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Blog: Getting the best out of college theatres

13th October 2011

If you’re a university, college or school and you build an expensive theatre or concert hall on your premises, how are you going to justify the colossal expense and get the best out of it for students? blogs Susan Elkin from The Stage.

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Bocking Arts Theatre Trust takes over running failing public hall

13th October 2011

A community group has taken over the running of the Braintree Institute after the council failed to turn a profit out of the public hall. The Bocking Arts Theatre Trust plans to inject £250,000 into the rundown hall, which is to be renamed the Bocking Arts Theatre. And the Trust has already outlined a diverse timetable of acts for the coming winter and spring seasons.

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Jo Caird: Is it Madness to Launch a Theatre in a Recession?

13th October 2011

Last week saw the launch of the Brixton Empire, a new theatre space in the converted St Matthew’s Church in the heart of Brixton town centre. Any ravers among you will recognise the venue as Mass, the 1,500-person capacity club famous for its drum ‘n’ bass and jungle nights. Meanwhile, down in Vauxhall, another new, albeit temporary, theatre has just launched with a production of The Lights by Howard Korder. The Spring is a sprawling warehouse space that will be knocked down in a year to make way for a new development. In the meantime though it will be available for hire for all sort of events.

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Breaking new ground for arts and entertainment in Doncaster

13th October 2011

A special breaking of the ground ceremony took place on Tuesday 11 October to mark construction work starting on Doncaster’s new £20m performance venue.

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ACE fears government planning changes will ‘silence culture’

12th October 2011

Government planning proposals would put theatres at risk of being redeveloped into commercial properties if the scheme is implemented, Arts Council England has warned. ACE has responded to the government’s consultation on the draft National Planning Policy Framework, hitting out at its “silence on culture”.

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Really Useful Group appoints Wragg as managing director

12th October 2011

Former music industry executive Barney Wragg has been appointed managing director of the Really Useful Group. The appointment is part of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s plans to separate Really Useful Investments Limited into the Really Useful Group – which will manage the group’s copyrights, music, licensing and artist management under Wragg – and Really Useful Theatres, which operates the company’s West End venues.

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Harriet Harman becomes shadow culture secretary

11th October 2011

Harriet Harman has been appointed as the shadow culture secretary in a Labour re-shuffle. Ivan Lewis, who previously held the role, has now taken up the international development brief. Harman remains shadow deputy prime minister.

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Investment in creative industries is not high risk - Demos

11th October 2011

The notion that the creative industries are riskier than other types of business is a “myth”, according to a new report published by the think tank Demos. The pamphlet, entitled Risky Business, states: “The popular image is that creative geniuses – whether computer programmers, writers, designers or musicians – are preoccupied by their art rather than the mechanics of their business, which implies that they are a high-risk option for creditors and investors.”

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Repairs to Morecambe Winter Gardens may cost £15,000

11th October 2011

Metal thieves have stripped the lead from one entire side of the roof of the disused Winter Gardens Theatre in Morecambe. The building closed in 1977 and is owned by a local conservation group. They said it is a major setback to their plans to restore and reopen the building Evelyn Archer, from the Friends of Winter Gardens Group, said the damage could cost £15,000 to repair.

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Weymouth Pavilion: Facility cost us £1.6m over two years

8th October 2011

Figures showing that the Pavilion Theatre in Weymouth has cost taxpayers £1.6million over the last two years have triggered a plea to ‘make it work or knock it down’. Councillor Peter Farrell is calling for a referendum which will give Weymouth and Portland residents the chance to make a decision on the council-funded theatre’s future.

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