New events, exhibitions and shows for The Blakehay's future

PUBLISHED: 12:00 31 July 2014

Sally Heath manager, Blakehay.

Sally Heath manager, Blakehay.

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FREE events, exhibitions and a new programme of shows will be planned for next year at Weston's Blakehay Theatre to drive more people into the building.

The Blakehay’s manager Sally Heath proposed the idea of a trial period to Weston Town Council, which would see the café open through the summer holidays with artist exhibitions, acoustic sessions and plays performed.

The theatre in Wadham Street has celebrated its 10th birthday this year, which sparked the plan for a programme of summer events.

Ideas for exhibitions on emergency services, Weston Sea Cadets and World War One were originally scheduled to start this month, but Ms Heath and council members decided the activities could be better with more time to prepare.

Ms Heath said: “We want to get more Weston people coming in, where they can then look at artwork or listen to someone playing guitar and have a cup of coffee.

“It’s about having different people coming in and out and promoting Weston. It’s about linking everyone together and linking the shows in.

“If they are buying a ticket they may look at the artwork and if they are coming in for the artwork they may buy a ticket to a show.”

While discussing the potential for a plan to be put into action this year at the theatre, Councillor John Crockford-Hawley said: “What you are trying to do is commendable but I do not think you have given yourself enough time to do it.

“What we cannot afford to have is something which looks like a church hall.”

Ms Heath advised members of the council’s community services committee it would be better to put the plan into action next year once the ideas have been researched and advertised well, which was agreed.

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