Sterts Theatre is a strategic partner with Cornwall Council for the arts in Cornwall. It is an unusual theatrical setting: a 400-seat amphitheatre set on the side of Bodmin Moor, in the open Cornish air yet protected from summer rain by a massive canopy. Since its’ foundation in 1982 Sterts has supported artists both professional & amateur. We have done this by providing a diverse programme of over 90 live theatre/music/dance events each summer at the centre in Upton Cross. We also have a programme of smaller scale events both at the centre and via outreach work during the spring & autumn. Our programming of community theatre interspersed with outstanding professional performers gives us a background that allows excellence to thrive.
Since January 2020 we have been developing a Community Hub with activities for our rural community. Our local area is made up of small villages and hamlets that are remote from the main towns and thus are very limited in terms of the services they are able to offer such as education courses, lifestyle courses or activities that encourage community cohesion. Sterts is using its facilities to fill this gap and provide much needed opportunities to our local rural population. This project has seen Sterts open its resources to the wider community by offering activities such as a Memory Cafe, A Men's Shed, Pilates, Yoga, Craft Workshops and a Women's Group. Sterts already hosts Junior and Senior Youth Theatre groups with capacity to increase and bring in more local children to enjoy our courses and participate in our productions. All of these sub projects were underway and are well supported by the local community and heavily subscribed; sadly Covid 19 stalled our progress.
As part of our Covid Recovery programme and capacity building for the future we are building a new box office and administration office, out of a reclaimed cricket pavilion, and we wish to include a ‘Changing Places’ disabled toilet in that development. The improvement of our offer to our disabled visitors has been a long held ambition and the opening of our facilities to greater community use all year round has added new impetus to that plan. Of note there are only 5 Changing Places toilets in the whole of east & mid Cornwall and we would be the only dedicated changing facility for disabled people within a large area that includes the whole of Bodmin Moor with the nearest facilities being in Liskeard and Callington to the South and East, Bude in the North and Wadebridge to the West.