Spilsby Theatre: A venue supporting new, Lincolnshire talent

Spilsby Theatre is a unique venue which continuously supports new and exciting talent from the world of music and theatre.

Designed by H.E. Kendall and built in 1824, the grade II listed building was originally used as a prison and court house. It became a theatre in 1984.

With some of its original features still in tact, Spilsby Theatre is a stunning venue enriched with historical value.

Unfortunately, there are several hazards with the structure of the building and the main auditorium has been closed since May 2015 due to problems with the ceiling. The theatre was also placed on the Theatre Buildings at Risk register (TBAR), in September 2016.

Despite this, members of the community have formed The Sessions House, a not for profit Community Interest Company.

They are currently running monthly events, such as live music jams and poetry readings, in the studio theatre and the bar. The theatre is currently running on donations from those attending these events.

Bruce Knight is the volunteer manager and sees his job as ‘a huge learning curve’ as he has never taken on a project like this before. He has several ideas for the future of the theatre.

Sophia Woodcraft is singer and song writer from Lincolnshire. She has performed several times at Spilsby Theatre, with her first gig there at the age of 16.

She said: “It is a beautiful theatre, which has such a lovely atmosphere for live music.”

With a mesmerising voice, and a modern, folk style, she is the support artist for future gigs at the venue. Find out more about Sophia on our Profiles page.

The Session House group have also created a YouTube video named Can you fix our building? to encourage support for the development of the theatre which includes an interview with Bruce as well as Lizzie Atkin, the director of the Grubby Knees programme at the theatre.

She said: “It’s the most unique theatre space in Lincolnshire. This building has so much history and heritage.”

If you want to see some exceptional and new talent, then check out the events at Spilsby Theatre, with singer Emma Ballantine and a production of Steptoe and Son in the pipeline.

More info on Emma Ballatine can be found on our Profiles page.

As well as putting on several events, The Studio Theatre and The Bar are both available to hire for all sorts of events, such as theatre and band rehearsals, workshops, and even birthday parties.

Have a look at their website or Facebook for more information and future events.

You can also call 01790 752936 or email info@spilsbytheatre.com

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LpolkinghorneWritten by Laura Polkinghorne

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