Theatre’s new rooms for Outreach project

Valerie Aston (centre back) ciefi buyer for Proudfoot supermarkets hands over a cheque for �1000 to members and supporters of Tiny Times  Tales part of the SJT Outreach programme.
Valerie Aston (centre back) ciefi buyer for Proudfoot supermarkets hands over a cheque for �1000 to members and supporters of Tiny Times Tales part of the SJT Outreach programme.

A new £350,000 community facility in Scarborough will open its doors to the public with a grand opening and taster day.

In its 60th anniversary year, the Stephen Joseph Theatre unveils The OutReach Rooms, a new dedicated learning space for its OutReach department which runs a varied programme of creative activities and works in, with and for the community.

Following a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 17 at noon, there will be free workshops taking place throughout the day until 4pm to showcase the range of activities on offer, including performances for toddlers, adult writing, stage combat, youth theatre, play reading, blood and guts stage make-up, circus skills, singing, storytelling and more.

Artistic director Chris Monks said: “Everyone at the theatre senses that these new spaces will invigorate our work and encourage more people to get creative.”

The development has been made possible through a £275,000 Arts Council Capital Grant via the National Lottery plus additional funds from donors, sponsors and raised through special events and public donations.

One of the donors was Proudfoot, with representative Valerie Aston pictured handing over £1,000 to the OutReach Rooms project.