LETTER: Volunteering at Boston’s theatre is a real privilege


Being a volunteer at Blackfriars over the last couple of months has been a real privilege.

We have now seen four local amateur groups deliver their superb shows.

First was Boston Children’s Theatre Group performing Puss in Boots enthusiastically as they continue to develop their skills at the end of the pantomime season.

Second was WFT Youth Theatre performing Jekyll & Hyde the Musical, wonderfully produced and enacted with passion and polish. The young voices are a real joy, the confidence shown was a delight. Keep up the good work.

Third was Boston Playgoers performing ‘The Vicar of Dibley’. A real favourite full of unique characters with a cast delivering in abundance and an audience loving every minute of it.

Fourth was Boston Musical Theatre Group performing ‘Jesus Christ Super Star’.

Passion was true and deep with nothing being left in the dressing rooms. This was a show pushing into yet more new territory with superb lighting and effects. As the review in The Standard said: ‘The crucifixion scene will remain with you, as he is lashed to the cross and then raised above, right in front of the audience – the most powerful sight on Blackfriars’ stage for some time’.

The last two amateur shows have been enjoyed by more than 2,000 people.

We as volunteers mingle with the audience perhaps to fill in questionnaires or just to talk and try to understand what the people of Boston want to see.

The message we received was loud and clear - look after this wonderful old building and make sure it remains in place to facilitate the vast array of local talent who can perform in a proper theatre environment, continue to bring a wide range of professional shows and maintain the friendly format shown during this fantastic few weeks of live theatre at The Old Friary.

If you would like to volunteer at Blackfriars Arts Centre and Theatre please email director@blackfriarsartscentre.co.uk or ring the box office 01205 363108.

Please also email us with your thoughts and suggestions.

The Theatre was being built with the enthusiasm of volunteers 50 years ago. So thanks to them we are

still able to enjoy it today.

Dave Grant