Double boost for theatre

Just Regional
Jun 14, 2024 2 mins read

Unseen but vital work to benefit audiences and actors is being carried out behind the scenes at Sheringham Little Theatre.

Improvements to the changing rooms, scenery dock and backstage access have been made possible thanks to a £45,000 grant from North Norfolk District Council’s Businesses and Community Fund.

And an old gas boiler is being replaced with two air source heat pumps with money given to the theatre by the Sheringham Shoal windfarm’s Community Fund.

The changing room work will see benches replaced with movable desks, plus new partitions, which will make the space more flexible.

There will also be improvements to the floor in the scene dock and back stairs as well as a new ramp to make the stage accessible to all.

And the heating improvements will be felt in the auditorium and the Hub coffee bar.

Theatre director Debbie Thompson said: “As a charity-run theatre we can just about cover our arts activities as a going concern, but have to seek help when we have the need for sudden capital investment.

“Getting grants like these is fantastic so we can carry out the improvements we need that will help reduce our bills and increase our sustainability.”

The council has owned the building since 1974 and has previously supported the arts venue with refurbishment works including the revamped coffee bar and energy-efficient windows.

John Toye, council portfolio holder for sustainable growth, said: “Assisting much-loved places like the Little Theatre and helping them to accomplish things like better energy efficiency or opening up more opportunities to support the community is essential to growing North Norfolk.”

The Sheringham Shoal fund receives an annual donation of £100,000 from the windfarm to award grants to a wide range of community projects in north Norfolk.

Colin Galer, the windfarm’s power plant manager, said they were pleased to support the theatre, adding: “Sheringham Little Theatre is so much more than just a theatre. It plays an important role in the local community.”


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