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Five small London theatres improve the theatre-going experience with Theatres Trust funding
UK – Theatres Trust has awarded five more small London theatres £5,000 each from its London Small Theatres Grants Scheme for meaningful projects that address viability and accessibility and improve the theatre-going experience.
The Omnibus Theatre in Clapham, an Off-West End theatre, will soon be able to broaden its programme and stage shows in a second performance space, created by installing a technical gallery in one of its current rehearsal rooms.
Islington charity The Big House, which is converting an old frame factory into a new youth theatre and community space for care leavers, will install acoustic screens to soundproof the new theatre, limiting potential noise disturbance to nearby offices and apartments.
Three other small London theatres will use Theatres Trust funding to improve the accessibility of their buildings. The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch will complete a package of accessibility works front and back of house to better support audiences, participants and performers. The Tower Theatre in Hackney, one of London’s major amateur dramatics groups, will install a stair lift to allow those with limited mobility access to the theatre space on the first floor of the converted Methodist chapel and Soho Theatre will install an automatic sliding front door to ensure easy access to the box office.
Tom Stickland, theatres adviser at the Theatres Trust said: “London is rich in all sorts of theatre, not just the West End in all its opulence, but tiny spaces that have made their homes in converted spaces and in communities throughout the capital. We launched this scheme following a GLA report into the challenges faced by small theatres and as you can see from our recent awards it is the smallest of those spaces that stand to benefit the most from some investment in their buildings; ensuring high quality experiences for theatre-goers, staff and performers.”
The London Small Theatres Grants Scheme was launched in summer 2015 by the Mackintosh Foundation in partnership with the London Mayor’s Office, to help small theatres in the city with vital capital funding. In spring 2016 Soho Estates joined the Mackintosh Foundation as the second major donor to the London Small Theatres Grants Scheme. These five awards bring the total number of small London theatres funded by the scheme to 25.
The next round of the London Small Theatres Grants Scheme is now open. To ensure the Theatres Trust can support the widest number of theatres in London, changes have been made to the tenure and charitable structure requirements, meaning that a greater number of small and pub theatres will be able to apply. The deadline for applications is Monday 27 May at noon. Further details about the scheme can be found: theatrestrust.org.uk/grants
19th February 2019
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