Friends of East Suffolk Performing Arts (FESPA)
was registered as a Charity in 2007. It has two aims - a general
one and a specific one...
Our general objective is to promote and facilitate a healthy
and vigorous performing arts scene within East Suffolk for the
benefit of our community.
more specific goal is to encourage and support education in
the performing arts for people in this area.
has evolved out of a thriving group of some 800 theatre enthusiasts
- or Friends - centred on the Southwold and Aldeburgh
Summer Theatres. The latter is a co-operative, not-for-profit
repertory initiative which, for nearly 30 years was run by Jill Freud.
decision to apply for charitable status reflected a growing
awareness that a group as enthusiastic and effective as the
Friends has proved itself to be, should begin to set
its sights on a broader platform in the interests of the cultural
well-being of the communities of East Suffolk.
the background and history of the Friends and a more
detailed account of FESPA's charitable remit, click