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“ The Fiscal Stimulus Fund was set up by the States of Jersey to help the local economy and provide employment for local craftsmen.


Allocating the funds to this project has done exactly that and also enhanced the Opera House, its long-term future and viability





local artists can exhibit their work. Exhibitions will be on a one month rolling basis so that painters, photographers and other talented islanders can regularly make use of the space. Photographer Stephane Gimenez is the first to show his


Cafébar now means that the Opera House can offer an extended menu of hot and cold food, served Monday to Saturday, and on Sundays when shows are on. The revamped eatery now plates up a choice of breakfasts, brunches, light lunches, pre- theatre suppers and is also an alternative after-work venue for the west of St Helier.


Carlos Carneiro, Head of Bars & Catering said: “Having a larger, fully-equipped commercial kitchen is going to make all the difference to the way we operate. Now that we’re able to offer a wider range of reasonably priced dishes, OH! Cafébar will be a far more desirable town venue for residents, businesses and theatregoers. We can take up to 60 covers in one sitting and provide an enhanced catering service for in-house functions.”


Keeping the arts alive, the walls of the OH! Cafébar are now a dedicated gallery space where


work; an exhibition dedicated to Jersey landscapes.


The Upper Bar A new bar adjacent to the Upper Circle replaces the defunct Capriccio’s restaurant. The enlarged bar has capacity for 150 people standing, and 85 seated. Customers can enjoy a drink in the revamped room or private functions can be held in its relaxed atmosphere. Intended to ease congestion on show nights for the other theatre bars, it’s also envisaged that members of the public and companies will hire the venue for events and functions.


Additional Areas There are a number of other areas which have been improved thanks to the Fiscal Stimulus Funding. The most notable is the linking of the Gloucester Street building with its Seaton Place counterpart, which were previously separate units. The administration offices were originally housed in the latter along with redundant workshops and storage space – now the performance studio and JOH headquarters. Along with the offices, new corridors, a fire escape and WCs have all been finished in a contemporary style, which has contributed to the modernization of the previously dilapidated Seaton Place building. The redeveloped workplace environment is welcomed by staff. “We are so excited about the future. The possibilities are endless for the Opera House now in terms of diversification, increased revenue streams and a greater offering for the public. We couldn’t be happier with the results and are looking forward to sharing the new facilities with the local community and visitors to the island.” commented Jasmine Hendry.


For further information for use of any of the range of facilities now available at Jersey Opera House, please telephone (01534) 511115


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