Thursday 25th July 2013

Turning creativity and flair into real performance, The Old Mill Centre has a stunning new performance studio space to add to its residential facility, complete with sound, light, drapes and a portable stage.

Stage Systems at the Old Mill Centre

The Old Mill Centre set in the rolling countryside of the Yorkshire Dales is a complete retreat and the brainchild of Barbara and Mick Sutcliffe-Cole. The venue combines a 7 bedroomed residential holiday centre for up to 20, with full performance facilities: the main building, which used to be the corn mill, houses the sleeping and dining facilities with the adjacent studio home to the performance space.

This new studio certainly has the “wow” factor; with a spacious atmosphere the high ceiling creates amazing acoustics, skylights provide natural light and a simple neutral décor combine to make the perfect setting for the performance facilities supplied by Stage Systems.

Originally just sourcing a portable stage for the space from Stage Systems, further discussions with the team led to the purchase and installation of back drapes, professional lighting, sound and AV equipment too. The stage is Q-build portable staging that can be configured in a variety of formats or stored compactly away, the sound and light has been fitted to create wonderful professional effects plus the back drape can be included, depending on the need.

Now the dream has been realised; the creation of a truly unique venue combining complete facilities offering a stylish place to retreat, refresh and inspire. Utilising this setting are groups that can have sole occupancy of the mill; to get creative, get away from it all, refresh and find freedom of expression. It is amazing how the stage, lights and sound can reveal hidden talents, reducing inhibitions and produce connections with new expressions and performance.

The Old Mill Centre studio caters for overnight guests as well as up to 50 non-residential visitors and has been home to creative performances from church, theatre and school groups, groups on holiday and business away days, creating musical performance, family plays and parties, dancing and impromptu drama. Plans to expand into workshops and courses are the vision, and what better way to get more people more creative in such a stimulating environment?

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