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Malvern Theatres plans new education workshop to boost outreach work

Malvern Theatres' chief executive Nic Lloyd with the architect's model of the proposed new workshop space. Photo: James Watkins Malvern Theatres' chief executive Nic Lloyd with the architect's model of the proposed new workshop space. Photo: James Watkins
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Malvern Theatres has announced plans to build a purpose-built education space at its Worcestershire home, which will enable it to expand its programme of workshops.

The theatre has secured £420,000 of funding for the space, subject to planning permission, from Arts Council England, its local authority and the Kay Trust. This money is expected to cover around half of the total required for the project.

The new space will be primarily used for outreach and education projects, allowing Malvern Theatres to expand its programme and introduce weekly sessions, meaning participatory work will increase by 150%.

Outreach work is currently held in the building’s public spaces, such as the bar, meaning classes are often oversubscribed and are limited by the performance schedule.

It will also be used as a rehearsal space for visiting companies and the theatre’s young company.

The space has been designed to be fully accessible, and the theatre has committed to offer more workshops for people with learning and physical disabilities.

Chief executive Nic Lloyd said: “Our engagement and learning department offers a lifeline to so many and we provide invaluable professional development experiences for Malvern’s young people. We hope to expand these opportunities with a new space.

“This proposal is still in its very early stages, but we are excited by the project.”

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