STOP PRESS -POLTROON
We are very sad to announce that due to a positive Covid test within the cast Poltroon has to be postponed until September. The cast member in question is isolating as will all others involved. Fortunately they were in a cast bubble and this does not affect the Sterts team and our volunteers as they operated independently whilst on site for rehearsals.
Re-arranged dates from July. If you were booked to see the show in July your booking will be transferred to the equivalent September (21st - 25th) date. For example; if you were booked in for Tuesday 6th July your booking will transfer to Tuesday 21st September. Your reference will not change and you need not do anything apart from enjoy the show. If you need to change the date contact or if you need a refund please contact .
Dear Actors, Friends, Subscribers and Supporters
Welcome to the latest Sterts Newsletter.
All of a sudden the season is upon us and our first visiting production, Poltroon opens next week. There are still tickets available but don't forget that we are still restricted on numbers and you cannot buy tickets on the door so get them now to avoid disappointment.
This is also going to apply to the first three performances of Shrek the Musical which opens on July 15th.
Thanks to our Arts Council England Recovery Grant and Puckator Ltd for their support for Sterts in their funding and sponsorship.
Sterts Theatre Co
The Hypochondriac and The Wolf from the Door, our In House plays are looking very good in rehearsal and tickets are selling well for everything so don't miss out.
Once our In House shows are open the great entertainment fl ows thick and fast as we go through July and into the summer holidays. We start with a visit from a brand new company Duke's Theatre with Romeo & Juliet followed by old friends Boxtree with Alice in Wonderland and Miracle Theatre with Star Crazy.
New Box Office...
Our new Box Office & Changing Places accessible toilet are ready; indeed I'm writing this from the new office. There will be a grand opening, exact date to be decided but the toilets, (not The Changing Place) will be available for Poltroon and the whole complex will be open in a few weeks.( see more info below)
We have had a brilliant response to a variety of requests for work, contributions & donations, thanks to all who have helped.
We have spoken to experts from Plymouth University and a Plymouth Special School to ensure that we are meeting the needs of the users. We have had a very positive response from both groups and are excited that Sterts is becoming even more community focussed and inclusive.
We have repeated this several times over the past few months but it bears repeating; the health and safety of all our actors, audience, performers and volunteers is our top priority. Alongside our "We're Good to Go" status awarded by Visit England, we have now been awarded the "See it Safely" Award from The Society of UK Theatre.
Until at least 19th July we are still under some restrictions; You will be asked to wear a mask as you move around the theatre, the One Way system, hand sanitising, rigorous cleaning etc will be continuing. We have been able to relax some of the movement restrictions and some shows will have intervals. What this means for you is that when you come to Sterts you will be able to enjoy exciting entertainment that is great value and you will feel safe and secure.
Our Covid Risk Assessor is back next week and if he agrees we will be able to increase numbers after the end of July but if you want to be sure to get a ticket don't wait, get buying!
Are you looking for a Volunteering opportunity that is all about entertainment in the fre sh air? Join Sterts Volunteer team. We have roles for all, we will train you and are a friendly, sociable and welcoming bunch. Contact Sarah on 01579 362382 or for more information.
Pre theatre suppers ...
We were going to have pre theatre suppers this summer but, due to the ongoing national recruitment crisis amongst hospitality staff this will not be happening. We have maintained a positive conversation with Joss & Kim at The Manor House Inn and look forward t o working with them in the future.
Our October/November season should be going on sale very soon and will include an exciting Studio production of Daphne du Maurier's spooky classic The Birds, a play that has fascinating echoes of the times we live in.
Actors, auditions are on Sunday 18th July. See HERE for audition details
We have also added an exciting last minute addition to our August programme. By George, she's almost got it is a fund raiser to help send one of our highly gifted young people to drama college. This will take place on Sunday 22nd August and it will be on sale on Sterts website very soon.
Your on-going loyalty and support is much appreciated and we are very much looking forward to welcoming you back to Sterts.
The big news is that we have been given an £18500 grant from the Clare Milne Trust that, along with funding from Cornwall Council, will allow us to establish an inclusive environment for all visitors.
As you know we have been developing a Community Hub with activities for the rural community which has so far played host to a Memory Café, a Men’s Shed, Pilates and Yoga classes, a craft workshop and a Women’s Group. Our ambition has always been to make the theatre more accessible but we've been held back due to the lack of appropriate facilities. But thanks to this grant from the trust, we will be able to build a ‘Changing Places’ disabled toilet within our new box office facility.
New Box Office/ The Pavillion
A combination of a generous Cornwall Council grant, volunteer-led fundraising from the ‘Sterts Family’ and the generosity of local businesses and community groups has helped us repurpose Looe’s former cricket pavilion into a new box office facility. The former pavilion was kindly donated by Menheniot Cricket Club and will not only house a new Box Office, but also administrative offices and the Changing Places toilet facility. This will enhance capacity in the main building for the Community Hub, enabling more local children and community groups to participate in activities, including the Junior and Senior Theatre groups.
Peter Woodward, our Centre Director, says: “Increasing our capacity and the inclusivity of Sterts has been a long held ambition for the charity and its volunteers. We’re a significant step closer to achieving that and I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to this – we’re so pleased that the community has embraced this vision.
“We are fully committed to developing our accessibility for our whole community and as we emerge from the national lockdown, we want to welcome everyone back to Sterts. We are partners with a number of specialist drama groups, schools and care homes but our toilet facilities have long fallen short of their expectations. We’re so thankful for this grant which complements the other improvements we have made in the theatre for the benefit of both disabled visitors and performers in recent years.”
A Huge THANK YOU!
In addition to the Claire Milne Trust, Cornwall Council and our wonderful volunteers, Sterts Theatre would like to thank the following organisations for their support:
Alusen Management Service Limited
Caradon Tool Hire Liskeard
Eagle Plant Hire Launceston
Ferguson Transport Plymouth
Martin Hoare Groundworks Upton Cross
Menheniot Cricket Club
Safesite Scaffolding Pensilva
Stewart Every General Builder Coad's Green
The Clare Milne Trust supports people living with disabilities in Devon and Cornwall. The Trust does this by making grants to charities working directly with people with disabilities in the South West. The Clare Milne Trust focuses its grants on small effective charities with good volunteer support.
Clare Milne, the granddaughter of Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne, had a disability and had therefore experienced the benefits that are garnered from well run and committed charities. The Trust was established in 2002 with funds derived from her grandfather, A.A. Milne. Clare died in 2012, but her legacy continues.
It is the aim of The Clare Milne Trust to support and improve the lives of people living with disabilities in Devon and Cornwall.