Wednesday, 16 August 2017

A rose by any other name ...

"My fingers itch"
We are presently in rehearsal for Romeo and Juliet, to be performed at the theatre on 18th and 19th August. This is an energetic, stripped back, fast paced production. We are a community of all ages and we do not do special "youth productions", as our young people are equal members. This production has a cast of 14 from across our whole age range. it is ground breaking in many ways: it is the first Shakespeare play Wigton Theatre Club has put on its 64 year history; it is performed on a bare stage with modern dress; the script has been cut to make it both more fast moving and more poignant- we have lost none of the poetry and none of the action. This is a production for those who think Shakespeare is boring- The greatest love story of all time is still relevant, and has lost none of its power to move us to tears! The cast and musician are working very hard, and loving the challenge. Two performances only- not to be missed.

Since the current management committee took over in the autumn of 2013, the group has had two main aims: to improve the building and make it more attractive and comfortable for both audiences and visiting groups and bands; and to become a community theatre, involving as many local people as possible. Our motto is "Theatre for the community by the Community" Since the beginning of 2014, we have produced six shows written by local writers, we have hosted several concerts by local and international bands, and we have established once monthly Open Mic Nights which draw performers from all over North Cumbria. We run two classes a week teaching Theatre Skills to our young members, and our Pantomimes, written by our own in-house writing team are legendary and sell out nearly all of the eight performances!

This all  paid off in spades when we won Amateur Group of the Year award at Cumbria Life's Culture Awards in February this year.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

... and finally ...

... and finally, I get to write a new blog post. I have been absent from here for too long, but that's because I have been so involved in the daily life of our great little theatre that I haven't had time to write about it. I am going to try and update this blog over the next few weeks: and here is the next event- a fabulous concert in aid of Cumbria Community Foundations Flood Relief Fund.
Wigton Theatre Club is a charity, so we can't give money to other charities. However, we all want to support flood victims, and in addition are very grateful to Cumbria Community Foundation for their support of us. A representative of CCF will be at the John Peel Theatre to collect all donations. We are not selling tickets, but you CAN reserve a seat by messaging me, leaving a comment, phoning 016973 42570 or getting in touch with Hayden Dunstan. This is not our usual informal Open Mic Night, but a full scale concert with professional and semi professional performers. It will be a night to remember, and hopefully will raise lots of money for victims of the floods.

Saturday, 28 June 2014


After the success of Toad of Toad Hall, we are all looking forward to the total contrast of our next two events: our live concert on July 5th, and The Collector from 16th to 18th July:

Tuesday, 11 March 2014


View across the Solway to Criffel yesterday afternoon:
 Colours and textures to inspire:

And some of the jewellery it inspired!

Friday, 7 March 2014


Take a stroll along High Street, and glance into the windows of the Fountain Gallery. You will see our Artists of the Month- Hazel Jefferson, who lives and paints on the Solway Plain; and Ray Pearson, of Solway Pottery, who makes his pots from Solway clay. 

In the other window, it looks as if the tide has washed up sand, pebbles and a host of other interesting things. If like me you are an incurable beachcomber, you should enjoy spotting a number of small but intriguing objects among the pebbles. The window also carries a number of pictures of the Solway- both paintings and photographs, and there are more inside.

Can you see Hilary Harrison's delicate pots and Jenia Gorfunkel's glass fish?
Connie Jensen's sea glass jewellery

Annabelle Smith's delicate porcelain Bathing Belles

Saturday, 15 February 2014


 June 10th - 14th

TOAD OF TOAD HALL: an exciting new production of the Kenneth Grahame /A A Milne classic:
fun, wit and a little nostalgia for all the family. Part of the Wigton Windows / Spring Festival

October 21st - 24th 

PACK UP YOUR TROUBLES: a bitter-sweet programme of songs, readings and poems to commemorate the "War to end all wars" which broke out a hundred years ago.

December 9th - 13th

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK: a traditional panto with dames, cows and giants- what more can you want?