Keswick theatre offers online play reading group, exhibition and networking

Published: 3 July 2020
Reporter: David Chadderton

Alan Harris

Keswick's Theatre by the Lake has announced a programme of free activities while it is closed: the TBTL play reading club, Cumbrian Creatives—a network for local artists—and a community exhibition which will reopen the theatre in 2021.

The TBTL Play Reading Club hosted by Artistic Director Liz Stevenson will read a play and meet (online) to discuss it, with a guest appearance from the playwright. The first play is Love, Lies and Taxidermy by Alan Harris starting on Thursday 30 July. Further sessions will include plays by Jessica Swale, Laura Wade, Simon Longman and Roy Williams.

An exhibition curated by Cumbrian theatre designer Louie Whitemore called Life after Lockdown: a community’s story, intended to reopen the building in 2021, calls on members of the community to contribute their stories from lockdown and hopes for the future. More information on getting involved and instructions for contributions can be found on the theatre’s web site.

Cumbrian Creatives is an artists network which TBTL is launching in order to bring together local talent and creativity. Over the coming months, the theatre will be working with those interested in being involved to develop what the network will be and do and what Theatre by the Lake can offer in the future to local creatives.

Artistic director Liz Stevenson said, “our doors might be closed at the moment but it’s really important for us to continue, in whatever way we can, to serve our community and audiences artistically and creatively: that’s what we’re here to do and that’s what we’ll endeavour to keep on doing.”