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
'How the Other Half Loves'
by Alan Ayckbourn
The opening play in the 2015 season
Kate Middleton and Rick Savery
Click the pictures to see more from the 2015 season
Michael Shaw and Eliza McClelland
Kate Middleton and Chris Clarkson
FESPA NEWS No 54. SUMMER 2016 ISSUE NOW ONLINE - click here
Applications are now open
The FESPA Bursary programme is designed to provide financial support and encouragement to deserving students of the performing arts from the East Suffolk area who have already been offered a place at a recognised institution. If you think you qualify please email David Bunkell at FESPA@btinternet.com for full details and to obtain an application form.
For details about past bursary students click here
This site is intended
both as an information resource for Friends and as a means of
promoting FESPA's aims and achievements to a wider audience.
If you would like
to Join FESPA, you may do so here.
If you are a Friend
already and would like to take a more active role in FESPA activities,
we would love to hear
If you like what
you see here and would like to support FESPA, either financially
or in kind, please get
14A HIGH STREET · WANGFORD · BECCLES ·
SUFFOLK · NR34 8RA · CHARITY NUMBER 1119037