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Welcome from our Theatre Manager

Welcome everyone!

The team and I have expanded our programme of events to include new productions and genres of performance. Following the launch of our successful Folk nights last year we have launched our Friday Folk sessions that will see Harp & A Monkey return with two new shows this year together with Belinda O’Hooley a new artist who will bring her award winning production to us in March.

In addition to our folk shows we have our regular tribute nights throughout the year and we are also looking forward to welcoming Clare Teal to our theatre. Many of you will know Clare Teal from her various BBC Radio 2 and Jazz FM shows she is also a fantastic performer in her own right bringing the music from the Great American Songbook to life with the help of her pianist Jason the evening is sure to be a huge success.

In addition to our musical evenings this year will see us launch a series of events entitled In Conversation these spoken word events aim to bring to our theatre individuals from not only the world of Arts and Entertainment but from the wider cultural landscape, experts and achievers in their own field audiences will get to know their unique story and will also have the option of participating in a special Q&A session.

I can’t write this welcome without mentioning Pickering Musical Society. This year the musical society will launch their 2024 season with a fantastic production of Oklahoma, following the huge success of last years production of My Fair Lady the production in June promises to be a fantastic opening to our trio of events. After the change in theme of our October show last year this years show will once again be in the form of a concert featuring music this year from the fabulous West End musicals. Last year saw Maureen Symonds retire from directing the October concert and I am pleased to announce that Courtney Brown will be directing this years production. Finally it seems like a very long time away but our pantomime for 2025 will be Robinson Crusoe by Ron Hall and directed by yours truly! You can expect the usual spectacutlar fun filled production packed with hilarity that has become synonymous with Pickering Panto over recent years.

The friends of Kirk Theatre continue to support us with their fundraising efforts and this year will be no exception the calendar of events can be found on the Friends of Kirk Theatre page.

Our hugely successful Pop Up Cinema will return this year on the first Wednesday of each month with a matinee and evening showing at 2:30pm and 7:30pm respectively. Please keep an eye out to see upcoming films and live screenings.

This year sees us start our huge fund raising efforts to convert the former chapel balcony mezzanine into a new performance space. The Sylvia Allanson Studio as it will be known will become a smaller more intimate performance space ideal for encouraging young performers and new productions together with being used as as multi arts exhibition space. More information on the project is available here.

Finally I would just like to say a huge thank you for your continued patronage of our theatre. As you all know we are all volunteers and completely self funded without the support of our audiences we would not be able to run this fantastic venue. I do hope you find something of interest within this booklet and I look forward to seeing you at one or more of our events.