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    RUSU to lobby the University to build a purpose built, student run theatre

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      For the University to have a multi purpose theatre for the use of students outside and inside of their degree course. There is a severe lack of performance space for extra curricular activities across campus and for academic purposes there has also been a struggle in the past for space. The venue would require seating of up to or around 150, a stage, a lighting rig, a front of house area including toilets and a backstage area including dressing areas and toilets.</p>

      With the closure of the academic course Theatre Arts Education and Deaf Studies the University is already losing space there. While there is a great space in the form of Minghella Studios, the intake for Film, Theatre and Television is rapidly growing and that academic department alone is struggling for performance space. When you consider that there are 17 Arts Societies across the University who are all regularly looking for space, the fact a theatre space doesn't already exist raises questions. The Drama Society alone puts on 7 productions yearly, significantly enhancing student experience.</p>

      Along side the arts, this could be another opportunity for a lecture theatre opportunity with growing numbers in the University. Furthermore touring musicians, theatre groups, lecturers and professionals could use the space. Societies that host conferences and hire in guest speakers would also benefit from this addition to the University site. In addition to this it could offer an opportunity for student employment across the campus working on box offices and around the venue.</p>

      Idea submitted by Teddy Turpin

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