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Horse and Bamboo’s Veil gets £78,000 boost

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Horse and Bamboo Theatre has been awarded a £78,000 grant from Arts Council England for the forthcoming tour of its 30th anniversary production Veil.

Formed in 1978 by artistic director Bob Frith, the company creates visual theatre with masks, mime, animation and puppetry.

Veil, set in both contemporary Europe and Iraq, tells the story of two women in different cultures united by deceit and betrayal. Frith said, “Veil is one of the most ambitious projects that Horse and Bamboo has undertaken and I am thrilled that audiences up and down the country will now have the opportunity to see it.”

The show will open in February 2008 at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield before touring the UK until the end of April, during which time it will play at the Sheffield Crucible, the Lowry, Salford and the Junction, Cambridge, among other venues.

Roddy Gauld, theatre officer for Arts Council England, North West, said: “Veil promises to be an exciting production, using a range of traditional and modern theatre techniques to tell a very contemporary, multi-cultural story.”

The news comes after modernisation of the company’s rehearsal and performance space, following a £60,000 arts council grant in March. Renovation work saw the installation of new lighting and sound systems at the Horse and Bamboo Centre in Rossendale.

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