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Theatres Trust awards £29,000 to theatres across the UK so they can serve their communities better

Theatres Trust awards £29,000 to theatres across the UK so they can serve their communities better
Theatres Trust awards £29,000 to theatres across the UK so they can serve their communities better

UK – Theatres Trust has awarded six more theatres up to £5,000 each in vital funding from its UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme for projects that introduce environmental improvements, enhance accessibility and address urgent repairs to the building, supporting their future success.

A key cultural asset in Caithness, the Lyth Arts Centre, will replace its old storage heaters and install an innovative Biomass boiler system, thanks to Theatres Trust funding. Improved and more energy efficient heating throughout the centre will allow it to host year round residencies, open up the foyer as a second space, and run a winter programme which is of benefit to visiting artists, local audiences and ensuring the theatre’s viability.

A new entrance with automatic swing doors will improve the theatre-going experience for disabled patrons and wheelchair users at the Lighthouse, Poole, the largest regional arts centre outside London. The project will ensure smoother access and a less congested route around the building.

Four other theatres will use Theatres Trust funding for urgent repairs to their building, protecting them from further deterioration, and adding to their long-term economic sustainability. The Grade II listed Shoreditch Town Hall will complete urgent external and internal repairs to the North East Tower of the largest theatre space. The Poly, Falmouth will be able to embark on repair work to the ceiling of the main gallery and the roof above its Grade II* listed Polytechnic Hall. Theatr Gwaun, at the centre of the community of North Pembrokeshire for over 100 years, will repair and repaint the exterior of the building, securing it and improving its profile. Chipping Norton Theatre, a former Salvation Army citadel, will complete comprehensive roofing repair work critical to protect future theatre use.

Jon Morgan, director at the Theatres Trust said: “I’m proud that our UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme can help these theatres make significant improvements to secure and improve their buildings’ fabric, and provide a more accessible and welcoming customer experience for their audiences. We are about to embark on our seventh year of awards thanks to the generosity of our funders and their continuing support.”

Sarah Miller, director at Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation said: “I am thrilled to see Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation funding targeted in the support of these regional theatres under the direction of Theatres Trust expertise. Theatres are so often the hubs of their communities and they should be cherished.”

Launched in April 2012, the UK Small Theatres Grants Scheme awards grants of up to £5,000 to theatres across the UK to address urgent building works and improvements, and receives support from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and Charles Michael Holloway Charitable Trust. The six awards bring the total number of theatres funded by the UK scheme to 70.

The next round of the scheme is now open. The deadline for applications is Monday 2 September at noon. Further details about the scheme can be found: theatrestrust.org.uk/grants.

photos: SDM Photography and Richard Budd

1st May 2019

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