The Friends of East Suffolk Performing Arts (FESPA) was registered as a Charity in 2007. It has two aims - a general one and a specific one...

Our general objective is to promote and facilitate a healthy and vigorous performing arts scene within East Suffolk for the benefit of our community.

Our more specific goal is to encourage and support education in the performing arts for people in this area.

FESPA evolved out of a thriving group of theatre enthusiasts - or Friends - centred on the Southwold and Aldeburgh Summer Theatres which, for nearly 30 years was run by Jill Freud.

The decision to apply for charitable status reflected a growing awareness that a group as enthusiastic and effective as the Friends has proved itself to be, should begin to set its sights on a broader platform in the interests of the cultural well-being of the communities of East Suffolk.

For the background and history of the Friends and a more detailed account of FESPA's charitable remit, click here.

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Darrell Brockis and Michael Shaw in 'Don't Dress for Dinner' in a recent Summer Theatre season



The FESPA annual garden party - A chance for Friends and acting company to get together.

Our annual fete on Southwold Common is our biggest fund-raiser





FESPA Bursaries are awarded to students in East Suffolk who plan to attend a course at a recognised performing arts college this autumn.

If you'd like to apply, please email David Bunkell on fespa@btinternet.com and request details and an entry form. Applications must be received by midnight on 31 July 2019


We are very sad to report that Sidi Scott, our much-loved Chairman for very many years, died on 15 November 2018 after a brave battle with cancer.

It has been a year of several notable losses: that of our President and founder, Margaret Chadd, MBE, in July at the age of 96: another of our founder members, and original editor of our newsletter, Jack Clayton, who died in September, and Peggy Hurren who ran the theatre box office in Southwold for over 50 years.


This site is intended both as an information resource for Friends and as a means of promoting FESPA's aims and achievements to a wider audience.

If you would like to Join FESPA, you may do so here.

If you are a Friend already and would like to take a more active role in FESPA activities, we would love to hear from you.

If you like what you see here and would like to support FESPA, either financially or in kind, please get in touch.

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