Tuesday, 15 March 2022 00:00

Theatre seeks people and ideas for its fundraising drive

Written by  Richard Batson
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A theatre is putting fundraising in the spotlight as it plugs a funding gap in the wake of the pandemic. 

Sheringham Little Theatre is seeking help from its supporters and general public – to attend money-spinning shows and special events as well as weighing in with other fund-generating ideas and action to carry them out. 

Theatre director Debbie Thompson said: “Like many arts venues, we have had life-saving financial support from national and local government grants aiding Covid recovery.  But even though we have had that funding, we are not out of the woods yet – and could be staring at a five figure deficit. So we are using our upcoming in-house productions as money spinners to help our coffers recover – and also appealing to the public for ideas, energy, donations and involvement to help the Little Theatre make 2022 a year of recovery that gets us back on track.” 

Audiences at fundraising shows will be asked to help the cause by putting cash into buckets.

They are: J B Priestley’s classic comedy When We Are Married, by the Little Theatre Players, running from March 31 to April 2; an Easter celebration of musical theatre by our youth group, from April 14-16; and an outdoor concert by Cawston Brass Band at Mannington Hall on July 23.

A new fundraising committee is looking at other ways to generate income over and above the man sources of ticket sales and food and drink in the theatre’s Hub coffee bar. 

Ideas already taking shape include a July fashion show highlighting the styles and music from Victorian times to the 1980s, a quiz, autumn music event, “selling” the remaining 30 unsponsored seats in the 160-seater auditorium and encouraging people to make donations in lieu of birthday and Christmas gifts.

Debbie added: “While the core of the committee is theatre board members and existing supporters, we are very keen to recruit anyone who can help with ideas and the energy to help make them happen.”

Anyone with fundraising ideas, and wanting to join the campaign committee, should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop into the venue.

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