as’a way to close down the theatre by pretending to move it into the old borough hall.’
I mean – c’mon – if it was a good ‘future of the building’ Greenwich Time would have been all over the lovely, exciting possiblities like a particularly virilant rash. It’s the sin of omission, GT – when you’re desperate to make everything the council does look good, missing something like that out sounds bloomin’ ominous to me.
Back in the 1960s the people of Greenwich – not just the posh ones – everybody – went to incredible lengths to not only save Greenwich Theatre but to rebuild it and create something quite extraordinary – a force to be reckoned with in 1970s and 80s theatre, attracting major, A-lister stars. Just google within this blog and you’ll find loads of references to the recent history of the place – it’s impressive.
Sadly, thanks to the savage cuts of the 1990s and beyond it’s no longer able to keep up the kind of starry presence it had, but Greenwich Theatre is still an important venue. We owe it to the residents who saved it for us, to keep a close eye on what the council intend to do with not just the theatre but the building – if not for ourselves, for the generation that comes after us.
At the moment, this is just a niggle at the back of my tricorn. But I – and many other residents, if my postbag is to be believed – will be watching this story closely. If there is the slightest whiff of anything – well – how shall I put it…evil…I’ll be manning those barricades faster than the entire cast of Les Miserables.
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