Joint open day

What goes on behind the scenes at Thames arts and heritage venues?

All will be revealed on Saturday 26 October, when The Players Theatre and Thame Museum are jointly holding an open day. This is a golden opportunity to visit the main arts and heritage venues of Thame and see what goes on behind the scenes. Visitors can discover the secrets of running a busy museum and find out what it’s like to stage a play at Thame’s only dedicated theatre.

At each venue, people will be shown round and hear about what goes into putting on a museum exhibition or a theatre production. There will be short presentations in each location every hour, on the hour, between 11am and 3pm. At the theatre, there will be informative sound and light demonstrations, while at the museum visitors can discover how an Elizabethan merchant got a complete make-over.

Both these highly regarded venues are registered charities, run entirely by volunteers.

As well as increasing awareness of Thame’s precious arts and culture venues, the Thame venues’ colleagues are hoping to whet the appetite of new volunteers who would like to help with duties, ranging from running front of house to creating sets or installing exhibition displays.

For those thinking about taking up a career in the arts, they can learn much that will offer practical insights and an appreciation of the work involved in making small theatres or town museums successful attractions.

There will be complimentary soft drinks or tea and coffee at both venues.

Thame Museum held its first open day in July and it was a great success.

Visiting is between 10am and 4pm.

Thame Museum, 79 High Street, Thame, OX9 3AE,
For more information contact [email protected]
The Players Theatre, Nelson Street, Thame, OX9 2DP,
For more information, contact [email protected]

Thame market c. 1950 from the museum’s photo archive.