Marina Theatre trustees event proves a big success

EFFORTS to safeguard the future of Lowestoft's Marina Theatre have been given a major boost after an event to attract new trustees was declared a big success.

An open evening was held last Thursday for people interested in becoming members of the Marina Theatre Trust, which is preparing to take over the day-to-day running of the venue from Waveney District Council.

The theatre's supporters were delighted with the turnout and now – subject to final council approval – they are preparing to select the board of trustees that will guide the new charitable, not-for-profit organisation.

The open evening attracted a number of people with specialist skills and experience, and the council and theatre management team said they were delighted by both the number and high calibre of the would-be trustees.

Stephen Ardley, Waveney cabinet member for partnerships, said: 'We couldn't be more delighted with the response we've had so far, and I am certain that the theatre would be in very safe hands.'

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Theatre manager Martin Halliday said the future now looked very bright. He added: 'The Marina Theatre Trust intends to safeguard the future of a cultural jewel in Waveney's crown, laying down a template for the next 15 years to ensure a high standard of entertainment and arts provision.'

The event was also presented a chance for project managers to outline the timescale for the establishment of the Marina Theatre Trust and explain the role of a trustee.

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Subject to business case approval by the council's cabinet in November, trustees will form the governing board that is poised to take over the running of the Edwardian theatre in December.

Applications from would-be trustees are still being welcomed from all sections of the local community. The closing date for applications is Thursday, June 30, and shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on Friday July 8.

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