A Bafta-nominated director will help chart the history of a prominent venue.

Approval has been given for a new documentary that will celebrate the Seagull Theatre, in Pakefield, Lowestoft.

Lowestoft-born director John Hales' idea to create an upbeat documentary about the community venue and its history has received a funding boost.

After building works to expand the theatre with a £300,000 development started last year at the venue on Morton Road, the new build is progressing.

And now a new documentary - to be funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund - will be directed by Mr Hales and produced by Cate Henderson, who has researched, produced and directed documentaries for ITV, C4, C5 and Sky.

It will examine the history of the building from Morton Road School (1896-1940) to today - a community venue, centre for arts and changemaker in the town's cultural life.

Lowestoft Journal: The Seagull Theatre in Pakefield. Picture: Seagull TheatreThe Seagull Theatre in Pakefield. Picture: Seagull Theatre (Image: Seagull Theatre)

Mr Hales said: "The Seagull saved my life as a kid.

"It’s the story of how the place came to be, how it progressed from school to coachworks, to theatre centre, education office and then was closed, only to be saved and reborn in 2007.

"Now 15 years later it’s an independent, thriving not for profit venue, with a cross section of users few organisations in the area can match."

Mrs Henderson said: "Ever since we moved to Pakefield, the Seagull Theatre has been an integral part of our lives.

"When I was approached to help bring this documentary to life, it was a no-brainer for me."

Seagull manager Karen Read said: "We have long cherished the idea of having a documentary made about the Seagull."

The production team is keen to hear from anyone with stories, photographs, footage and information about the building. Email documentary@theseagull.co.uk 

Students, who are keen to get involved with the production, are also sought by contacting documentary@theseagull.co.uk