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Project information

Community and Education Extension

Louth Playgoers wants to create an extension to its existing theatre building to provide spaces that will facilitate an increased programme of workshops, participation work, education activities and informal presentations, including exhibitions. The spaces will be open for community use plus theatre

9 months

Charity information: Louth Playgoers

Louth Playgoers
  • Need


    There are no suitable facilities in the town of Louth to provide regular, affordable and focused space for participatory community arts activities and small scale performances/presentations. The Riverhead Theatre (home to Louth Playgoers) is stretched to capacity delivering its in house and visiting professional programme and needs additional space to meet need and demand for participation work, including its growing youth theatre and range of holiday programmes such as circus skills.


    The proposal is to create a self contained extension that will have separate entrance to enable use whilst events are being staged in the main theatre building. The extension will comprise two large spaces suitable for practical activity with 20-30 , and associated toilet and kitchen facilities. The new facility will be programmed by the theatre and a community management committee to enable a balnaced programme of events that fulfil the range of aspirations identified via initial feasibility.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To build a programme of participatory community arts for wide local involvement


    » Use the facility for an increased programme of daytime education workshops sometimes linked to the professional theatre programme.
    » Grow the youth theatre and other holiday projects to maximise demand and increase participant numbers.
    » Establish a local programming advisory committee to ensure that community arts users have a voice in the management of trhe facility.
    » Pro actively encourage a range of local arts groups to use the spaces for workshops, presentations, meetings and educational activity.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...
    200 people per week taking part in a wide range of activities in the new facility encompassing different art forms.

    Aim 2

    To engage more local people with the Riverhead Theatre and Louth Playgoers


    » Provide a wide range of new activities that will draw people not previously involved
    » Through new marketing/incentives, encourage those who take part in activity in the extension to attend performances and other events in the theatre.
    » Provide a voice and ownership of the facility through the Advisory Committee.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...
    An increase in Louth Playgoers audiences and an indication of crossover from participants to the theatre with new audiences achieved

    Aim 3

    To create additional rehearsal space for Louth Playgoers to make rehearsal processes more effective.


    » Schedule a certain amount of facility space for rehearsals.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...
    Enabling the Playgoers rehearsals to be completely accommodated within the theatre building and new extension spaces.

  • Impact


    In the long term the Riverhead Theatre will become a real centre and focus of local community arts activity benefiting everybody in Louth and surrounding villages. There will be a change in the quality of life for local people through increasing involvement and engagement in creative arts experiences. Success will be demonstrated through quantitative evaluation of the numbers benefiting and repeat visits and qualitatively by an asssessment of the impact on people's lives.


    There are typical risks associated with any building project encompassing fundraising, planning permissions, design and building costs and potential for cost overspend. In the first instance the intention is to undertake Stage 1 to achieve planning permission which will provide a secure platform for more detailed building cost assessment.


    By providing regular information updates on the Louth Playgoers web site and by sending Information Bulletins to all donors on a regular basis via e-mail where possible.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £35,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,000 Design costs Architect fees to develop outline designs to RIBA Stage D
      £6,500 Project Management Management of the next stage consultation and planning fees
      £3,500 Fundraising Applications to secure funding for stage 2

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Arts Council England £5,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Louth is a small market town in rural Lincolnshire witha population of circa 20,000 and a hinterland of villages and rural communities. The Riverhead Theatre is near the town centre and attracts a wide ranging audience of local people and thhose from a catchment of twenty miles radius.


    The beneficiaries will be all ages but with a particular emphasis on children and young people. Louth is not a well to do town, nor is it significantly deprived, but its disadvantages are perhaps to do with availability of facilities and creative opportunities. The whole community will benefit and therefore the project will contribute to community cohesion, togetherness and identity.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Louth Playgoers was established in 1932 and has played a leading role in the society and leisure facilities of Louth for nearly eighty years. It has an extraordinary track record of eproviding ongoing opportunities and engagement for local people with a tradition and history to its name. As the theatre for the community which achieved a new Lottery funded building in 2004 it is the obvious site for the development of the new facility and has car parking etc on site.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    John Lill (Artistic Director)

    As Artistic Director and a long standing member John is the Ambassador for the theatre and the champion of the Community and Education Extension.

    David Hill (Associate Director)

    David is responsible for programming the theatre's professional work and will be project manager for the extension project.

    Roy Hobson (Theatre Manager)

    Roy is the key day to day operations person ensuring the theatre runs smoothly and that the new facility will operate effectively.