The Children’s Theatre Partnership (CTP) is delighted to announce the support of Arts Council England (ACE) over a three-year period from 2020 to 2022 to continue producing exciting new productions especially created for young and diverse audiences throughout the UK.
The Children’s Theatre Partnership was originally established in 2010 as a partnership between Fiery Angel and Chichester Festival Theatre to produce and tour bold, ambitious and imaginative theatre for young people, families and schools. Its mission continues to become a reality, and with the support of Arts Council England, CTP is thrilled to announce three UK tours including a re-mount of Nottingham Playhouse’s acclaimed production of Holes by Louis Sachar and two new commissions: George Orwell’s Animal Farm and Michael Rosen’s An Unexpected Twist.
The success of CTP lies in its close relationships with a loyal network of venues around the country. During this three-year period CTP will co-produce with Nottingham Playhouse, Bristol Old Vic, Curve Theatre and Royal & Derngate, Northampton.
Arts Council England said today, ‘We are pleased to be able to support Children’s Theatre Partnership in touring exciting and appealing theatre for young people and their families over the next three years. We want our funding to help distribute great cultural activity across the country, so it is really positive to see this group of venues along with CTP coming together to make this a reality’.
CTP’s full education programme will be led by Blackpool Grand Theatre, leaders in this field who have developed ground-breaking creative learning projects for their communities. In addition, CTP will be working alongside UK Theatre’s Inspiring The Future project to help showcase careers in theatre and aid personal development.
This year, CTP has set up a new Advisory Board whose members are Justin Audibert (Artistic Director, Unicorn Theatre), Robin Belfield (Young People’s Performance Developer, RSC), Philip Bernays (Chief Executive Newcastle Theatre Royal, Kathy Bourne (Executive Director Chichester Festival Theatre), Ruth Eastwood (Chief Executive Blackpool Grand) and Rachel Tackley (ATG Productions).