News: Downlands Theatre Project

Posted on 12th April 2018

Amphitheatre at Downlands

Here is an interesting project from Downlands School in Hassocks, where they are proposing the building of an open air amphitheatre on site and need help with funds. perhaps you can help.

 

I am writing to seek your support.

As you are aware, we have been successful in procuring a number of high quality performing arts facilities and these stunning spaces bear testament to our total commitment to culture and the arts. To extend our provision further we have ambitious plans to build an open air amphitheatre on site, similar to the one in Dyke Road Park in Brighton (www.brightonopenairtheatre.co.uk). We have named the facility the Hassocks Outdoor Performance Space (HOPS) and it would be used by school, community and arts providers for music, dance and drama performances, literary festivals and other festivals/shows/recitals based on demand.

The theatre will be used by the school during the day and also for evening/weekend performances. It will be available to hire by the community/arts providers after school, at weekends and in the school holidays. It will be located at the back of the school by the floodlit pitch and will have stunning views to the South Downs. Performances would tend to be limited to the summer months but it will be a very important extra social space for students year round as we grow in size as a school.

Our aim is to fund the project entirely by grants, donations and fund raising; we need to enlist the support of our wonderful community to help raise approximately £100,000. To this end we are preparing a number of funding bids and would ask for your help if you:

 Feel able to write a letter of support for the bid  Know any music, dance, drama, arts clubs or organisations who would wish to use the facilities  Have evidence that there is a shortage of arts facilities in the area  Have any contacts locally who would be able to help or support our bid.  Have a background in fundraising or developing sustainable arts facilities  Know of any funding streams we could access  Feel able to offer any other support.

If the answer is yes to any/all of the above and you would be happy to get involved in this project, please contact Nicki Burston at nburston@downlands.org. Letters of support should also be addressed to Nicki.

We are looking to submit bids over the next few months with a view to beginning construction next spring and opening HOPS in time for next summer.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully

Mark Wignall Headteacher

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