The Pocklington Arts Centre column with Sara Morton

PAC team member Charlie Watson puts together the larger than life 'Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again' standee to publicise the popular film.
PAC team member Charlie Watson puts together the larger than life 'Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again' standee to publicise the popular film.

While the region has headed into the summer holidays and we’ve been in the midst of ‘Mamma Mia!’ mania there has been no time to rest for team PAC.

We’ve had over a thousand people come through PAC’s doors to enjoy the cinematic sensation that is ‘Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again’ which has so far proved to be our second highest grossing film to date – second only to the first Mamma Mia! film.

The team enjoyed welcoming hundreds of people to our trade stand at the annual Driffield Show; giving everyone the opportunity to get an early preview of our autumn/winter programme and pocket some free sweets.

PAC has hosted school groups for their end of year productions and cinematic visits; film crews who have turned the auditorium into a studio for the day; and community groups who have all made use of our private hire options.

We have also hosted two fantastic work experience students from local secondary schools who have helped out behind the scenes and have been inspired to pursue their respective careers in the performing arts.

And we’ve had a record breaking 25th sell-out live show of 2018 so far…and we’re only half way through the year!

The team is now excitedly looking ahead to the next few months, with much more live music, comedy, exhibitions and live broadcasts to come.

We will be welcoming Nashville based trio The Lone Bellow to the stage on Tuesday 28 August; Mercury prize nominee Kenny Anderson who will be performing a full band show as his renowned alter-ego King Creosote on 1 September; and the phenomenally talented Irish-born contemporary Canadian singer-songwriter Irish Mythen on 13 September.

Our brand new logo and website will be launched shortly, all made possible thanks to PAC becoming one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations.

And just months after becoming an NPO we’ve found out that PAC has been shortlisted in no less than three categories in the Yorkshire Gig Guide Grassroots Awards 2018.

PAC is in the running to be named ‘Yorkshire Outstanding Large Live Venue’, PAC director Janet Farmer has been shortlisted in the ‘Outstanding Individual Contribution of 2018’ category, and the venue’s 2017 Platform Festival could be crowned ‘Yorkshire Outstanding Small Festival’.

The awards are organised annually by The Yorkshire Gig Guide and are designed to celebrate the very best live music and performing arts that the region has to offer.

PAC hosted the 2017 awards, so it is a real privilege for the venue to be taking part again this year and a win in our first NPO year really would be the cherry on top of the cake!

But we need your support – you can vote for us at

Voting closes on 31 August, with the awards ceremony due to be held in Mexborough on Sunday 7 October.