Amateur companies and their productions are the very core of what Lowther Pavilion has to offer.
That is the pledge from the Lytham venue’s incoming manager Mark Alexander, who takes over the Lowther helm in a few weeks’ time and is eagerly looking forward to taking the West Beach venue into a new era.
Already, in conjunction with the Lowther Trust and its acting chairman Tim Lince, who also has been acting manager since last summer, Mark is planning a host of new features for the coming months.
But he stresses that the prolific output of a host of local amateur dramatic companies will continue to be at the very heart of Lowther.
“The outstanding place that Lowther Pavilion has in the community was a key factor in attracting me to the job,” said Mark, who has been familarising himself with Lowther on regular visits and officially takes over on June 3.
“It has a very strong following in the community and we want to expand what we offer and make it even busier but everything we do will be built around the core of being a stage for amateur productions.”
When the Lowther Trust took over the running of the Pavilion and Gardens from Fylde Council last year, some local amateur dramatic companies expressed fears that they might be priced out of the venue.
But Tim pledged that they are a vital part of the theatre’s future and Mark is determined in build on the area’s outstanding dramatic heritage.
Mark, born in Wigan and now based in Lancaster, has worked as an actor, musician, director, lighting designer and stage manager in a career spanning more than 30 years.
The 56-year-old has been production manager at the highly-regarded Oldham Coliseum theatre since 2005.