I've worked with Stuff and Nonsense as a designer at the Lyric and it is a truly unique building. It is so inspiring to work there, you can almost feel the history of the place! Would be such a shame to let it fall into disrepair and I know how much of a difference having natural light flooding in will make to this place and in turn to the local community.
This is such a very special place for creativity, community, theatre making, great box office coffee by day and witty bar by night! There is something extraordinarily exciting and unique about the Lyric, Niki and her wonderful team who have created a space where fabulous new work is made, artists experiment, everyone is welcomed and included, hilarity, laughter and generosity of spirit abound. Let there be light indeed on this glorious venue and everyone who sails in her! Rosie R xx
This is a message on behalf of Jo Treves who kindly brought in a cheque last night towards our campaign for £250 - many thanks Jo. So incredibly supportive. Much love to you x
Good luck, Nikki. Such a worthy cause for this beautiful place - such a hub of creativity deserves light to shine in so its light can shine out! Take care Ali from Story Pocket Theatre
It will be so wonderful to get the light into this brilliant little theatre. I have so many great memories of making work here just from the few years it has been back open as a theatre. But all of that work has been made in the dark and the cold, lit by just creativity and laughter. How glorious to let some natural sunshine into the building!
Our theater company, Logic Limited, LTD., is based in New York City. When Niki saw the very first performance of our physical comedy/clown show "TiVo La Resistance!" she invited us to come perform the show at the Lyric Theater in Bridport. WHAT A JOY those 2 weeks in Bridport were! It seemed that the entire town welcomed our little band of 3 NYC clowns. The staff at the Lyric were all dedicated creative professionals and an absolute blast to spend time with. The locals were all so welcoming and lovely to us. Oh, and that wonderful space! Our work is very site specific, so every detail of the Lyric was worked into our show...from the lovely velvet wallpaper to the constant calls of the seabirds outside. There's a mystery to that space...and a warmth. We loved every performance and the parties that followed. Truly our time at the Lyric was among the best days we have spent together as a troupe. We'd come back in an instant! Please do what you can to preserve and improve upon this special space. It's one of a kind!
I have been an actress for 25 years, performing in theatres all over the world, including the Apollo Shaftesbury Avenue, The National Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Chichester and Sydney Opera House, I can honestly say that The Lyric has a character like no other. I fell in love with the space, its faded glamour reminiscent of a bygone era, and wanted to perform there as soon as I had seen it. I have since seen many shows there, attended puppet clubs and workshops with my children, tea dances, tango sessions and electro swing dance nights - all wonderful and different, truly different. The Lyric attracts a community like no other venue I can think of, and people feel a sense of freedom, almost anarchy, when they come to see or take part in something, whether it's dressing up in vintage clothes, or expressing themselves in manners they wouldn't elsewhere. Likewise the performers at the Lyric are always surprising, challenging, enterprising and above all inclusive, regardless of age, sex or background. I finally had my chance to perform my solo show there 'A Darker Night' last year, and was supported enormously by everyone involved with the theatre and by the entire local community. The sensation is almost magical, almost as if the auditorium was a part of the show itself, and the audience so full of character as to be playing roles within it. If any community venue should be kept alive and thrilling it is this one. It needs money not to change it, or modernise its fabulous eccentricity, but just to keep it warm and safe and ensure that everyone can enjoy it. I support it whole heartedly and wish them every success. Charlie Bicknell
Puppets drew me here spoke to me with silent faces, eyes alive. Cardboard, felt, glue sparkly stuff, a child forgetting to be an adult. But inside records hung from rafters, gramophones played, drew me to the space where faded crimson flock remembers dancing, stories, song - once made now made again, formed and spread in a dimlit place yearning for light.
I haven't had the joy of seeing a show at the lyric YET - but I have been following its development closely, and I know how much energy, creativity and enthusiasm Nikki throws into whatever she does. Importantly, the Lyric is one of the few theatres that provides creative space for artists to make new work, along with many opportunities for the local community to get involved... so this is most definitely a worthwhile project and I can't wait to see the building flooded with light !!
It's a pleasure to associated in any way with Nikki and the Lyric, such a lovely characterful old structure (the building, not Nikki!). I'm amazed at the amount and variety of stuff she manages to put on there and we always try to attend or steward events if we can. Bridport is really lucky to have three splendid venues for the arts and long may they continue. The current project to raise funds to renew the windows at the Lyric is truly enlightened and well worth supporting so I do hope it gains all the support it needs. Monty Crook, Bridport Ceilidhs, Pymore
Such happy memories of rehearsing at the lyric! Puppets and props occasionally popping down to meet us from the workshop upstairs. Quickly packing up at the end for a community group coming in to use the building. Really supports creativity this place. Really hope you get your windows! xxx
I had the great privilege of developing my Edinburgh Festival Fringe-bound production, Trans Scripts, at The Lyric. It was an extraordinary experience and Niki, The Lyric, and the whole town opened up their hearts, minds, and doors to us. Now let's open those durned window! Paul Lucas, New York
The Lyric Theatre has come alive again under Niki's creative and hugely imaginative leadership. She and her talented team of workers and volunteers have made it an extraordinary venue for innovative theatre and all kinds of other events. A real gift to our community here, which is already rich in talent. I love the latest plan to bring the light back to the inside of this beautiful old building. Thank goodness 'the developers' were not allowed to get their hands on it!
All the shows I've seen at the lyric have been unexpected, hilarious and moving. Things I wouldn't have seen anywhere else, and am so glad to have been able to see them. Niki and co run it as the most welcoming, lovely venue going. The building is lovely and ought to be listed just on the grounds of the amazing wallpaper alone (really, it needs to be seen, that wallpaper). The effect of letting the light in, whilst ensuring the longevity of the building by keeping the rain out would be awesome! The building came close to being converted into flats, but has been saved for the community by Niki and co, and gives a huge amount to the town just by being, and providing space for many different things.
I came to rehearse at The Lyric last year- and as an actor based in London it made such a lovely change to what I have become used to- this is a whole building devoted to creative things- full of people eager to support and encourage- in a town full of lovely creative and friendly people. Spaces like this are few and far between and are a real gift to performers and artists- there's very little support out there for us- and so many obstacles that make the process of creation harder. I hope we manage to stick together to keep spaces like this- that are swimming against that tide- running and thriving.
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