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£5 million secured towards first National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural Skills

16th December 2009

The stage is set for the East of England to become a focal point for training in backstage and production skills for the creative industries after significant funding from the Learning and Skills Council was secured towards the development of a new national centre of excellence in Thurrock, Essex.

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Boris raises his glass to Dalston's Arcola Theatre

15th December 2009

Boris Johnson has raised “three cheers” to a Dalston theatre for being at the forefront of the fight against climate change. The mayor of London praised the Arcola’s plans for the creation of a new eco-theatre near its current Arcola Street site. The ambitious proposals, which would see the theatre become the world’s first carbon neutral playhouse, were presented to Mr Johnson at City Hall.

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Deep-fried drama: how a chip shop was transformed into a forward-thinking theatre

11th December 2009

In a first for British drama, Theatre Absolute have taken over a takeaway to bring their edgy social comment pieces to Coventry’s public at large, blogs Chris Arnot for The Guardian Theatre Blog.

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Chris Arnot


De Rosa appointed ABTT chief executive

11th December 2009

Andrew de Rosa, a theatre and venue manager, has been appointed as the Association of British Theatre Technicians’ first full time chief executive.

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Plaza Stockport back to its former glory

11th December 2009

A decaying film theatre in Greater Manchester, which had its neon lights switched off during World War II, has been transformed after a £3.2m revamp. The Stockport Plaza will open its doors once more after being restored to its 1930s glory days of glamour and extravagance.

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Excitement as Shefford school theatre waits in wings

11th December 2009

Plans for a new school theatre has brought cheer to both pupils and the community. Creating a new theatre will be a boon for both pupils and the wider community, says the enthusiastic Shefford head teacher involved. He believes the £50,000 project, which is looking for a boost from a fundraising event will bring the school and community together through a mutual love and need for drama.

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Equity warns of regional production ‘collapse’

10th December 2009

Equity has raised concerns about the state of regional theatre, claiming that the scale of in-house production in repertory houses across the UK has fallen, despite increased public investment. According to the union, data obtained from the theatres reveals a drop in the total number of employment weeks for actors in subsidised repertory venues. This could indicate fewer in-house productions, shorter runs or venues programming shows with smaller casts.

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Funding has been granted for St Just theatre documentary

10th December 2009

Makers of a documentary film about what is believed to be the oldest working amphitheatre in the UK, St Just-in-Penwith Plen-an-Gwary, have been successful in obtaining grant funding.

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Birmingham pupils learn how to design theatres and libraries

10th December 2009

Pupils from two Birmingham schools have been learning how to design theatres and libraries thanks to a special education project organised by Birmingham Repertory Theatre. The pupils from Starbank Primary School and Waverley Secondary School, both in Small Heath, were given the opportunity to take part in the design and architecture project following The REP’s involvement in the Library of Birmingham development.

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Talks on Manchester move push Royal Opera House North closer to reality

10th December 2009

The Royal Opera House and Manchester City Council have held “very positive” talks on establishing a £100 million Manchester version of the flagship national opera venue at the city’s Palace Theatre. Secretary of State Ben Bradshaw hosted a summit between the pair to discuss the plans, which include a “complementary role” for Salford gallery The Lowry, following a feasibility study for the proposed new theatre, ballet and dance centre.

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