New studios showcased at Redbridge Drama Centre

TWO new state-of-the-art studios have been unveiled at Redbridge Drama Centre in a �100,000 move aimed at keeping youngsters off the streets.

TWO new state-of-the-art studios were unveiled at Redbridge Drama Centre on Thursday (Sept 16).

The centre in Churchfields, South Woodford now boasts high-tech computers and theatre equipment after receiving a �100,000 cash injection from Telford Homes, which owns the Queen Mary’s Gate development in High Road.

The number of workshops available will now be increased and the theatre programme will be expanded.

The Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Jim O’Shea declared the studio open at a ceremony which was attended by councillors, centre staff and representatives from Telford Homes.

Mr O’Shea said: “I’m a big supporter of this centre and we should be proud the borough has another excellent facility.

“It’s a tremendous tribute to the people who made it happen and it proves a new development can be a success.”

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Cllr Sue Nolan, cabinet member for leisure, said: “This drama centre is the only one of its kind and it is a privilege to be involved.”

The centre will work with all schools in the borough and is also available to touring theatre groups.

Construction Director at Telford Homes James Gaffney said: “We are particularly delighted we are able to see how the money will benefit the community.”

Telford Homes has also funded an art project for both private and housing association residents of Queen Mary’s Gate.