Cirencester’s award-winning Barn Theatre has been awarded £349,500 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future.
The Barn Theatre is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country, including two we reported on yesterday, receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced as part of the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England.
The Barn Theatre is one of 12 diverse Gloucestershire arts and culture organisations that have been confirmed by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and Arts Council England to benefit from a share of the Culture Recovery Fund.
Without the support of this fund it is unlikely that the organisation will survive in to 2021 and will go towards ensuring the theatre can maintain their team as well as providing opportunities for freelancers withing the industry.
Over lockdown the theatre launched a free live-streaming service for both the local community and international audiences including series’ with Tweedy the Clown, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Cotswold District Council and Dr Dawn Harper and featuring special guests including Helena Bonham Carter, Hugh Bonneville, Reece Shearsmith and Daisy May Cooper.
The theatre extended its thanks to the Cotswolds MP Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown for all his support for the theatre in Parliament as well as the local councils, communities and members of the theatre industry that have shown their support for the Barn Theatre during this unprecedented time.