A local flavour for each venue; A local theatre company has been granted a muchneeded boost in the arts. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR has the details.
EMERGING North East theatre company Rabbit Damage is defying the current economic climate, and has just been awarded pounds 10,000 under the Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts initiative.
This pot of money will allow the Bedlington-based company to realise its first full production, Wherever I Lay My Hat, which will tour regionally in the autumn.
Wherever I Lay My Hat is an original live performance piece that will draw upon the personal accounts of the performers and, potentially, those of its audience members to explore different ideas of and attitudes to the meaning of "home".
The company is keen to involve the public living in the vicinity of the performance venues to make a piece that will include sections tailored to each venue, and is appealing for images and stories of home from interested parties.
Rabbit Damage was lucky enough to be named the Bridging the Gap Associate Company for 2010 earlier this year.
Bridging the Gap is an initiative conceived by ARC in Stockton, the Maltings Theatre in Berwick and Theatre Royal Newcastle in order to This funding us to make "we really give an opportunity for an emerging company to break into the realm of professional touring theatre. Under the scheme, Rabbit Damage has access to marketing support, mentoring and six weeks rehearsal space to make the show, before presenting the work for two nights at each of the participating venues this coming September. Artistic director of Rabbit Damage, Jill Chambers, says: "We're delighted to have been funded by the Arts Council for our first major show. In the current economic Now we're forward to the studio climate, we have a real sense of the value of this money so we appreciate it all the more.
"What it means for us is a positive start to a relatively new company at a very uncertain time. For that, and for the support of our partner venues, we are very grateful.
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"Now we're just looking forward to getting in to the studio and start making it!" Wherever I Lay My Hat shows at the Maltings Theatre on September 17-18, ARC on September 21-22 and Theatre Royal Newcastle on September 24-25.
AUDIENCE INPUT - Jill Chambers, left, and Jaye Kearney