LETTER: White elephant

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In response to the article in last week’s Herald (July 16) about Worthing Theatres cutting their budget overspend by £300,000, it would be very easy to cut the deficit on salaries by employing fewer and better staff.

I have been visiting the Connaught for more than 30 years and have noticed in recent years that there are too many staff on duty doing anything.

They are sitting reading books or magazines, eating and drinking, and standing around talking in groups in the foyer.

Often their talking in the crush bar can be heard in the auditorium by patrons who have paid to watch a performance.

While all this is going on in the foyer, who is in the auditorium? No one!

When the film goes wrong in the studio, there is no one to speak to as often they are over in the Connaught.

What are the duty managers doing? The same as the ushers!

Volunteers could run the theatre far more efficiently than the present staff.

A lot of theatres only have volunteers who are keen to do a good job while on duty and not doss around the foyer.

As the theatre is only used by the minority of council tax payers, it would be better to pull the building down and develop the whole site.

The money saved to keep this white elephant afloat could be used for front line services we all use, such as hospitals and roads.

Mr G Fitzgerald

Sea Lane

Worthing

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