Theatre role draws blank

Tim Lince and Isabelle Leclerq.
Tim Lince and Isabelle Leclerq.
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THE vacant manager’s job at Lytham’s Lowther Pavilion is being re-advertised.

The Lowther Trust, which runs the West Beach venue, seemed close to appointing a successor to Isabelle Leclerq last month after an initial total of more than 50 applicants was whittled down to seven hopefuls and interviews held.

But the Trust’s acting chairman Tim Lince has confirmed the search has been renewed after none of the initial batch of short-listed candidates met the required standard.

“Following the interview stage, a decision has been made to not appoint from those shortlisted but to re-advertise,” said Mr Lince.

“It is very important to get the right candidate.

“The Lowther has moved on so fast in the last 12 months that the required skills for the candidate are changing almost day by day.

“Although we saw some very strong applicants no one candidate ticked all the boxes.

“The Lowther is producing more and more shows and taking an ever-increasing slice of the local audience share while at the same time developing community art activities and support structures for local amateur companies.

“It is important we find an enthusiastic, charismatic visionary who has all the skills of man management to lead our fantastic staff and venue into the future.

“So it may take a little while longer to find the most suitable candidate but I’m sure the wait will be worthwhile.”

The new advert that has been placed in the trade press calls for “an experienced, passionate and inspirational theatre manager, a role which will incorporate all aspects of the day-to-day running of this professional 457-seat theatre and arts complex.

“The venue has an exciting and ambitious five-year development plan.

“The postholder would need experience in marketing, of both the venue and its productions, initiating of funding applications and the development of a balanced programme of theatre productions and events.”

Closing date for applications is October 10.

Ms Leclerq, who was appointed in September last year while the Trust was still in negotiation to take over the running of the venue from Fylde Council, left the post at the end of August.