The long-awaited Culture Recovery Fund was announced on 12th October 2020. We extend huge congratulations to all those in receipt of this emergency fund: an excellent result for our region. It’s brilliant to see some of our regular Eastern Angles touring stops including The Seagull Theatre, Sheringham Little Theatre, Wells Maltings, Gt Yarmouth St George’s, Sudbury Quay Theatre, Diss Corn Hall and the John Peel Centre, together with venues closer to our Ipswich and Peterborough homes Red Rose Chain, DanceEast, New Wolsey Theatre, The Cresset and Peterborough New Theatre, in receipt of such important funds.
Like many touring theatre companies, we are light on our feet with low staff costs and have the ability to postpone projects and events, so understand why theatre buildings have been prioritised to receive funding. However, it is still a challenging time for us, especially as we have lost all of our seating and theatre hires for 2020 and cancellations are beginning for 2021.
We are extremely grateful for the support we have already received from National Lottery Heritage Fund and New Anglia LEP, which means we have been able to reconfigure our theatre, and take to the street and roadside windows for our next projects; this funding has been vital for us. We will also still be expanding the company’s base in Ipswich to open The Eastern Angles Centre a thriving arts and heritage hub at the heart of Ipswich’s Westgate ward which will serve our local community. We’re kicking this off with a community-based project: Local Legends will see us working with residents, Ipswich Community Media and Handford Hall Primary School.
Despite these funding successes we’re not out of the woods yet, and the next 12 months is crucial for us in securing our future. If you can, please donate here.
Photo Credit: Mike Kwasniak 2018 Polstead