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It’s out with the old and in with the new at Portsmouth New Theatre Royal

22nd February 2013

Campaigners have spent years raising money towards rebuilding a huge chunk of Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal. Now at long last work on the backlot of the building, which was destroyed in a fire in 1972, can get going because all the funding is in place. Dressed in hard hats and luminous jackets, community leaders came together at the theatre in Guildhall Walk to celebrate the beginning of the new £4m project.

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Weymouth Pavilion: Community takeover plans approved

22nd February 2013

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council voted unanimously to lease Weymouth Pavilion. A tender process will now get under way.

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Blog: Taunton Brewhouse, Now you see it, by Colin Blumenau

22nd February 2013

It may not have won prizes for the beauty of its external architecture but Taunton has lost a uniquely valuable cultural asset. The Brewhouse Theatre has for years attempted to survive the winds of change and ever decreasing amount of available public money to remain a haven for those thousands of people every year who have sought nourishment within its walls. And now it’s gone. Just like that.

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Blog: Sustainability and the arts

21st February 2013

Why do we care about environmental sustainability in the arts? As art makers, It is already difficult to keep our doors open, get audience in seats, sets on stage, paintings on the wall and so on. Is this another restriction on how we can do things? Are these more restrictions on what we can create? Why do we care about the arts in environmental sustainability? We’re already trying to cut carbon from private automobiles, change over to renewable energy sources and figure out what to do with all of this plastic. What makes the arts any different from what people are doing in their homes and offices? Are the arts unique in this equation? As a small percentage of our economic engines how can the arts drive innovation like the construction or another industry? blogs Ian Garrett, director of the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Art.


'We must save The Brewhouse' - founder member Cllr John Meikle's plea

21st February 2013

Following the news of the sudden closure of The Brewhouse Theatre, its founder-chairman Cllr John Meikle has issued a call to arms.

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Supporters plan candlelit vigil outside Taunton's Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre

21st February 2013

Brewhouse Theatre supporters have organised a candlelit vigil following yesterday’s shock announcement that the Taunton venue will close. The vigil aims to reflect on the closure and provide an open forum to discuss possible options for the theatre.

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Crewe Lyceum Theatre launches programme under HQ Theatres with April reopening

21st February 2013

Audiences were given their first glimpse of new life at the Crewe Lyceum after its new theatre operators launched the 2013 programme. The Edwardian theatre, long regarded as a jewel in South Cheshire’s crown, was taken over on January 2 by HQ Theatres – the UK’s second largest theatre operator.

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Event: Fundraising for Arts, Culture and Heritage Causes 4 March

20th February 2013

This conference will help you to identify new income streams, make a strong case for support and develop your fundraising strategy for the most impact.

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Sporta hosts free educational Energy Seminars

20th February 2013

Sporta, a membership association that represents cultural and leisure trusts and social enterprises throughout the UK, is currently running two free ‘Energy’ seminars with sponsorship from Pulse Commercial Utilities, as part of their Energy project.

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Assembly raises curtain on challenges faced by London’s small theatres

20th February 2013

What challenges are small theatres facing and is there more the Mayor could do to help them? The London Assembly is today launching a new investigation into how small theatres can remain viable across the capital.

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