Each successive generation of Wigton Theatre Club members has done its best to improve the facilities for both audience and players, but some dreams were never realised. When the club bought the strip of land next to the theatre, they commissioned plans for an ambitious extension incorporating a large foyer and bar. It proved too expensive, and the work was never carried out.
The current committee, like its predecessors, also wanted to improve the building. When we put on an energetic and youthful production of Toad of Toad Hall in May 2014, one member of our appreciative audience was Councillor Barbara Cannon, the deputy leader of Allerdale. Chatting to her after the show I mentioned that we would really like to improve the theatre by putting in a new foyer and that we had an economical way of doing this, by removing two rows of seats and building a new partition. Although this would be a lot cheaper than building on an extension, it still seemed to us then a bit of an impossible dream. Barbara's offer of financial help, and Alan Smith's subsequent visit and offer of a £5000 grant started the ball rolling. It galvanised us and gave us the incentive and confidence to apply to other funding bodies, as well as working to raise more money through our productions.