SPRING SEASON – April – June 2019

April sees a packed programme at the theatre with lunchtime drama and Oscar nominated films as well as a huge range of music and dance. Then, as evenings begin to get lighter and days warmer the Spring Season arrives taking everyone up to the much anticipated development of the auditorium.


2 FOR 1 OFFERS ……………….. especially for you! Please support these performances – bring a friend, partner, someone off the street……they will love it!

Daiori Farrell playing bazouki

Music: DAIORI FARRELL Friday 7 June, 7.30pm. Two tickets £15

Former electrician, Daiori decided to become a musician after seeing Christy Moore perform. He is now considered to be one of most important singers and bouzouki players to come out of Ireland.

Daoirí has performed across the world with artists including Christy Moore, Dónal Lunny, Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Alan Doherty, Danú, Dervish and Julie Fowlis.  In 2017  he won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – Best Traditional Track and Best Newcomer.

Update on Friends Get Together (31 March 2019)

This was a hugely successful event with lots of buzz, energy and enjoyment!  The room was full with 48 people attending.  We came away with lots and lots of ideas and the Committee is now busy exploring them.  A major theme was that many of the Friends agreed that they wanted to focus on contributing more money to the Eastgate and that the monetary benefits they currently received were of much less importance to them.  Many members also said they would welcome more social events and to develop a special sense of belonging to the Friends.  Other members were worried that, without monetary benefits, it would be more difficult to recruit new members and we might lose some. What do you think?

Here are some ideas we will plan to take forward over the next few months:

  • Arrange outings to theatres – particularly while our Eastgate is being refurbished. Would anybody be interested in helping us to arrange a first outing?
  • Re-vitalise Friends Sharing (Food and Skills) – what could you arrange in 2019 in order to raise funds? We will rewrite all instructions and publicise these.
  • Put a plan in place to start Friends Lottery – hopefully by the autumn
  • Arrange a Friends Coffee morning
  • Plan a silent auction for later in the year

The Friends Committee are continuing to explore the idea of ending monetary benefits so that Gift Aid can be claimed on membership subscriptions. Read the document below to better understand the reasons.  What do you think?


Open the pdf below to read a more detailed description of the event.

Eastgate Community
Eastgate - Engage Programme

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