Theatre company Not Too Tame is to take up residency in Warrington, as part of a new partnership that aims to engage first-time theatregoers.
This coincides with news that Not Too Tame, which focuses on immersive and site specific work, is to become an associate company of the new Shakespeare North Playhouse, which is being built in Prescot.
As part of the three-year partnership with Warrington Borough Council, Not Too Tame will take up residency in the town and be provided with office and rehearsal space.
The company will create work in Warrington that will be performed in various venues around the borough, including pubs, working men’s clubs and live music venues.
Warrington Town Council declined to confirm the exact figure it has invested into the partnership, but said it was a “significant six-figure investment”.
There will be a focus on developing audiences and engaging first-time theatregoers in the town, which Not Too Tame artistic director Jimmy Fairhurst says currently lacks cultural output.
The company also plans to run workshops, engage with young people and invite other companies to host workshops and shows in the area.
Fairhurst said: “We’re delighted to announce our partnership with the council and Culture Warrington, which will see Not Too Tame return home to Warrington as its first professional theatre company.
“Over the next three years, we will present a menu of our high-quality, home-grown theatre productions and events, before touring them around the UK.”
He added: “We will also look to create opportunities, access and learning for those with an interest in a career in the arts – particularly those from low-income backgrounds.”
Maureen McLaughlin, cabinet member for culture at Warrington Borough Council, said: “We’re proud to announce this new partnership, which will bring live theatre to our communities – including people who have never been to the theatre before – and supporting young people wishing to pursue a career in the arts.
“We’ve been on a journey since our bid to be the UK City of Culture 2021, and the subsequent cultural commission set up to help grow the cultural offer in our town. I’m really pleased that we’ve taken the next step on our cultural journey with our Not Too Tame partnership.”
Not Too Tame’s previous productions have included a touring, immersive adaptation of Cinderella by Luke Barnes, which is to run at the Vaults in London from November 22 to January 12.