Donations roll in to help theatre group set up in derelict Sunderland building

Corinne Kilvington of Theatre Space North East who have launched at crowd funding campaign for their own rehearsal and meeting place.
Corinne Kilvington of Theatre Space North East who have launched at crowd funding campaign for their own rehearsal and meeting place.
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An award-winning theatre group is calling on the people of Sunderland to help its open-air productions thrive.

Theatre Space North East has built up a strong following in the past three years thanks to its Plays in the Parks season, which sees them bring Shakespeare and more to city parks.

For the first time it’s been able to find a suitable site to house them for meetings and rehearsals.

However, they need theatre fans’ help to transform the derelict site in Nile Street, Sunniside.

It has set up a crowd-funding campaign on website Indiegogo to raise enough money to fund building and renovation costs.

In three days, generous members of the public have already pledged £720 of the £2,000 target.

Corinne Kilvington, artistic director, said: “People have been so generous, even people we don’t know have donated, not just family and friends.

“To have people support us like that is so nice and warming and makes me a little teary.”

The building has stood derelict for eight years, but Corinne says after being brought to life it will prove a boost to the theatre group, who won a WOW 24/7 Excellence Award last year for its production of The Tempest.

“Since forming in 2012 we’ve never had a space of our own,” explained Corinne.

“It’s really difficult for creative groups to find premises in Sunderland.

“We’d previously been using my house, which is never ideal.”

l To donate, visit www.indiegogo.com and search “Collective Space – Community Rehearsal Space”. There are 10 days left to donate to the campaign.