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Lloyd Webber Foundation gifts £30k to Kids Company

Andrew Lloyd Webber. Photo: Michael Clements Andrew Lloyd Webber. Photo: Michael Clements
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The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has awarded £30,000 to children’s charity Kids Company, which will help fund its playwriting and performance programme.

Set up in 2009 to encourage vulnerable young people to become involved with playwriting, the programme sees people aged between 16 and 23 write their own play before having it performed by students and professional actors at the West End’s Criterion Theatre.

Participants also learn skills in areas such as costume design, lighting and stage management. The money donated by the foundation will ensure that the charity can continue to run the programme, which takes on 25 young people per year.

Lloyd Webber said: “In this challenging time, the need for such support is greater than ever and I hope that other organisations will continue to support Kids Company and enable them to carry out their valuable work.”

The funding forms part of the foundation’s grant-giving programme, which was established in 2010 and focuses on providing money for arts education and enabling increased diversity across the cultural sector.