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NPO 2017: Red Ladder to rejoin Arts Council portfolio

Red Ladder's Rod Dixon
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Theatre company Red Ladder has been readmitted to Arts Council England’s national portfolio after being dropped in the last round.

Red Ladder, which had 100% of its ACE funding removed for the 2015-2018 portfolio, announced that it would be rejoining for the period 2018 to 2022.

The company is among the first to confirm its national portfolio organisation status as ACE prepares to announce its regular funding for the next four years today (June 27).

It comes as the theatre prepares for its 50th anniversary celebrations in 2018.

Artistic director Rod Dixon said the news was “the best possible outcome” as the company heads into its 50th year.

“We see this as a great vote of confidence from Arts Council England in what we’ve achieved through a challenging time – but one in which we’ve thrived; through passion and dedication for what we do, and with the overwhelming support of our fans and peers,” he said.

Dixon said the company intended to further its touring work as it returns to being a national portfolio organisation, taking new writing into communities with traditionally low engagement.

He added that the company would remain “committed to nurturing diverse artistic voices by removing barriers that far too often prevent new talent from developing in the arts”.