Church musicians buy new fringe theatre

Christian musicians and producers, Samuel Facey, Bishop Mark Nicholson and Dave Prince -The DOXA Partnership – have achieved a long-held dream and bought a building, which they will turn into a 220-seater venue and arts centre in Croydon. The DOXA Partnership have big plans for the arts venue, which they have called The Barn. It is set to house a theatre, live studios and rehearsal space, and will stage drama productions, live music and educational events, and offer accredited arts courses for young people.

Facey, Bishop Nicholson and Prince, who staged the sell out gospel musical, ‘A Dream Across The Ocean’ in 2013, are excited about their new initiative, and believe that when The Barn opens it will make a real difference to arts provision in Croydon. Group spokesperson, Samuel Facey, stated: “In Croydon, arts facilities are very rare. The Barn is going to be the only fringe theatre in Croydon, so it’s important that we do the best we can to create a venue that is renowned for its intimacy, atmosphere and quality and, as producers, we want to present theatre that is innovative, inclusive and inspirational.”

An Open Day is planned for February 7, where members of the local community will be invited to hear The DOXA Partnership share their vision for the centre and their plans for The Barn’s future. Bianca Miller, runner-up on BBC 1 series, The Apprentice, will be the guest speaker. The DOXA Partnership are hoping to stage their first production in the Autumn, so watch this space. Visit www.doxapartnership.com for more details.

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