Creative people can now enjoy a packed line-up of free activities, networking groups and future exhibitions through a local theatre.

Theatre by the Lake has announced the launch of its online play-reading club, an artists' network group, and an exhibition that it hopes to launch in January next year.

It will bring together local artists to get to know each other through a shared love of theatre.

Liz Stevenson, the artistic director, said: “Our doors might be closed at the moment but it’s really important for us to continue, in whatever way we can, to serve our community and audiences artistically and creatively: that’s what we’re here to do and that’s what we’ll endeavour to keep on doing.

“We’re really thrilled to have some wonderful playwrights lined up to join us for our play reading club discussions, and with our Cumbrian Creatives network we’re hoping to discover, develop and celebrate the brilliant talent which we knows exists in our county.

“Now, more than ever, it’s important that we bring creative voices together and look to the future.

“Whether you are a local aspiring theatre-maker at the beginning of your journey as an artist, or an experienced professional who grew up in the region, we want you to help us shape the future of Theatre By The Lake.”

The play-reading group will meet once a month online with guest appearances from the playwrights themselves.

It is also asking people to create a piece that depicts life during lockdown and their hopes for the future which will form their 2021 exhibition.

For more information on how to get involved, visit the Theatre by the Lake website.