Waterside Arts Centre

An arts venue in central Sale – including a theatre, gallery spaces and studios for both visual and performance art.

It occupies the site of what was once the old Sale Civic Theatre and part of the previous Trafford Council Town Hall. It launched its first artistic programme in November 2004.

Over the years it has welcomed a number of creative endeavours, with the especially popular 350-seat theatre space named after Sale-born screenwriter Robert Bolt – a cultural icon famed for his screenplays Doctor Zhivago and A Man for All Seasons.

Waterside Arts Centre serves as a vibrant community hub, with regular classes and workshops which range from dance and drama to poetry. It is the home of ‘Write Out Loud Sale’. The Centre runs an ongoing programme of events with typically three brochures of listings published over the course of a year.

It has also served as a regular base for groups including Chamber Orchestra and Trafford Youth Orchestra. The on-site Lauriston Gallery is supported by the Lauriston Trust, a Trafford-based organisation which works to promote the accessibility of art to young people across the city.

Numerous creative events have taken place here with just some examples including performances from the ‘Reduced Shakespeare Company, ComedySportz and much more.