New Studio Theatre Opens
09 March 2016
Work has finished on a new studio theatre as part of The Phoenix Theatre, Blyth’s development plan.
The Studio Theatre performed it’s inaugural play, Blood Brothers The Play recently which saw sell out audiences for the production by the Phoenix Theatre Youth Company.
The studio space was funded by grants from The Community Chest, The James Knott Trust and the 1989 Willan Trust and has seen what was once the original church hall transformed into a versatile space. Funding secured £30,000 towards the total cost of the development which exceeded £35,000.
Cast of Blood Brothers The Play, Council Leader of Northumberland County Council Cllr Grant Davey, Mayor of Blyth Margaret Parker and Cllr Susan Davey of Northumberland County Council.
Executive Director David Garrett said “We now have a wonderfully versatile space to compliment our main auditorium which is suitable for a number of community uses including meetings, seminars and conferences as well as a performance space, allowing us to engage with new writings and development pieces of work.”
At a time when some rural arts organisations are struggling to survive the Phoenix Theatre is a community theatre company on the up; investing in areas like the studio which will nurture the entertainers and writers of the future.
Last year saw the Phoenix Theatre celebrate 50 years of arts and entertainment in the community as well as record breaking ticket sales. The theatre was also awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of its work in the community.
Information on events and shows at The Phoenix Theatre are available through their website, www.thephoenixtheatre.org.uk or by calling the Box Office on 01670 367 228.