On January 6th 2020, The SideSpace at St John's became the official new home for The Side by Side Theatre Company, Stoubridge. The move comes 18 months after we purchased St John's Church thanks to a generous donation, following many years of having no permanent home.
A massive thank you to everyone who made this possible through financial donations, manual labour, or supplying professional services free of charge.
And a special thanks to Derek Lidington, who - without any payment, and sometimes in extreme circumstances - led and managed the project to its fruition. Derek's determination and expertise ensured that the multiple contractors, surveyors, architects and volunteers worked together (and on time!) to achieve this incredible milestone, for which Side by Side are extremely grateful!
The venue will initially be used just by the theatre group and other groups offering services to those with learning disabilities. It will then also be offered to other members of the community for arts and theatre ventures later this year.
We're about to start rehearsing in The SideSpace at St John's (formerly St John's Church) and are auctioning 53 lots of beautiful furniture and other items at Fielding's Auction House in Stourbridge on November 16th.
Find out the details of the lots on the Fielding's website, and come along to The SideSpace at St John's on the Thursday or Friday to preview the items.
The name for the venue purchased by the Side by Side Theatre Company Stourbridge charity in the Summer of last year has been named: The SideSpace at St John's.
It was unanimously agreed that St John's should be kept somewhere in the name, and The SideSpace seemed a very appropriate fit.
The SideSpace at St John's is in the middle of being renovated, with the Theatre Company hoping to move in and start using it as a rehearsal space in the late Autumn of this year.
Anyone interested in using the venue to meet / rehearse in and eventually perform in should follow us on Facebook or request interest using the form on the website. Thanks!
Thanks to everyone who came up with a suggestion for the name of the new Side by Side venue (formerly St John's Church).
We're sifting through the suggestions and will announce the new name soon.
Meanwhile, if you're interested in our progress (including having an interest in using the venue yourselves) then please register to receive more information here.
On Saturday March 23rd Side by Side Actors and Dancers came away with two trophies from the Dudley Festival of Music, Drama and Dance where we performed Act One of our new production: ROBIN HOOD & THE TIME STONE.
Dancers: Merit Award
Actors: Distinction Award
Thank you for having supported us.
The purchase of St John's Church in Stourbridge has gone through, and Side by Side is the proud new owner!
From Autumn 2019 we'll have a brand new venue to rehearse and hopefully perform in. Thanks to all of you who've helped us get to this stage. We're excited about the future and if anyone would like to offer help with the renovations, or support of any kind, please do get in touch.
Thank you, and we look forward to a bright 2019!