Trinity Arts Centre hosts its premier outdoor performance this month!

Date published: 16 June 2021
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Roll out the picnic blankets and prepare to be entertained as Trinity Arts Centre welcomes live theatre and customers back!

It has certainly been ‘No Picnic’ for entertainment venues across the Country due to Covid-19 restrictions but now is the time to celebrate as live entertainment is back on the menu.

Shooting Fish Theatre Company presents a theatrical double bill written and produced in collaboration with young people from Gainsborough. The productions form part of the Gainsborough Literacy Project which aims to support young peoples’ skills development. 

Young people will be presenting a short play called, A Slip of the Tongue. This is a co-collaboration with The Old Nick Theatre and Museum and will be performed by local young people.

This will be followed by a performance of No Picnic. Shooting Fish have been working with Community Learning in Partnership over the last 6 months, developing a new script, supported by professional writer, Rob Johnston.

The young people also auditioned and cast professional actors to bring their work to life as well as designing sets, costume and the marketing for the work.

Leanne Taylor said: “The Gainsborough Literacy project will this year be taking place outside Trinity Arts Centre. We are really grateful for funding from Children in Need and West Lindsey District Council. This funding makes such a difference to the young people we are working with to enable them to be immersed in the coproducing of a play and to increase their literacy skills.”

Maggie Furness (18), is just one of the young people who has worked on the project. She said: “Doing the Shooting Fish project makes me happy as I am getting an opportunity to try new and different things and I get to meet different people and improve my communication skills and teamwork'

West Lindsey District Council has provided an £8,000 from its Match Funding Grant for this project to support Shooting Fish Theatre Company with the production.

West Lindsey District Councillor, Cllr Jessie Milne, has been a huge supporter of the theatre over the years. She said: “I am delighted to not only see live shows returning to our theatre but to see young people in the area being engaged with the arts. It has been an incredibly tough year and a half due to Covid-19 restrictions and I can’t wait to see audiences welcomed back to our arts centre.”

As previously reported, The Trinity Arts Centre like all venues across the Country closed their doors in March last year due to Covid-19 restrictions. These two performance which will be shown outside in the grounds of the arts centre will be the first live event with customers since March 2020. They will take place on Tuesday 29 June at 7.30pm.

Craig Sanders Trinity Arts Centre Manager said: “We are thrilled to be able to welcome audiences to our first live performance here at the Trinity Arts Centre after such a long wait. We have been very busy behind the scenes, making improvements to our venue and ensuring measures are in place for the safe return of our customers.

“We hope you will book tickets and support our opening performance. Please support the hard work out young people who with the support and coaching from Shooting Fish Theatre Company have put on a great show for you. Remember this is an outdoor performance so don’t forget to bring your own seat.”

This outdoor production will be performed under strict Covid compliant conditions. Every effort has been made to ensure the safety and enjoyment of everyone.

Please observe the following Covid specific instructions:


  • This performance will take place on the lawn in front of the Trinity Arts Centre. 
  • All tickets must be secured in advance of the performance. There will be no physical box office onsite to mitigate queues. 
  • To comply with social distancing rules, a maximum of 6 tickets can be purchased per transaction. Each transaction is treated as a social bubble. 
  • You are advised to bring along your own chair or picnic blanket. 
  • This is a 'Pay What You Decide' event. You will be given the opportunity to donate money after the performance. 

To book tickets:


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