Light at the end of the tunnel for NTC

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AN under-threat theatre company has seen a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.

Northumberland Theatre Company (NTC) has been awarded funding from the Arts Council’s Catalyst Scheme as part of a project with The Empty Space, Theatre Hullabaloo, Theatre Sans Frontières and Unfolding Theatre.

The Catalyst programme was set up to encourage arts organisations to diversify their fund-raising activities.

It will allow the five companies to invest in training and help them to find new ways to attract grants and donations.

The skills they learn through this programme are then passed on to other small companies and individual artists.

Gillian Hambleton artistic director of NTC, said: “By increasing our fundraising activities we will be able to invest more money in the work we make for our audiences.

“This means that we will be able to continue touring great theatre to village halls.

“We are also looking forward to working closely with our four partners and making the most of the opportunities that will create for us – in particular the skills and learning we will be able to share and the stronger profile we will be able to create by working together.”

The Empty Space co-director Caroline Routh said: “As a development agency with a focus on building resilience within the theatre infrastructure in the North East, we are delighted to have been given this opportunity to create a centralised pool of expertise and research that in the future will be able to be accessed by a wide range of artists working across the north.

“We are also very excited at the prospect of working in partnership for the first time with these four companies whose focus is on creating opportunities for audiences across the region to experience high-quality theatre. “