Charles Cryer Theatre proposals shortlisted

Charles Cryer theatre
The Charles Cryer Theatre

Published Tuesday, 4th September 2018

Three local organisations into the final round to decide the future of the former theatre in Carshalton

Three organisations have been shortlisted to go into the final round of scrutiny to decide the future of the former Charles Cryer Theatre in Carshalton High Street. The organisations are all based locally and offer community-focused use of the building.

Presentations will be given by the bidders to community representatives and stakeholders prior to a final decision currently scheduled for the Strategy and Resources Committee in October.

Cllr Steve Penneck, the council's lead member for arts and culture, said: "It's really positive news that the wide range of interest at the start has led to these three strong proposals. The final stages of the process should enable us to bring the Cryer back into use as soon as possible."

The three shortlisted organisations are as follows:

Carshalton Baptist Church

Christian organisation seeking to become a visible, accessible and supportive resource in the community. Intending to use the property for Church, community cafe, provision of training and development to residents and offer space for use by community groups, and as rehearsal and performance space for local theatre groups, artists and musicians. To also run activities and services extended to the community that includes, youth club, parents and toddlers, counselling and support groups for the elderly and for carers.

Cryerarts Limited

A start up company formed for this bid by founders with experience of running successful leisure, construction and entertainment businesses. Intending to use the premises for mixed events including music, film, theatre, comedy, food and drink tasting and TED type talks with a new bar and eating space in the existing restaurant.

Nickel Support CIC

A partnership bid by three organisations - Nickel Support, Tom Franck Productions and Spilt Milk Kids Cafe. Intending to use the premises for theatre productions and workshops, annual arts festival, child-focused and multi sensory cafe and as a centre for developing enterprises managed and run by trainees with learning disabilities. Will also open a shop for selling upcycled furniture made by trainees and will deliver training and workshops from the premises.