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Diary: Lust for loos benefits creative community

Arts entrepreneur Janet Martin hopes to repurpose the Newport Victorian gentlemen’s loos as a theatre Arts entrepreneur Janet Martin hopes to repurpose the Newport Victorian gentlemen’s loos as a theatre
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Tabard tends to avoid public toilets. For obvious reasons. They’re dirty, mucky places and often are nothing more than a hang-out for people with not-so-pure intentions.

So Tabard was glad to hear that a toilet block in Wales is going to be turned into an arts space. That’s a much better use and will no doubt attract a different sort of clientele.

Just ask Janet Martin, the Newport philanthropist who is overseeing the conversion. She says it used to be a place for cottaging. For those who are too innocent to know what this means – well, let’s just say it’s not a term that describes people with a love of quaint buildings.

“I bought it with this pioneering attitude that I’ve got to win over the people and show them a place that was a ‘cottage’ can be something more interesting,” she told The Stage. She has also said she had “lusted after the loos” for 20 years. Whatever floats your boat, Janet.

Janet goes on to reveal that there will be chairs on the grass outside the block “so that instead of shooting up heroin and drinking Stella, people will be able to sit and watch performances”.

Or perhaps they’ll do both. Still, fair play to Martin for thinking outside of the box. Clearly she’s got nothing to loos. Couldn’t resist.

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