The Poly

24 Church St, Falmouth : 01326 319461
The Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society

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The future of Theatre at the Poly!

Like many arts facilities, The Poly is full of vigour and striving to return to a full programme after the closures caused by the pandemic. 

During the months of closure, the Board took the opportunity to appoint surveyors to carry out health and safety checks on the Grade II listed building. During this consultation period it was determined improvements were needed before The Poly could be fully reopened. These works include upgrading technical equipment, such as lighting and electrics to meet current standards, repairs to the Main Gallery's ceiling and improvements to the dressing rooms, which are suffering from damp.

As with many buildings of its age, The Poly was found to have an area containing asbestos, located backstage, which will be taken out in the ongoing works. Although air and fabric tests in the auditorium revealed no asbestos present, its professional removal will be a prudent safeguard going forward. 

Some of the planned works have already been carried out, with other essential works to be completed after Christmas. The aim is for the theatre to be open from early 2022, initially for an extensive programme of films. All other performances will continue to be held in the Main Gallery until the theatre is fully open. 

A working group has been appointed to draw up plans for the complete refit of the theatre including renovating the backstage area, updating technical systems and creating better access to the performance spaces.

Where you come in!

We would like to hear from you to help us better understand how The Poly has been used in the past and what we need to do to ensure its future as a vibrant public space.

Below are a series of questions which will help inform our thinking. Please take a look and answer some, or all of the questions - or add your own comments on anything else you think we should know.

We would also like to invite you to a Consultation Day on Wednesday 1st Dec, from 1pm to 5pm. This will be a chance for you to come in, talk to us and view some of the plans we have been drawing up. If you can’t make it then and would like to come in another time, please let us know. We will also be organising other events going forward.

This is an ongoing process, which may change the more we learn. 

Thank you for your support. Your views are important to us and we look forward to welcoming you back to future events at The Poly.

You and the Poly.

Looking forward and aiming to improve the facilities at The Poly, it would be useful to build up a picture of how the stage and auditorium has been utilised, both in recent years (pre-Covid) and further back in our history. With this in mind, we are currently seeking input for this from a range of users including clients, volunteers and members.  

We have put together some questions below and would appreciate it if you could take a few moments to give us your feedback. We are particularly interested in hearing about the usage of the stage from a performer’s perspective, and from personnel involved in events from organisers to ushers.

  • How have you been involved in shows at The Poly? (visitor/performer/organiser/other?) When was this?
  • If you have been involved as a performer/organiser, what was the average size of your company delivering the show? Has your show featured under 18s?
  • Have the changing area facilities been adequate for the number of performers?
  • Has the lighting and audio/visual systems provided been adequate for you needs. If not, what was lacking? How could it have been improved?
  • Have you found the physical space on stage adequate? Have you made use of the orchestra pit?
  • Access to the auditorium and stage area have been highlighted as major issues, has the lack of disabled access impacted you personally? Or has it affected the shows in which you are involved?
  • Are there any other comments regarding to how the stage and auditorium and building are used you wish to bring to our attention?

Please send your comments, under the title of 'POLY FEEDBACK' to: info@thepoly.org   

25/11/21



The Poly team prepares to ensure a bright future for the much-loved community arts centre. 

Like many arts facilities, The Poly is full of vigour and striving to return to a full programme after the closures caused by the pandemic. 

The venue's two galleries have been open since July, with exhibitions quickly getting back on track - including the popular Members’ Exhibition in the summer. Lockdown may have been a difficult time for many, but there is no denying that it resulted in some incredible artistic output from the community. 

During the months of closure, the Board took the opportunity to appoint surveyors to carry out health and safety checks on the Grade II listed building. During this consultation period it was determined improvements were needed before The Poly could be fully reopened. These works include upgrading technical equipment, such as lighting and electrics to meet current standards, repairs to the Main Gallery's ceiling and improvements to the dressing rooms, which are suffering from damp.

As with many buildings of its age, The Poly was found to have an area containing asbestos, located backstage, which will be taken out in the ongoing works. Although air and fabric tests in the auditorium revealed no asbestos present, its professional removal will be a prudent safeguard going forward. 

Some of the planned works have already been carried out, with other essential works to be completed after Christmas. The aim is for the theatre to be open from early 2022, initially for an extensive programme of films. All other performances will continue to be held in the Main Gallery until the theatre is fully open. 

In the next couple of months, there is much to look forward to at The Poly with a number of events taking place in the lead up to Christmas – including a night of comedy with rising star Lou Sanders, a Christmas Fair and the return of hugely popular Near-ta Theatre Christmas Time Show. The Poly Pottery is continuing to run its popular handbuilding and throwing courses, as well as offering a kiln firing service to the community. The Spring Gallery is busy each week hosting a series of exhibitions, while the Guild shop is offering an even greater selection of handpicked designs. The Falmouth History Archive is also open for pre-booked visits. Please email history@thepoly.org for more details.  

The Poly is also pleased to announce that it will be teaming up with vibrant and innovative local business Wesup, who will be running a cafe and bar on the premises under their food and beverage brand Solskinn. There will be more news on this exciting development very soon. 

As always, The Poly wishes to thank its customers and members for their support. With its long legacy of being at the heart of the community, The Poly looks forward to ensuring a successful future for generations to come.

27/10/21

 

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