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Haverhill Arts Centre's mini season of outdoor shows has gone down a storm




The public reception given to the mini-season of outdoor events put on by Haverhill Arts Centre this month has been described as ‘sensational’.

Eight events were staged in total in the grounds of the Scout and Guides HQ in Colne Valley Road, from the 13th to the 16th and then from the 20th to the 23rd.

Called ‘Haverhill Arts Centre: Out of Doors’, the programme of shows, featuring comedy, music, theatre and family entertainment was put together by the town council after more than 90 per cent of people that it surveyed said they liked the idea of going to some outdoor shows.

Three Men in a Boat – performed by Giles Shenton from Kick in the Head Productions. Part of the Haverhill arts Centre: Out of Doors series. Submitted picture
Three Men in a Boat – performed by Giles Shenton from Kick in the Head Productions. Part of the Haverhill arts Centre: Out of Doors series. Submitted picture

Nick Keeble, Haverhill Town Council’s arts and leisure manager, said: “The feedback was sensational really.

“We are really really pleased with how it went and with people’s reaction to it and how people put up with us telling them they had to sit down in a particular place.

“We asked them to take their rubbish home and without fail people took their rubbish home.

From left: Chloe Guinavan, Abi Morris and Zoe Kelleher at the screening of Dirty Dancing. Part of the Haverhill Arts Centre: Out of Doors mini-season. Submitted picture
From left: Chloe Guinavan, Abi Morris and Zoe Kelleher at the screening of Dirty Dancing. Part of the Haverhill Arts Centre: Out of Doors mini-season. Submitted picture

“One of the main exercises for us was keeping it simple. People took their own drink and own chairs so we were not putting ourselves in any compromising positions.

“People were really pleased to have something to come to and they appreciated that they were safe events.”

The best attended show was the screening of Dirty Dancing, which pulled in more than 140 people, said Nick.

He added that the arts centre was now exploring the possibility of staging something in a marquee in late September or early October.