Campaign launched to help save Bungay's Fisher Theatre
A group of concerned residents have launched a campaign to raise £1,850 in match funding to pay for much needed repairs to Bungay's Grade II listed Fisher Theatre.
The building is thought to be the fourth oldest practicing theatre in England, but is in need of desperate repairs and is in danger of closing down permanently.
The money will be spent on completely renovating the facade of the building and original cellar, as well as to install power assisted doors to make the building wheelchair friendly.
The theatre has applied for a grant to cover the costs, but the group need to raise £1,850 in match funding to prove that they can contribute towards the redevelopment.
Jason Collins, manager of the Fisher Theatre, said: “I have been involved with the theatre for the past three years and have loved every minute. The original five trustees who started the theatre back in 1995, are all still involved and actively trying to see this theatre succeed.
“It is difficult now to imagine life in the area without the vibrant fisher theatre. It’s at the heart of the community, providing an unusually broad programme of arts events, and has won a number of awards.
“We should know about the money by November, if we have been successful. If we could we would do the work ourselves but it’s too specialist, so if we raise the funds we’ll be straight on to the contractors to book a slot. The difference should be seen around the time the daffodils come out.”
The theatre was first opened in February 1828, with a performance of The Belle’s Stratagem. The theatre was one of thirteen designed and built across East Anglia by David Fisher, serving the circuit of Fisher’s company, The Norfolk and Suffolk Company of Comedians.
The theatre/community centre has become the heart of the market town and is open every day for a variety of community, heritage and arts events. The venue can also be hired out for parties, meetings or marriages.
Local resident Hilary Mason, said: “The Fisher Theatre has made such a huge difference to Bungay and goes from strength to strength under Jason’s management. Please help us to repair and improve the building itself.”
The group have four weeks to reach their target and have turned to Yimby, the crowdfunding platform that allows anyone to raise money to make good things happen.
To make a donation or keep up to date with the running total, visit the group’s Yimby page at www.justgiving.com/yimby/fisher