Friday, 5 February 2010

Funding from Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts

We are pleased to announce that we have received funding from the Arts Council through Grants for the Arts, which is a Lottery grant. This funding is towards a regional preview tour of The Tempest, which means we can take performances to Salisbury Arts Centre on the 18th March and the Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Taunton on 19th May, as well as Bristol Old Vic at the beginning of March. The performance at the Brewhouse will be part of the Flux Festival. For more information about the Flux Festival, go to

The Regional Preview Tour will enable us to invite venue bookers and promoters to see a performance of The Tempest and we are hoping they may book The Tempest for their venue. Katie Keeler and Theatre Bristol are undertaking an advocacy role for Firebird, making sure that promoters know about us and are invited to see the show. This is also an opportunity to ‘bed in’ the show, to hone and develop performances, to get feedback from audiences and to tighten and re-work any areas that need working on.

This grant will also be used to make short films as educational resources, to describe some of the processes Firebird has used to re-tell The Tempest and to promote the work of Firebird to venue bookers.

Firebird Theatre thanks Arts Council England, South West for their support, it is fantastic to have these oppotunities to develop as a company and to reach more audiences.

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