The Swallow Theatre was converted from a ruined barn in 1996, with an agricultural-style roof in keeping with the building. The roof is going to need major works within the next couple of years. As well as the roof covering, some of the timbers and insulation board may also needed treatment, repair and possible replacement.
Although we have done some remedial work, a complete replacement of the whole roof is now probably the best option.
The most important consideration will be to maintain the beautiful acoustic within the building that actors, musicians and audiences so love.
Initial research suggests that we are looking at a cost of up to £25,000 which is a huge amount for us to find. We would ideally like to undertake the work at the end of this year (2020) ahead of our 25th anniversary season, although we realise in this current crisis this may need to be delayed.
We appreciate that things are difficult for many of us at the moment and that there are a lot of causes and individuals requesting financial help.
If you enjoy visiting The Swallow Theatre, or plan to come here in the future, and you can spare a small amount to help us, we would be very grateful. We will then be able to to continue to bring some of the of the UK’s best small-scale touring drama and music to this magical miniature theatre.
Donations can be made online or we can accept cheques (made payable to The Swallow Theatre) and all amounts are most welcome and will go directly to the roof appeal.
Many people have already made donations and for those we are very grateful.
A plaque scheme for donations of £25 or above will be available shortly. We will contact all those individuals or organisations who have made that level of donation when the scheme is launched to see if they would like their generous donation recognised with a plaque.