You will all have been waiting and wondering about the fate of our beloved company. We are now in a position to be able to tell you that, following the sadly necessary evacuation of Estrela Hall after so many years, we have been able to save almost everything of sentimental value. All of our possessions are now stored in the A.D.C.E.O. – Associação Desportivo e Cultural de Encarnação e Olivais. (http://www.adceo.pt/)
This old cine-teatro is part of a sports association, providing daily lessons in yoga, karate etc. and outdoor sporting facilities.
The theatre, which is part of the complex, has been unused for nearly two years as same did not meet the standards required by IGAC (Inspecão Geral das Atividades Culturais). The theatre requires an ”updating” in its security, general quality standards and hygiene. Lisbon Players has undertaken to carry out these works and then have the use of the theatre for future performances. The rent to store all our Theatre items and for the use of the Theatre takes into account the fact that Lisbon Players are undertaking to renovate the space according to IGAC standards. Needless to say that this work will take some months to conclude and we foresee the opening of the Theatre in September of this year.
Lisbon Players are not restricted by the BOARD of ADCEO as to the time that we remain and a contract to that effect will be duly signed. This provides us with time to look for a more permanent solution. The Theatre is large, and has all we require, easy parking, easy access by metro and bus, and numerous restaurants and cafés abound.
Lisbon Players, meanwhile, have not been idle , and, due to the kindness and generosity of St Andrew’s Church in Lapa, already have events organised in February and March, “The Lover” by Harold Pinter on the 13th and 14th of February 9pm & Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” on the 26th & 27th of March at 9pm in conjunction with World Theatre Day! We hope to have further events before moving into our new space at ADCEO.
For now, the “new Lisbon Players” in Encarnação is strewn with our costumes, lights, sets, props, sofas, seating(!yes!) and much, much more. The BOARD of ADCEO will allow us to decorate areas of the foyer and Theatre with LP items and posters and we will be able to maintain our Bar facilities, thus continuing the Lisbon Players as an institution of English spoken Theatre, as it has been for over 70 years.
Committee members and volunteers have worked non-stop during December and January to make this all possible, and we look forward to the continued support of all members, friends and those involved with Lisbon Players to make this change over and the future an even better success than the past.
Watch this space for more information about our upcoming activities.
The LP Committee
The new structure for the 2019/20 committee, elected at the AGM, is as follows:
Paula Lobo Antunes
Please do not hesitate to contact us.