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Entertainment venue plan for Chester Odeon building thrown out

22nd June 2011

Planning permission has been refused for a cultural and entertainment venue at Chester’s iconic grade two listed Odeon cinema. The application, considered by councillors at a meeting in Winsford, proposed the landmark vacant cinema should be used for retail, café, restaurant, pub/bar and cinema/theatre/performance purposes. It was put forward by South Yorkshire based Hunter Street Ltd.

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Arts must plan further ahead if they want to secure private funding - Michael Kaiser

22nd June 2011

UK arts organisations must programme further in advance if they want to attract more private sector funding, former Royal Opera House chief executive Michael Kaiser has claimed. Kaiser, who is now president of the Kennedy Centre in Washington, was brought over to the UK earlier this month by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to give a series of free fundraising seminars for arts organisations across the country.

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New plan for Marine Theatre Lyme Regis:

22nd June 2011

The Marine Theatre is working to secure its future with a new business plan in place. The Lyme Regis theatre was on the brink of closure in December but was saved by a £30,000 grant from Lyme Regis Town Council. Trustees have been working with a professional consultant, paid for by West Dorset District Council, to develop a business plan to get the venue back on track.

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The Philanthropy Review launches call-to-action to raise an extra £2bn for charities by 2015

22nd June 2011

The Review identifies an additional £2bn of income which could be delivered to charities by 2015 by making it easier for people to give, encouraging giving and helping giving become a social norm. The Review sets out its call-to-action, focussing on these three key elements and the measures and mechanisms which could lead to a significant rise giving in the UK.

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ATG to fit sports car-style seating across its theatres

22nd June 2011

Sports car-style seats are to be fitted in the Ambassador Theatre Group’s 39 venues in order to make audiences more comfortable. ProBax seat technology is designed to correct posture, leading to reduced backache and muscle fatigue, while developers also claim that improved blood and oxygen flow increases concentration. The technology is used in Lotus cars and is under trial with aircraft companies across the world.

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Hollywood director supports new arts centre in home town of Helensburgh in Scotland

22nd June 2011

Hollywood director Tom Vaughan has backed plans for a new arts centre in his home town in Scotland. He said he hoped the new centre in Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute, would inspire other people from the town to follow in his footsteps. Planning permission has already been given for a former Victorian warehouse to be converted into a three-storey arts and entertainment centre, with two digital auditoriums, a 1950s-style diner and an arts space.

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Brazil wins overall prize at Praque Quadrennial for theatre design

21st June 2011

Brazil has been awarded the top prize at the 2011 Praque Quadrennial for performance design. The event’s international jury presented the Golden Triga to Brazil’s exhibit, saying it offered “a vivid sense of the national identity and the vital spirit of creativity that animates Brazil.” Meanwhile, Brazil also took home the Best Realization of a Production, won by Teatro da Vertigem for BR-3. Best Work in Theatre Architecture and Performance Space was shared by Greece, for the Machine Theatre and the New Stage for its National Theatre, and Mexico, for Teatro Ojo’s Within a Failing State, in which abandoned government buildings and public spaces in Mexico City are refigured as sites of memory, activism and reflection on previous authoritarian abuses.

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Curtain goes up on Norfolk’s tiniest puppet theatre, at West Runton

20th June 2011

Norfolk’s newest and tiniest puppet theatre is open for business – thanks to a series of unlikely events. The Puppet School staged its opening event on Friday when two Sheringham teenagers performed their own show in the snug 20-capacity auditorium behind Pedlars Barrow toy shop in West Runton.

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Swindon Mechanics Institute owner sued by council

20th June 2011

The owner of Swindon’s Mechanics Institute is being taken to court by the Borough Council over money said to be owing for repairs to the building. The authority carried out repairs to the roof of the Grade II* listed building, which has stood empty since the mid-1980s. It claims owner, Matthew Singh of Forefront Estates, owes the authority more than £350,000 for the work.

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Gareth Machin appointed artistic director of Salisbury Playhouse

19th June 2011

Salisbury Playhouse has appointed Gareth Machin as its new artistic director. Machin, who is currently studio associate at the National Theatre, will succeed Philip Wilson who leaves the post in July.

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