Your article: Generous donation to support children’s theatre

Janet Farmer (far left) with Di Wragg, member of the audience, and Ian Smith (holding cheque), together with Friends committee member Sarah Oakden (far right) and the Santa in Love cast.
Janet Farmer (far left) with Di Wragg, member of the audience, and Ian Smith (holding cheque), together with Friends committee member Sarah Oakden (far right) and the Santa in Love cast.

This year’s children’s live theatre programme at Pocklington Arts Centre got off to a fun-filled start with ‘Santa in Love’.

Keen to encourage and develop the engagement of young people in live theatre, the Friends of Pocklington Arts Centre are supporting this season’s Children’s Theatre Programme and presented venue manager, Janet Farmer, with a cheque for £3,000 after the performance.

Janet thanked the Friends for their support and said: “This substantial donation will enable the venue to enhance its programme of children/family productions for 2016. The continued support from the Friends is invaluable and contributes to the success of the venue, they are very much at the heart of what we do”.

The Friends are providing a significant amount of financial support connected to the current restoration work, but Ian Smith, Friends treasurer, said: “The Friends’ recent donations of new equipment offered practical help, but it is also important to provide support for the performing arts in this way.” Friends secretary, Di Wragg, added: “As well as providing a tremendous amount of enjoyment for children, we think events like this are a good introduction to live theatre that helps to stimulate a lifelong interest”.

The Friends already have more than 400 members, but are keen to encourage more people to join, to support the arts centre and enjoy the benefits of being part of the arts centre community. More details can be obtained from the venue. The Friends committee is particularly keen to hear from anyone who would like to get involved in helping with events and committee work, which is serious stuff, but carried out with a sense of fun.