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Aim to put Tiverton Community Arts Theatre on show map

4th October 2012

Promoter Vernon Hutchings has a mission…to help put the new community arts theatre at the town’s high school on the big-time entertainment map. For many years he’s staged popular gigs at local venues like the New Hall, Tiverton Town FC, and Heathcoat Hall. But he now sees a big future ahead for the 300-seater venue.

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Edinburgh Queen’s Hall refurbishment plans turned down for Creative Scotland funding

4th October 2012

Multi-million-pound plans to overhaul one of Edinburgh’s leading concert venues have been dealt a huge blow after they were rejected by Scotland’s arts agency. The Queen’s Hall – one of the key venues for the Fringe and Edinburgh International Festival – had been hoping to win backing for a complete restoration of its main auditorium and the creation of a new 125-seater venue at the back.

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Action needed to stop Darlington Civic Theatre going into decline

4th October 2012

Darlington’s Civic Theatre was saved from closure last year by Darlington Borough Council and attracts a wide range of local, national and international productions. But a report produced for the borough council’s cabinet by historic theatre consultants, Theatre Search, has warned that the grade II-listed building is no longer fit for purpose and needs significant expenditure and modernisation if it is to attract theatre companies in the future.

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Donations support vision for proposed theatre in the Wellholme Galleries

4th October 2012

Members of the Yarborough 780 Rotary Club have presented £500 to the Class Act Theatre Arts And Community Trust, which wants to convert the former Welholme Galleries into a theatre.

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Theatre for Exeter city 'would not work'

4th October 2012

Cold water has been poured on calls for a new 1,000-seat theatre in the centre of Exeter by a city councillor. Calls for a new theatre/concert hall were made on the back of a one-day exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the closure of Exeter’s Theatre Royal.

Theatre historian Dick Passmore started a petition because he thinks if Plymouth and Torquay can sustain such a theatre, so could Exeter. However, Cllr Bull told the Echo: “Mr Passmore’s exhibition attracted some 750 visitors. “The new theatre would need to attract at least that number of people for each of eight performances a week to make economic sense.

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The Talisman Theatre: centre stage in Kenilworth for 70 years

3rd October 2012

Since its beginnings as a play-reading group made up of employees at the Rover factory in Coventry in 1942, the Talisman has brought to audiences ten plays every year, with the forthcoming production of Shakespeare’s Richard III taking the total to 677. And with on average around 700 people filling seats per month, the small theatre, nestled in a quiet residential area, continues to be popular.

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The Stage Columns: Regional, yes but not ‘provincial’

3rd October 2012

The word ‘regional’ is a loaded one. It carries baggage. As theatre journalist Catherine Love wrote in a recent column for Exeunt, it’s “a tag that risks being used to imply something limited, something insular and blinkered, perhaps even something quaintly pastoral.”

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RIBA hits out at government’s ‘inflexible’ school templates

3rd October 2012

The RIBA has blasted the government’s plans for a fresh wave of standardised schools, claiming they will ‘deprive’ students and teachers of quality learning environments

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Artsdepot rescues ‘homeless’ dance college

2nd October 2012

Vocational dance college London Studio Centre has been given a temporary home by London arts centre Artsdepot, where it is set to move at the end of the lease on its current home. The Islington-based higher education college stated that it had been difficult to find a new permanent base because suitable spaces were particularly hard to find in London.

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Isle of Wight Ryde Theatre sale agreed

2nd October 2012

Ryde Theatre is facing a brighter future with news that a sale has been agreed. The Isle of Wight Council is set to receive £400,000, which is the best offer the authority had received during a period of marketing the listed building on Lind Street.

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