It is good news in the North of England where 3 new theatre companies have joined Arts Council England’s national portfolio of funded organisations. This news arose on the same day as all the regional hubs of Sustained Theatre are meeting and discussing their Business Plan.
In Liverpool, 20 Stories High is passionate about pushing the boundaries of what theatre is - and what it means to young people. 20 Stories High create bold, contemporary and imaginative theatre with and for young people aged 13 - 30.
In Sheffield, Eclipse Theatre, an outcome of the Theatre Review, is now based at Sheffield Theatres and continues to produce high quality productions that reflect the Black experience
In Newcastle, Zendeh explores hidden histories and modern identities, finding the compelling and epic in the ordinary story, creating culturally eclectic productions. The artistic practice is collaborative, poetic and innovative, combining art forms, text and digital.
Artistic Director of Zendeh, Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh said:
“(she is) humbled and delighted. Our thoughts are with our collaborators. A new world!”
The story was not rosy for everyone. 6 existing Sustained Theatre members were cut. In London 4 BME led theatre companies and nationally 2 BAME focused development agencies were not successful.
Tyrone Huggins, Chair, Sustained Theatre, says:
“I am delighted and am feel optimistic about the opportunity that will open up for members. Sustained Theatre has a vital role to play, working in partnership with Arts Council England, to deliver opportunities for artists development and grow the leadership of the BAME sector in England. There is a need for Sustained Theatre to draw together to share resources.”
Sustained Theatre is a movement working to create a new inclusive landscape for British Culture to flourish regionally, nationally and internationally. Sustained Theatre seeks to embed history, engage artists, support rare talent, embrace creative diversity and create Spaces where virtual as well the unique experience of the live moment is on offer.
For further enquiries contact Tyrone Huggins, Chair - Sustained Theatre
Telephone : 07973 83306
Posted by Leo Parris, Thursday 31st March, 2011