Thursday, 23 November 2017

New theatre boss quits

THE general manager of the Kenton Theatre in Henley has stood down after only four months.

Zsuzsi Lindsay, who has two young sons, wants to spend more time with her family but will stay on until her replacement is found.

She said: “I have a very young family and I am the main carer for my two young boys, who have really struggled with me having a full-time job.

“It would be unfair on my family to take on a job that requires more full-time commitment.

“I think there is going to be someone out there who will be able to make it their only focus.”

Ms Linday, 35, began work in September after Wendy Bowsher resigned as managing director.

She had organised the Reading Fringe performing arts festival for the previous four years.

Rick White, chairman of the Kenton trustees, said: “Myself and the other trustees have been very happy with Zsuzsi’s work as she has been effective since her appointment.

“But in recent weeks we have had discussions and have come to the realisation that, with her family commitments, Zsuzsi is not able to give the extra hours needed to fulfil her obligations in the role.

“She therefore decided it was best she stepped down. She’s going to stay on until we find a new general manager and make sure there is an orderly hand over of responsibilities.”

Ms Lindsay, who lives in Woodley, hopes to remain as a trustee or to volunteer at the theatre.

She said: “The Kenton is a fantastic part of the UK’s theatre heritage. I would love to stay on and help in some way.

“I’ve really enjoyed working there but it takes more time then I am able to give.”

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