Following the decision not to open until at least 2021, the Sleaford Playhouse is most definitely a 'Theatre in the Dark'.
Being a 100% voluntarily run theatre and Amateur Dramatic Society, we rely solely on our members, generous donations from local people, businesses and patrons and most of all, ticket sales.
Due to the pandemic and not being able to open our doors to the public this year will see a massive challenge for our trustees in continuing the upkeep and maintenance of a 195-year-old Grade II listed original Georgian Theatre. There are only two original Georgian Theatres working in England that have a rectangular-shaped auditorium like the Sleaford Playhouse.
Thanks to BBC Radio Lincolnshire and there series exposing Lincolnshire's Theatres in the Dark, we were featured for a whole week, sharing stories, history and many memories from some of our members.
We wanted to be able to share the pieces aired on the radio for anyone who missed the live broadcasts.
Therefore, over the next five weeks, we will be sharing them on our website, social media accounts and our YouTube Channel.
Here we have Part One and our Hon. Secretary, Christine Malkin, takes us through a detailed description of the newly refurbished foyer and shares a special visit that we received in 2014.
The Sleaford Playhouse is currently looking at funding support to make sure that we will continue to bring music, drama and many other events to the Theatre.
Our low membership fees provide an outlet and a hobby for our valuable members and provides a welcome source of income each year.
However, this is not enough to ensure the success and continuation of the Theatre.
In April 2020, a report from Statista showed that 75 per cent of people shop online at least once a month.
If you are one of these people, you could help raise FREE donations for the Sleaford Playhouse.
By shopping with Easyfundraising and choosing Sleaford Little Theatre as your chosen cause, every time you shop online, you can raise donations for us.
It is really straightforward. All you need to do is register at Easyfundraising.org.uk, chose Sleaford Little Theatre as your cause, search the Easyfundraising website for the online retailer you wish to shop from and then buy online as normal.
Thank you for your continued support and please check back for Part Two next week.