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Show can go on with pounds 100k grant.

Byline: TOM BODDEN

A NORTH Wales theatre was last night handed pounds 100,000 to take its show back on the road.

School halls,leisure centres and small venues across Wales will be staging quality drama from Mold-based Clwyd Theatr Cymru thanks to the one-off Assembly grant for a ``mobile theatre''.

The touring community theatre has been off the road for two years after commercial sponsorship ran out.

The mobile theatre is transported on two, 40ft articulated lorries and is suitable for venues not normally able to host major productions.

Culture Minister Alun Pugh said: ``Many communities in Wales are missing out on the chance to enjoy good quality drama because they are too far away from the main theatres.

``This is particularly true of the most deprived communities in Wales.

``This is an exciting and innovative project which will take a first-class product to areas which would normally not have access to top quality theatre.''

Clwyd Theatr Cymru, under its director Terry Hands,has a well deserved and international reputation for producing top quality, accessible drama,added Mr Pugh.

He said the mobile theatre would draw on the experience and reputation of the company.

The grant comes from the first phase of the Arts Outside Cardiff scheme announced last autumn by the minister.

This scheme takes performance theatre to smaller,non-traditional venues such as community centres and village halls.

The Assembly government grant is expected to fund 20 performances.

The Arts outside Cardiff scheme is offering a total of pounds 250,000 in 2004-05, rising to pounds 1min 2005-06 and pounds 2min 2006-07.
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Date:Mar 10, 2004
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