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Derby and Bradford theatres to pilot scheme to develop new work and boost local talent

Derby Theatre's Sarah Brigham said the funding would enable it to “forge exciting relationships with artists and organisations across the city and beyond”
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Derby Theatre and Bradford’s Theatre in the Mill have been selected to pilot a £3 million scheme that aims to developing local talent and boost the venues’ abilities to produce work.

Both have been chosen by Arts Council England to become Performing Arts Producing Hubs, working with other local arts organisations and community groups to support the performing arts in their respective areas.

Each will receive up to £1.5 million over three years as part of the pilot. Derby Theatre will create new work with partners from across the city. Its plans include a programme of community work and new small-scale productions that can tour, as well as shows for the theatre itself and outdoor work to be performed at festivals.

Derby Theatre artistic director Sarah Brigham said the funding would enable it to “forge and develop new and exciting relationships with artists, local people and organisations across the city and beyond”.

“We very much look forward to collaborating and creating and presenting work which connects and resonates with the communities our organisations serve,” she added.

Bradford’s hub at Theatre in the Mill will “support, incubate and enable artists” to establish careers.

Neil Darlison, director of theatre at Arts Council England, said the pilots would examine whether a “better-connected performing arts sector increases production capacity and provides greater opportunities for artists and audiences”.

“By supporting individual artists and organisations, we hope these hubs will develop thriving cultural economies that both reflect and engage their local communities,” he added.

The hubs will begin their work in September.

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