Red Ladder Theatre Company has become one of the high-profile casualties in the latest round of funding from Arts Council England.
Currently it receives around £160,000 annually. From 2015, it will have no money from ACE.
Its artistic director Rod Dixon said:
We are bitterly, bitterly disappointed – but this is not the end for Red Ladder. We put in what we believed was a hugely exciting programme of work to 2018, and it is disappointing to know that those plans will not now come to fruition, at least not in the form we envisaged. What we do know is that we cannot and will not see this decision as a vote of no confidence, and that we will find a way to continue through our own passion and dedication to making theatre that represents the dispossessed, tells stories of the injustices of our world and changes lives. We have an army of twitter followers, friends, supporters and fans and we will survive this.”
Red Ladder champions new writing, particularly that which challenges or agitates. It is a radical theatre company with 46 years ofhistory; acknowledged as one of Britain’s leading national touring companies producing high quality theatre contributing to social change and global justice.