A public outcry is taking place on Spain’s Costa del Sol as Alan Boardman was ousted from the board of Fuengirola’s  Salon Variety Theatre at yesterday’s AGM

Expats across Spain’s Costa del Sol’s expat community are up in arms as popular and hard working Alan Boardman was ousted from the board, after working painlessly for two years on behalf of the local expat theatre.

Popular Alan Boardman In Deep Thought

Alan himself notified the public personally as he wished the theatre well in the future as he announced:

“Well today I was voted off the Board of the Salon Varietes Theatre at the AGM.
I was hoping I’d put more than enough into the last two years but apparently not.
I wish the theatre all the very best going forward.”

The announcement sent shock waves through the land of theatre goers and entertainers of the expat Costa del Sol community.

Boardman, who has been a popular face in theatre land, especially in 2020 when the pandemic struck, as he organised many online events to entertain the whole expat community during a tough lockdown.

The cash strapped Salon Variety Theatre in Fuengirola, that itself has suffered throughout the pandemic, is currently fighting for survival financially to which Boardman announced last week personally.

last week, starting a campaign to save the theatre by way of a Go Fund Me charity page in an attempt to raise €30,000 by March to stay afloat, at the launch Boardman announced:

“The Salon Varietes Theatre in Fuengirola is in trouble.
Covid-19 has robbed it of thousands of euros and now the doors have been closed. In order to open again 30,000 euros must be raised. With no government funding or grants, the only way this can happen is if people join together to donate.
It’s a big ask but then this theatre is a big part of the wider Costa del Sol community.
Can you help? Here is the GoFundMe link if you would like to contribute. Thank you.”

Although whilst fundraising the theatre is now facing a backlash from its regulars goers, with some saying they won’t step inside  the theatre or donate until Boardman is reinstated.

Meanwhile Valerie Williams summed up many expat feelings when she said: “Alan I do not pick up your posts for some reason and Anne Marie Sheard pointed me to your statement. As President of FOTA I was so pleased you were on the board of SALVA as you have been so very helpful, honest and such a hard worker. You never had a break from promoting every show and you gave so much encouragement to us at FOTA – You supported everything we did, gave raffle prizes without any persuasion, came to our events, helped me so much at all times and ran those wonderful walking tours of Mijas with all donations going to the theatre. I am seriously upset about this and give you my full support. Thank you for all you have done for us and continue to do. You are an invaluable asset.”

It’s though just not theatre users who are shocked, the local top entertainers also came out in defence, Alexandra Avery, a popular singer on the coast who also puts on valuable shows at theatre, roared with anger as she said on social media:

Popular Costa del Sol Entertainer Alexandra Avery

 

“I’m disgusted, but not suprised! Anyone who is too popular is a threat.
I can only congratulate you for the earnest effort you made and for being the most approachable and respected board member we’ve had in quite a few years, you were always positive and inclusive. Thanks to both you and Jenny xxxx”

 

Alan’s removal from the Board, appears to be based more on internal politics than his contribution to the theatre, as over 150 postings on social media demonstrated an agenda was in place for his ‘organised removal’

This was summed up by one posters comments, that former board members agreed with fully who have found themselves in the same position in the past:

“All the best get stabbed in the back – and that place is full of back stabbers and self ego – your crime – you were too popular.”

It appears in a time of crisis – the Salon Variety Theatre may have ‘shot themselves in the foot’ with €29,000 still to raise and removing their finest advocate from the Board, the future may look bleak.


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