Proposals could see community co-operative theatre set up in Bury St Edmunds

Paul Gort and Julia Salmon
Paul Gort and Julia Salmon
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One of the first theatres in the country to operate on a community co-operative basis could be set up in Bury St Edmunds.

The Wuffings Studio Arts Space wants to open a studio theatre with an auditorium of about 100 seats, which would also double as a small cinema, provide meeting/rehearsal rooms and promote arts and crafts in the town.

They are considering the possibility of running it as a co-operative with people buying shares in the organisation or as a charity.

Chairman Julia Salmon said a public consultation meeting will be held this spring to establish a preferred way forward. She said: “The remit would be to serve small scale, professional and amateur local activities.” Mrs Salmon, who is running the project with her fellow Woolpit Drama Club member Paul Gort, said should the meeting opt for the community co-operative option, it could be ‘the first or in the very early tranche of theatres in the UK’ operating in such a way and would allow them to offer affordable studio space to small and special interest groups.

The meeting will be held at The Theatre Royal on April 2 at 7.30pm. Visit or email