New hopes Spilsby Theatre will return to former glory

Spilsby Theatre volunteer manager Bruce Knight in the studio theatre. ANL-151016-142636001
Spilsby Theatre volunteer manager Bruce Knight in the studio theatre. ANL-151016-142636001
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Curtains are rising on a new dawn for Spilsby Theatre after a second charity has been formerly offered the building.

Concerns have been growing for the former 19th century sessions house in Church Street, which has struggled to survive as a theatre in recent years,

The building has been owned by The Dandelion Trust since 1989, five years after becoming a theatre, but now the charity has formerly offered it to the Lincolnshire Community Foundation.

Volunteer manager Bruce Knight is already in talks with the Foundation about how the theatre can be returned to its former glory.

Mr Knight, who lives on site and gave up his own career in the spotlight to follow his dream, said it has taken a long time to get this far.

He said: “It was a huge personal risk, but things are changing. People think lottery funding falls out of the sky but it doesn’t work like that. But we’ve now formed a board of trustees called The Sessions House, have a bank account and a constitution.

“The Sessions House Project is bringing new community ownership and management to Spilsby Theatre.

“Long-term this will be a major project for Lincolnshire and we are already discussing what we need to make it happen.

“What I’d say to people is get involved - this is going to be something amazing.”

In the meantime, with the main stage out of use, volunteers have created a 35-seat studio theatre and new bar in a former office and meeting room. The original bar continues to be used for music events.

A new group for young people, called Rubbing Knees, started last month, with the next sessions beginning on Tuesday evenings from November 3.

The Wolds Worlds Festival comes to Spilsby Theatre on Saturday with a talk on the Firsby to Spilsby branch line at 3pm, On Sunday there is a Scrooge and Christmas Carol workshop at 1.30pm, which is a taster for anyone who might like to get involved in the Christmas production from December 16-19.

For more details on the theatre or to get involved visit the website or email info@spilsbytheatre.org.uk