Lifetime Achievement Award for Little Theatre servant


On 29th June 2022 Robbie Carruthers was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Gateshead Council to acknowledge his 45 years of service to the Little Theatre and The Progressive Players.

Robbie has undertaken numerous roles on a voluntary basis since joining the society as a teenager, including must recently as Little Theatre Chairman, and oversaw the construction of a new rehearsal room in 2021.

Along with his wife, Judith and long-time friend Mike Swallow, Robbie attended the presentation ceremony at The Marriott Hotel, Gateshead. They were honoured to share their table with three other award winners who were also recognised for significant contribution to their community.

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Judith and Robbie Carruthers with Mike Swallow

The ceremony itself was a fantastic celebration of all that is good in Gateshead with some fantastic people being honoured. Robbie’s citation underlined the huge variety of roles he has filled over the years. Robbie had his photograph taken with the leader of the council afterwards who was very interested in the new Studio and what we do at The Little Theatre. After many years of excellent support from the council this really was the icing on the cake.

He had a long chat with the Mayor of Gateshead, Dot Burnett who had spoken so eloquently at the Theatre in October 2021 when The Studio rehearsal room was officially opened and was pleased to hear updates about the theatre.

Robbie said, “I accept this lifetime achievement award with pride but recognise it would not have happened without the support and encouragement of my friends at The Little Theatre in particular the Little Theatre Directors past and present.”