Three contrasting stories:-
1) Taunton loses its theatre following Somerset’s decision to axe the whole of its arts budget. Taunton Council is planning a rescue.
2) Belfast has announces a 27%increase in funding.
3) Newcastle backtracks on a axing the whole of its arts budget following public and business pressure.
These stories show that regional theatres are under threat , but that councils can be made to realise the harm caused by their loss.
How can we keep our local theatres? Most important, use them. Here in Andover, Heather has done a tremendous job building a theatre programme at The Lights. She needs us, as an audience, to support her.
Secondly, add your name to www.mytheatrematters.com. This will update you to any threats to your local theatre and what can be done about them.