Margie and PollyAfter five years in the role, the Programme Manager of Bridport Arts Centre, Margie Barbour, is leaving to follow new opportunities.

Margie joined the Arts Centre in 2008 and has expanded the programme to one of exceptional life and vibrancy. She has been responsible for bringing some of the biggest names in performing arts to Bridport; including Jack Dee, Show of Hands and Mark Knopfler.

Margie said: “I feel so lucky to have had five fabulous years at the Arts Centre. I always thought how much I would love to work here. And now I have – so dreams can come true. I am going to work with an African theatre company based in London called Tiata Fahodzi supporting their fundraising, which takes me back the full circle to my years in Nigeria.”

Director Polly Gifford said: “Margie has made a huge contribution to the programme and organisation over the past five years.  The legacy she leaves us is a programme marked out by its diversity and quality, something we will continue to build on in the future.  I know that I speak for all the staff and Trustees in saying an enormous ‘thank you’ to Margie and wishing her the very best for the new opportunities she wants to pursue.

The programming role will be taken on by Polly who has a strong background in theatre and live performance having spent the first ten years of her career in that sector.  She said:  “I am hugely excited about taking forward the live programme. There’s a lot of great work out there and I hope you will be entertained, surprised and delighted by the acts that I bring to Bridport.