Spilsby Theatre           Managing since 2011

 

In 2011 Bruce and fellow performer Jane Scott re-opened Spilsby Theatre. It had been closed for more than 2 years. Neither of them had run a venue before, they didn't know the locality at all, and began with nothing more than a set of keys and some dreams! 

 

In 2013 they were awarded The East Lindsey Culture in the Community Award and The Community Champions Award for the voluntary time spent reviving the venue with a programme of music, community events and theatre.

Behind the scenes the theatre had a catalogue of problems and difficulties. The building itself, a grade II listed former courthouse was developing serious problems. 

With the help of other volunteers, by 2014 an audience for contemporary theatre had been developed and was growing, particularly through working with the Lincolnshire Rural and Community Touring programme and the Wolds Words Festival. However this came to an end in May 2015 when the auditorium had to close due to ceiling problems. 

The Sessions House CIC has now been formed, giving the venue a hopeful future. The organisation is working on funding a major regeneration of the building. Whilst 90% of the building remains closed to the public, the CIC has enabled one room to remain in use. A basic programme continues with regular community led events in the Sessions House Lounge.

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Spilsby Theatre is on The Theatres Trust -

Theatre Buildings at Risk Register.

© Bruce Knight