Hip-hop theatre planned for Plymouth

Toby Gorniak from Street Factory CIC Toby Gorniak from Street Factory CIC
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More than £45,000 has been crowdfunded towards building what claims to be the UK’s first dedicated hip-hop theatre in Plymouth.

Street dancing coach Toby Gorniak, who was awarded an MBE in the 2018 New Years honours, and his wife Jo are behind the £2 million plans for the hip-hop education centre and theatre.

The couple, who run Street Factory CIC, a hip-hop training organisation for young people, plan to transform a former industrial building in Millbay into the dance centre.

They have already been granted permission for the change of use of the building from industrial to a dance studio, and are now seeking to finance the project through donations from large funders and local investors.

Plans for the new centre include a theatre – which has a capacity of 188 if the audience is seated, or 280 standing with 60 seated – as well as a community cafe, recording studio, dance studio and teaching space.

Street Factory CIC is currently running community dance sessions in the industrial building, but will move to a temporary space nearby when building works commence.

A statement from Street Factory CIC on its crowdfunding page said: “We are fuelled by a deep-rooted passion, commitment, determination and philosophy; we help young people to fly, young people who feel they don’t have wings or a direction in life.

“[We aim to achieve this] by creating a springboard that empowers and enables our young people to be better connected to their value and see their potential while understanding the positive impact they can have within their community.”