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News from (a virtual) Westacre Theatre – The Winternet Season has arrived.

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News from (a virtual) Westacre Theatre – The Winternet Season has arrived.

Winternet is a brand new idea for Westacre Theatre.  Sadly, you can’t come to the Theatre this Christmas so Westacre is coming to you! 

Keen to bring as much good cheer as possible to everyone, your local community Theatre reached out to two dozen talented alumni from its long-running Bursary Scheme.  In suitably festive mood, they will put on their own very individual performances which you can view each day for free from the comfort of your own home. 

"We are desperately disappointed at not meeting with our audiences in person this year" explained director Sadie Grist, "but our Bursary students are stepping forward and their stories, songs and poems are enabling us to reconnect with our friends and supporters old and new all through December"

Graduating successfully into back-stage, on-stage and technical careers with top flight companies and venues across then UK, these students joined residencies that have run since 2005 thanks to welcome financial support from both the County Council and the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk over several years.  Many of the Theatre’s followers have also shown great generosity and without them the Scheme simply could not continue.

Contributing directly with staging the Theatre’s major summer productions, the students thoroughly enjoy being part of a dynamic theatre company.  Once a member of the wider Westacre family, always a member.  As in all families, the offspring never quite go away.  So, the response to Sadie’s call-out was heart-warming.  With a ready willingness, many familiar faces will present their party-pieces.

Among them is Rachel Cummings who opens the run on December 1st with “Music on a Christmas Morning” by Anne Bronte.  Last seen at Westacre in the hilarious The 39 Steps, her encore on December 13th is in very different vein – “Christmas in the Crescent” by Victoria Wood.


Chris Dobson was one of the original students on the Bursary Scheme in 2006-7 and has been acting for 13 years.  His excerpt from “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” by Dr Suess will be on December 6th.  “My residency at Westacre gave me practical training I would never have received anywhere else” admits a very grateful Chris who favourite work now is on puppetry tours for children in association with the BBC.


A 2018 student, Jazz Long performed in “Oh! What a Lovely War”.  On December 17th she will tell you all about “Christmas Dinner (and the Worm)”. 


On December 20th, 2007-8 student Laura Kate Nice will bring you an excerpt from the much loved “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.  She has worked on a wide variety of productions and media including appearances in the TV series “Call The Midwife”.


This year was to have seen great celebrations at the Theatre to mark its 30th anniversary.  “Inevitably all the special events were put on hold along with the Bursary Scheme too”, lamented Sadie Grist.  “So plans are now afoot for an even bigger year in 2021; we hope you will join us”.  Follow them on Instagram and keep an eye on the website as well


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