Gwen Taylor records video message for people of Derby

Gwen Taylor, the patron of the Derby Hippodrome Restoration Trust recorded a video this weekend to encourage people to support the Hippodrome Crowdfunding Campaign. Gwen, who regularly tours the country performing on stage is also a well loved television actor, she has stared in Duty Free, Heartbeat, Coronation Street, A Bit of a Do, Monty Python's Life of Brian and The Lady in the Van. In this video she explains how the Derby Hippodrome inspired her career and how she wants this very special theatre to inspire future generations of actors.

The video can be found on our YouTube Channel…

Gwen has often spoken on this topic in the past. As a child she used to come to pantomimes at the Derby Hippodrome. She remembers with relish the electric atmosphere of the theatre when all three tiers of the auditorium were packed with families who has come to be entertained. It was this atmosphere which gave Gwen an interest in the theatres generally.

Gwen said “whilst digital entertainment has its place, it simply doesn’t replace theatre. Theatres bring communities together, audiences experience the same entertainment simultaneously and build up a connection with those around them. Theatres draw people into city centres and make an area thrive”.

Joan Travis