THE new operator of an Eastbourne theatre has pledged to turn it into a professionally-run ‘community hub’ for live music, performance and the arts.
East Sussex County Council has decided to lease the theatre below the town library to newly-formed community interest company Performance Initiative Eastbourne (PIE).
The company is headed by Shoes Simes – owner of The Eagle and the Dew Drop Inn and a licensee with 18 years’ experience running venues – and Dave Izumi – record producer, promoter and owner of Echo Zoo recording studios.
They have pledged to work with national promoters and theatre companies to bring high-quality events to the town, with talks already underway to book high-profile touring acts.
A varied programme is envisaged which would encompass theatre performances, music tuition, training and workshops, comedy nights, poetry and book readings and film screenings, while the venue would also be available for hire by community groups.
The company would seek to retain some of the most popular elements of the theatre’s previous programme, which were enjoyed by local residents.