Old Bakery Studios Go Digital To The World
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The Old Bakery studios first opened its doors as a performance space in April 2017, kicking off in style with the fabulous Bowie Lounge as a sumptuous taster of what was to come.
With owner Catherine King eager to showcase a wide variety of performances across the Arts, the Old Bakery hosted stand up comedy, cabaret, poetry, films, theatre, talks, workshops, Art and photographic exhibitions and, of course, music. The intimate venue rapidly became in vogue, with the venue’s 2020 diary containing a rich smorgasbord of both local and international entertainment until, inevitably, Covid put an abrupt end to plans.
Having built a terrific reputation in a short space of time and suddenly forced to a standstill, Cath was only too aware of how quickly the Old Bakery could follow in the footsteps of long established theatres across the country that had closed their doors for the last time. Following months of worry, the opportunity of financial help finally presented itself so Cath applied for, and thankfully received, a grant from the Arts Council England Cultural Recovery Fund.
The money from the Arts Council has funded the creation of OBTV – a magazine style format continuing the ethos of the Old Bakery by showcasing the raft of talent that Cornwall is so proud of. Each show involves music of various genres plus interviews with a range of artists who make up the rich tapestry of creativity that spreads from one end of Cornwall to the other. The series of 10 programmes is cause for celebration on many levels - OBTV streams to the world on You Tube and Facebook opening up an unprecedented global audience to local musicians, OBTV spreads the word about Cornish talent and the Bakery itself, but it also means much needed employment, not only for the musicians, but also the unseen heroes behind the scenes including music booker Julian Able, floor managers, videographers, photographers, editors, web designers and sound and lighting engineers.
With two shows already released, the OBTV team are now looking forward to the coming months as they continue to promote the cream of Cornish music while also planning a special to celebrate International Women’s Day in the Spring. Episode 3 of OBTV airs at 8pm on Sunday 17th January and includes top performances by The Voice winner Molly Hocking, Bluegrass stompers Flats & Sharps and Glasto wonder Sam Richardson. Louise Martin, Festival Queen and We Make Events campaigner, will share her thoughts on last year and how things are shaping up on the festival scene for 2021.
Huge congratulations to Cath King for her unwavering determination to keep going in the face of adversity and for gathering a core team of quality backstage guys to deliver the OBTV shows.
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