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Pat Weller appointed interim chief executive for Edinburgh theatres

24th June 2011

The Festival City Theatre Trust, which runs Edinburgh’s Festival and King’s theatres, has appointed an interim chief executive to replace John Stalker, who announced his suprise resignation last week. Pat Weller, who took over as interim chief executive for Leicester’s Curve theatre in November 2009, will take on a similar role at the Festival City Theatre Trust from July 1.

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Braham Murray to leave Manchester Royal Exchange in 2012

24th June 2011

Braham Murray has announced that he is to step down as artistic director of the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester after 35 years leading the company. Murray has spent the majority of his professional career at the Royal Exchange, which he founded in 1976.

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Church’s bid to buy old Colchester Garrison Theatre

24th June 2011

A church founded in Nigeria is leading the race to turn Colchester’s former garrison theatre into a place of worship and community centre. The Victorian theatre near Abbey Fields was put on the market last year, with a condition it should be used by residents of the old Army garrison site. A planning application has been submitted by the Redeemed Christian Church of God to convert the impressive former theatre, built in 1898.

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Edinburgh Forest Cafe calls on audiences to oppose redevelopment

24th June 2011

Edinburgh’s Forest cafe, the open-access multi-arts venue which houses the award-winning Forest Fringe, is asking supporters to oppose plans to turn its current premises into a restaurant. The Forest has been given notice to quite its premises at the end of August. The building at 3 Bristo Place was sold when its current owners, the Edinburgh University Settlement, went into liquidation.

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Rotherham Arts groups offered temporary home after closure of the Studio Theatre

24th June 2011

Rotherham College has stepped in to keep arts and culture alive after the closure of the town’s Art Gallery and Studio Theatre. A replacement venue is not due to open until 2012 and, in the meantime, Rotherham College of Arts and Technology is inviting members of the public to take advantage of the facilities and spaces within the Town Centre Campus on Eastwood Lane.

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Ken Dodd to perform at Cheltenham's restored theatre

23rd June 2011

Ken Dodd will be the first person to perform in the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham following its £3m makeover. The theatre closed its doors in April for its first refurbishment in 30 years. Geoffrey Rowe, chief executive, said a show with few technical demands was needed to open the theatre and he could not think of a more suitable artist.

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How Macbeth became a prison drama in Clerkenwell's House of Detention

23rd June 2011

What are the challenges of staging Macbeth in an underground Victorian prison? How do the actors work alongside the ghosts of history? Belt Up Theatre recently brought Shakespeare’s bloody tragedy to the subterranean House of Detention, Clerkenwell. The company, based in York, specialises in site-specific theatre and likes to place its audience at the heart of its productions.

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Event: Arts Development UK national seminar – Outside In – One Year On

23rd June 2011

This important national seminar in Birmingham on 18 July 2011 follows on from the critically successful Arts Development UK (formerly nalgao) Outside In seminar in 2010, and affords opportunities, one year on, to consider the present challenging environment. Outside In – One Year On will explore cultural partnerships and how local arts and cultural services are balancing service development against the economic downturn. It will consider how to get responsive delivery systems in place and how to access commissioning areas, with consideration of alternative forms of service.

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Liverpool Arts Regeneration Consortium launches new report on the intrinsic value of the arts in regeneration

23rd June 2011

In this collaborative pilot study, eight arts and cultural organisations in Liverpool (acting together as the Liverpool Arts Regeneration Consortium, or LARC) surveyed audiences and visitors about the impacts of their experiences over the 2009-10 season. This report discusses the range of findings with respect to audiences’ ‘readiness to receive’ the art and the six constructs of intrinsic impact: captivation, emotional resonance, spiritual value, intellectual stimulation, aesthetic growth and social bonding.

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Volunteers the secret to Tunbridge Wells Trinity Theatre turnaround

23rd June 2011

A little over two years ago, the Trinity Theatre arts centre was in a funding crisis and faced closure. But in a remarkable turnaround the converted Grade II-listed church in Tunbridge Wells has increased audiences by 85 per cent and become a widely-loved cultural asset to the town. Despite losing funding from the Arts Council and Kent County Council, the 279-seat theatre and gallery space has made a profit for the last two years and self-generated income is now 83 per cent of its turnover.

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