Venue helps promote talented performers

Caroline Sabiston and JamJar Cinema's Dan Ellis.

Caroline Sabiston and JamJar Cinema's Dan Ellis.

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A popular Whitley Bay venue is hoping to further promote young and new talent.

Since it opened last year, Jam Jar Cinema has seen its popularity soar and is becoming ‘the place to go’ with live performances.

Venue director Dan Ellis is keen to establish it as a ‘mixed use’ arts venue hosting comedy nights and cabaret style events, giving young up-and-coming performers a chance.

A week-long musical, The Song That Goes Like This, featuring songs by West End performers, was brought to the town by producer and performer Caroline Sabiston.

Caroline, originally from Whitley Bay, said: “As a local girl I’m always telling performers and agents in London how great it is in the north east – there is a real passion and a commitment to support performance and the arts.

“The help and support we received from Dan and everyone at Jam Jar Cinema was second to none; they inspired us, gave us the confidence to put on the show.”

Jam Jar Cinema is a charitable community organisation in Park Avenue run by local people for local people.

It has seating for 42 and has received funding, advice and support from North Tyneside Council and its partners.

Mayor Norma Redfearn.

She said: “I’ve been lucky enough to go to some top shows in the West End of London and believe me some of them were not half as good as this.

“North Tyneside boasts a great wealth of talented young musicians and performers and we pride ourselves as being a creative community rich in entrepreneurial spirit. While our major arts facility is the Playhouse Whitley Bay and it hosts incredible shows throughout the year, I’m delighted that we also have smaller venues like the Jam Jar Cinema.

“Dan and his team are inspiring a new generation of talent that’s bringing people of all ages together to enjoy music, theatre, film, cabaret and even crafts such as knitting.

“I wish them all the best for the future and look forward to enjoying many more fabulous shows.”