We are looking for the opportunity to programme work from a broad cross section of what is available. Our programme so far has emerged through a largely organic response to the needs of the professional, local amateur and semi-professional artistic community. We have now reached the point where we are starting to shape this into a tangible framework and develop an audience development plan. Our audience for theatre is building as is our reputation for programming quality work. As a new organisation, we are working on box office splits or hires but are open to discussion, particularly on funded work.
In addition, we have become a vibrant home for live music gigs, festivals, cinema with live music, improvised music nights and pretty much anything in-between. We have our own grand piano on stage which is extremely popular with visiting musicians and a range of PA options available for hire. Our music events tend to focus on quality and / or fun. We have several spaces in which gigs can take place including the theatre and bar.
Our cinema facilities were added about a year after we opened and we have been able to consider our programming options carefully. We have chosen to screen films that our customers generally wouldn’t have access to on the big screen in the local area or may have missed the first time around. We’re also working with several carefully chosen partner organisations on programming to bring specialist evenings such as horror themed nights using 35mm film projection and guest speakers. The programming strands in this area split broadly into two categories and will merge into our eventual objectives for the live theatre plan –
World Screen – Supporting British film and the best releases from around the world that not everyone has access to.
Unseen Screen - Releases that need a second airing or that represent a group of people who have a distinctive story to tell.
Other programming areas in development
We are looking at ways in which we can grow our comedy audiences. Blending comedy into theatre, music or cinema has worked successful at Shelley Theatre but we have had very limited success with stand up comedy or cabaret. We have hosted several dance events but are still find the audince for this medium. We are hoping that alongside restoration works to the floors in several areas of our building, we may be able to open up dance in our spaces in more innovative ways. Once we have carried out the next phase of building works, we also hope to be able to host static art exhibitions.