Congress Theatre backstage staff receive courtesy award

Stage manager Christian Robinson and his team at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne were recently awarded a courtesy certificate by the National Campaign for Courtesy.

Pictured receiving the award from Peter Foot is Christian Robinson surrounded by the backstage team: Simon Hine, Adam Briggs, Mason Pendry and James Luff with Ashridge Circle chairman Edward Thomas.
Pictured receiving the award from Peter Foot is Christian Robinson surrounded by the backstage team: Simon Hine, Adam Briggs, Mason Pendry and James Luff with Ashridge Circle chairman Edward Thomas.

It was recommended by Edward Thomas, chairman of the Ashridge Circle, who works closely with the stage staff for 12 Mondays each year when Ashridge present their evenings at the theatre. 70 year-old Thomas told Campaign chairman Peter G Foot: “Whenever I arrive at the Congress I am met with nothing but polite and friendly professionalism by Chris and the lads. I feel strongly that they deserve recognition.”

When approached with news of the award, Chris Robinson was taken aback: ‘Well, it’s natural to behave reasonably. That’s how I was brought up.”

He continued: “When I took over this job, one of my aims was that every touring company and artist visiting the Congress would be treated with courtesy, even if some choose not to treat us the same way. If things don’t always go right – perhaps the sound plays up or some other problem occurs – I like to think they all go away from here knowing that they have been treated well and professionally.”

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