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Derby Theatre to become Performing Arts Producing Hub

Derby Theatre is set to receive £1.5million of National Lottery funding to become one of two new Performing Arts Producing Hubs - groups of theatres, arts organisations, social enterprises, community groups and other organisations which will work to support the performing arts sector locally.

Over three years, the pilot programme will help Derby Theatre develop its local performing arts sector, supporting organisations to develop local talent and increase their capacity to produce work.

Derby Theatre Community Play (2015) Photo credit Robert Day

As a Producing Hub, Derby Theatre will create new work with audiences and communities at its heart, involving partners from across the city and beyond.  

The Hub will produce a programme of work in community settings across the city, new touring productions, work which will play at Derby Theatre and new outdoor work to play at festivals like Festé and across the city.

It will also give artists the chance to collaborate and deliver community and artist development opportunities.

(c) Derby Theatre

Derby Theatre’s consortium of companies, artist-led organisations, National Portfolio Organisations, the university and the local authority, means it can reach out into new parts of the city and think about creating theatre in new ways.

Peter Knott, Midlands Area Director, Arts Council England yesterday said:

“The project offers an opportunity to create new work, with Derbyshire’s community at its heart.

“It’s great to see such ambition and enthusiasm bringing interesting and diverse theatre to new audiences, with a wealth of ways for local people to get involved, from attending a local performance, to working with an artist in residence to develop ideas for a show. We’ve seen amazing results from projects funded by the National Lottery and look forward to seeing this Producing Hub unearth new talent and become a real source of pride for Derbyshire.”

The two Producing Hub pilots – Derby Theatre and Bradford’s Theatre in the Mill – are intended to test the potential of Producing Hubs to respond to the 2016 Analysis of Theatre in England report, which identified a gap in such support for performing arts organisations outside of London. They will both operate from early September 2019 and be funded via Arts Council’s National Lottery Project Grants Programme.


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