Our recent rebrand and upcoming plans were featured this month in Fine Magazine. The publication sat down with our artistic director, James Weisz to talk community interest theatre, the struggles involved in repurposing methodist churches, and the exciting developments going on here in London Road.
“The theatre lives in a re-purposed ex-Methodist church in the heart of the recently regenerated London Road area in Brighton. I’d wanted to open my own theatre for years, and had been looking at various venues when I saw the church [at 88 London Road] … Emporium is being rebranded at 88 London Road to emphasise the team’s commitment to the regeneration and revival of the area. And it become a CIC (Community Interest Company) in March, vowing to use its activities not just for profit but for community good … When we arrived in London Road, it was really dead but I’m delighted to say this is gradually becoming a really vibrant part of the city. We’re all very proud to be here, playing a part in the local community.” – James Weisz