Sometimes nothing seems to go right and you hit a run of bad luck or misjudgments. When that happens we are liable to forget that the reverse also happens. Shoebox Theatre has hit a lucky streak, and I want to celebrate that on their behalf.
Shoebox is a very small concern that I set up in 1998 and it has continued in one form or another since, but has been community managed since 2002 and for the past six years has been a Community Interest Company - a limited liability company with a substantial benefit for the community, in the case of Shoebox Theatre that is its entire raison d'etre. It is run by volunteer member directors who have no financial stake in the company, so there is no share capital and no dividend payments. Mainly funded, it has a modest income from donations and sales of donated craft goods. There used to be a steady income from school and residential home bookings, but in these austere times, that has virtually dried up. Recently, a partnership with Tamworth town library has enabled the company to find an additional source through public sharing of participants' creative output; and the company has had a good run of grants to support the development of work with a variety of community participants who might not otherwise have the opportunity get involved.
Now things are looking up! from January 2015 we will have funding in place for our all-ages group, and will also be helping to deliver Tamworth B. C.'s Taster Sessions workshops across the town as part of the creative community arts project I AM TAMWORTH (IAT) rolling out in January. We will have the chance to bid for a longer project under the umbrella of IAT.
A visit to our website Shoebox Theatre cic will give you an taste of what we have been doing over recent years; and an exploration of the site will give an overall view of our activities.
If you'd like to get involved, contact us through that website, or directly by email.