Family run theatre “The Lantern” is lighting up The Baltic Triangle with their passion and commitment to grassroots performing arts, comedy and music.
The Lantern is owned and managed by Margaret, Daniel and Siobhan – a lethal trio of Mother, Brother and Sister. Mum of the family Margaret led the way with the family’s passion for theatre and the performing arts; she studied Community Theatre at university and eventually became a lecturer in Drama at Liverpool Hope University. This love was passed down to her children who both fondly remember being part of the Playhouse Youth Theatre as kids which sparked a long love affair with the performing arts. A few years back a family friend mentioned that the Lantern was for sale, and after going along to the viewing and falling in love with the building at first sight they decided to make an offer for the building. The offer was accepted and The Lantern Theatre was to become their new home.
Always being a creative family, it didn’t seem like a big leap taking the space as they recognised that there was a gap in the market for a fringe venue in Liverpool. The philosophy behind the venue is that they support emerging artists by offering an affordable venue for companies to stage their work with very little financial risk. They’re always championing new writing and exciting new work which means you can expect to see a very eclectic mix of performances at the theatre – no two weeks are the same. For example, you can go and see a local playwright showcasing their work one day, on another day you can go to one of their comedy nights, and you can also see live music. The mix of different talent keeps the venue interesting and fresh – always surprising and challenging their theatre go-ers.
With their focus on new and emerging local talent and artists, it is only fitting then that their space is based in the Baltic Triangle. They have been there for quite some time now and have watched it grow from an industrial area to what it is now. Being situated in the Triangle means they work around so many other creative people which has encouraged countless collaborations – for example they have just hosted some of the Threshold Festival for the third year running.
If you are yet to visit The Lantern Theatre, put it on your list of essential things to do. Like them on Facebook /lantern.liverpool, follow them on Twitter @LTLiv and make sure you check their website for all the latest goings on http://www.lanterntheatreliverpool.co.uk/. Watch this space.