Dear Actors, Friends, Subscribers and Supporter
Thanks to our Arts Council England Recovery Grant we are now well into rehearsing Shrek the musical.
We are also very grateful to Puckator Ltd for their incredible loyalty and ongoing support for Sterts in their sponsorship of Shrek.
Sterts Theatre Co
Our comedy The Hypochondriac is fully cast and rehearsing. We are going to add another play to our repertory. The Wolf from the Door is a satirical black comedy that poses some interesting questions. This has been cast and is in rehearsals.
New Box Office...
Our new Box Office & Changing Places accessible toilet will be ready for the season ( 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.
Pre theatre suppers ...
We are very sorry to inform you that due to the nationwide shortage of trained catering and hospitality staff The Manor House Inn will not be serving food at Sterts events this summer.
We have tried very hard to make this work and are very appreciative of the efforts of Joss & Kim to find a solution. We are still planning to work together and will hopefully be able to come up with a plan for 2022."
Our summer season opened to sell-out audiences with The Little Mermaid at the beginning of June and coming soon are The Countrymen and Poltroon which are both selling well. The rest of the summer season is now live on our website up to the end of September with both theatre and studio performances. We are only selling to half capacity at the moment. If our Covid Risk Assessor agrees we will be able to increase numbers after the end of June 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 fresh 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.
Your on-going loyalty and support is much appreciated and we are very much looking forward to welcoming you back to Sterts
Health and Safety
As we have consistently maintained, the health and safety of all our actors, audience, performers and volunteers is our top priority. The Covid Risk Assessor who set the rules for our successful opening has looked closely at our plans and is happy to give us clearance to open with an audience initially of 200 per show. We are still under some restrictions; One Way system, hand sanitising, rigorous cleaning etc. What this means for you is that when Sterts re-opens you will be able to enjoy exciting entertainment that is great value and you will feel safe and secure whilst you are at Sterts.
We have achieved "We're Good to Go" status by Visit England.
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.