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Mr Moo on the road !   January 2021
  ICE to see you, to see you NICE! Spotlight has been visiting local schools in Bridlington to donate Mr Moo's ice-cream for the children still attending. It is such a pleasure to help out the community and small gestures like this are the least we can do during lockdown. Thank you to Harry at Mr Moo's for his donation also! A great team effort!
Hull Daily Mail/Hull Live Article   January 2021

Lifeline hope for Spotlight Theatre as lockdown threatens expansion plans
Bridlington's Spotlight Theatre is hoping to raise £12,000 to extend its post-Covid offering.

An East Yorkshire community theatre is hoping to come through the coronavirus pandemic a bigger and better facility for the people it serves.

Spotlight Theatre, in West Street, Bridlington, which acts as a community hub as well as a centre for performances, has been closed because of Covid-19 and has already lost out on more than £85,000 from cancelled shows.
But the not-for-profit theatre, owned and run by members and volunteers, is using lockdown to pursue an expansion plan and has launched a “Buy-a-Brick” campaign to raise the £12,000 it needs.

Spotlight has the opportunity to acquire part of the neighbouring garage premises, which would enable it to relocate its cramped workshop provide much-needed rehearsal and storage space.

Catherine Terry, a local actress, singer and director, who performs her own shows at Spotlight and teaches drama workshops there, said: “As the theatre is currently closed, now seems the sensible time to get building works under way, so that when it reopens, it can come back bigger and better.
“It's a really exciting prospect, but obviously, in the current times funds are low.”

The scheme calls for a wall to be built to divide the building, plus ancillary work including an additional access to the stage.
The estimated cost is £12,000, with bricks available to buy at £10 each via Spotlight Theatre’s JustGiving page.

West End and TV actress Catherine said: “The theatre is a fantastic community hub. Not only is it a theatre for performances but also for children's workshops, youth drama groups, live-streaming from the West End, opera, dementia-friendly film club, and more.
“Everyone is welcome, from those who want to be on stage performing in the shows, to backstage workers, lighting and sound technicians, wardrobe and props makers, to those who work front-of-house, give out programmes, run the raffle and serve behind the bar.
“The Spotlight is a family and so much is currently lost to the community by that not being available.
“However, while we are not able to use the theatre, we’re determined not to let the grass grow under our feet.
“We’ve been given a super opportunity and we hope to inspire people and raise some interest and support for our campaign.”

Catherine said that, in normal times, if there was a show on, rehearsals, classes and workshops would have to stop as there was no space apart from the stage to work on.
“This extension will mean that lessons, workshops and rehearsals will be able to continue, and importantly, it will also make it a much more attractive proposition as a venue for professional touring theatre companies to hire, which would bring more revenue into the theatre.”

For every brick bought, the purchaser’s name will be entered into a draw for a future Spotlight show of their choice, a theatre tour and a meet-the-cast opportunity.

Catherine said: “The arts have suffered dreadfully – like many people, I lost a full year of work overnight - but I admire this little theatre so much as it refuses to be beaten.”
Find out more about Spotlight Theatre on its website and Facebook page

Hull Daily Mail / Hull Live


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Posted by Spotlight Theatre Bridlington on Wednesday, 13 January 2021