Let There Be Light!

by Niki McCretton in Bridport

We did it
On 23rd July 2015 we successfully raised £13,850 with 137 supporters in 35 days

To restore beautiful arched windows in this wonderful listed theatre near the Jurassic Coast built in 1742

by Niki McCretton in Bridport

New stretch target

We have hit our target 10 days early! Many wonderful people have joined our quest to bring Light to The Lyric and many others have expressed an interest to come on board and be part of the campaign, but didn't get chance to pledge yet. It's not too late!

Now that we have secured the funds to go ahead (WAHOO!) we want to reach a further goal to replace two additional windows that we didn't include in the campaign, plus additional funds to enable us to commission beautiful shutters  - oh the irony -  so that we can create an easy blackout for performances (let-there-sometimes-be-dark!) Let's try to raise this and get it all done in one go! 

One of our Puppet Club members performing in the auditorium. Photo by Chris Hilton

Project aim

To restore the beautiful arched windows in this wonderful old theatre built in 1742, close to the Jurassic Coast.

The much loved Lyric Theatre is a grade 2 listed building in the heart of Bridport, Dorset.  The building has been in community use for all of its life.  The previous owner, Bernard Gale who ran a ballet school here, passed away and sadly the buidling fell into the hands of developers who tried to turn it into flats.  It was bought in 2011 by Niki McCretton, a performer who lives locally, passionate to keep it as a theatre and open to the community. 


Since then the building has, once again, become a lively place, presenting shows, running a puppet club, dance and theatre classes, creating a home for youth theatre, supporting artists - amateur and professional/local and international to create their work, providing a base for Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company who make productions for families, running a cosy coffee shop, offering work experience placements to young people with professional theatre makers, bringing in interesting and challenging performances from across the globe, linking with other venues to support the arts and being a wonderful and rare hub for the creation process of live performance. 

Monster making workshop for young people. So much fun!

The Lyric is run as a Community Interest Company (C.I.C) which means that any money raised is ring-fenced for its charitable and community aims.

"Our mission is to make the performing arts as acccesible as possible, to inspire creativity in all ages and to contiunue to be a place where people can learn, participate and instigate ideas".

The boarded up windows make the building appear sad and unloved - quite the opposite of what is going on inside!  The original arched windows would have made the space so beautiful as well as doing what windows should - let in light and keep the rain and wind out! We simply cannot wait for the moment that we can remove the boarding and begin the restoration process to bring this building back to its former glory and flood it with light and warmth.

Please do help - come and visit if you can - Bridport is a wonderful town with a vibrant and growing repuation for art and culture and film - recently featured in ITV's Broadchurch and home to many wonderful musicians, writers and visual artists.  

"This masterful piece of vintage gloriousness needs you! I want to see the sun shine inside!" Audience member

"How does The Lyric do it? Time and time again I see shows of the most astonishing quality. We are truely blessed to have this amazing venue in Bridport. The Lyric deserves all the support from all the people! Onwards and upwards!" Rebecca Hilton, Audience member and volunteer steward

Find us on www.the-lyric.com

See below for just some of our activities:

Children and Puppets who took part in workshops with our Puppet Maker in Residence, Holly Miller


International Award-Winning comedian Trygve Wakenshaw performing here at The Lyric with his smash hit show Kraken.  Trygve is currently working on his new show here in residence at The Lyric and showing the first UK previews 'Nautilus'.

"To have an international show of this calibre, brilliance, skill, artistry and hilaritly is totally amazing.  The Lyric is an extraordinary producing venues for Bridport, Dorset and the entire South West - everyone should be here - Go! Support! ENJOY!" Rosie Russel, The Arts Development Company

"One of the best and funniest shows I have ever seen.  Wonderful to have this here in Bridport. Well done The Lyric" Chris Chibnall, Writer ITV's Broadchurch

The cast and supporters of our summer residency last year - A piece of new writing called Trans Scripts written by New York Writer Paul Lucas with an international cast - this is one of four international residencies of professional new work that we have organised, determined that Bridport connects with great work being made across the globe. SO far we have hosted artists from New York City, Australia, Japan, Egypt, Sweden and New Zealand.

 The Infamous Wahoos who came and played alongside The Sometimes and Forever Band for our Winter Warmer Fundraiser

Rehearsal photos of our resident professional theatre company Stuff and Nonsense who make shows that tour all over the UK - The Three Little Pigs, The Little Red Hen and The Hare and the Tortoise

Our fabulous neighbours in Barrack Street organised a street party for the Jubilee and it rained so we brought everyone indoors on the condition that one of our Pigs could have some cakes!

Wonderful Storybox Theatre with their beautiful performance of the Arabain Nights

Students on an international exchange trip with Opera Circus from Bosnia working with us to learn puppetry to use in their shows




This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A huge thank you for supporting our vision and our wonderful building!

£20 or more

£20 Reward

A thank you for supporting us, a shout out on our facebook page for helping us to flood the building with light!

£30 or more

£30 Reward

A beautiful, artist-designed certificate sent to you, thanking you for helping transform this wonderful building and for making it a wonderful place for many more people to enjoy.

£40 or more

8 of 50 claimed

£40 Reward

One V.I.P. ticket to attend a final performance of Niki McCretton's award-winning solo show 'Worm-Hole' and drinks afterwards in the theatre bar. Enjoy this reward for yourself or gift it to a friend! 'Worm-Hole is stunning! See it now!" The List, Edinburgh on Saturday October 10th 2015 8pm.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Your name on our supporters wall at The Lyric for helping to restore this wonderful, historic building

£150 or more

4 of 4 claimed

£150 Reward

A one-to-one coffee masterclass with Toby Frere owner of No. 35 Coffee House and The Lyric's own Box Office Coffee. A two hour session to learn everything about making world class coffee from a master www.coffeehouseandkitchen.com

£300 or more

4 of 4 claimed

£300 Reward

A bespoke puppet of yourself, friend or family member lovingly made by professional puppet maker Holly Miller

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