The Phoenix Theatre: A Tragic Loss

31 Mar


On Saturday night a huge fire rampaged through the The Phoenix Theatre Lewes, destroying the building and it’s precious contents.  Many high profile artists who kept studios there are devastated after seeing their life’s work given up to the blaze which enveloped the building in literally minutes. Thankfully no lives were lost but sadly a space which served the Lewes community so well and which took years of effort, creativity, inspired thinking and ingenuity to establish has been destroyed. Our heartfelt condolences go out to our friends Sean O’Kane the founder of the Theatre and to the artists and makers involved with the project who must be feeling intense sadness and pain from their loss. The Phoenix Theatre will be very much missed on The Phoenix Estate.

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Images of dancers and Sean O’Kane courtesy of Carlotta Luke  from her site The Phoenix Project


9 Responses to “The Phoenix Theatre: A Tragic Loss”

  1. Rob Tolchard March 31, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    Being a Phoenix, perhaps we should expect it to rise from its ashes?

    • cafedesartisteslewes April 1, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

      Let’s hope that in this case the Phoenix rising will be collectively coming together to support those affected and bringing about the positivity of renewal and growth from the devastation. CdA will be supporting the Phoenix by hosting up and coming events in their schedule and there’s talk of a coming together for solidarity to honour the space, will keep you informed. X

  2. Tamsyn dArienzo March 31, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

    That’s such sad news. Thank you for letting us know. Tamsyn


  3. Lewes Arts Gmail April 1, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    Katie, Nice post on a sad subject. I’ve posted on the Lewes Arts site xx

  4. Lisa Armytage April 7, 2014 at 8:31 am #

    I have recently come to live in Lewes, and had just joined the mailing lists. I’m not sure what things, if anything, are continuing, but I would like to be kept in the loop. This may in fact renew a sense of support from the wider community. I am so sorry for all your work and years of effort apparently lost – this must feel devastating right now. The people are not lost, though, nor is the sense of community which you built. I hope to be part of this in the future. With thanks and best wishes, Lisa.


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