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Theatre on the Steps – Culture Recovery Fund

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and Arts Council England have today announced that a further 588 cultural and creative organisations are to receive a share of £76 million as part of a vital financial boost from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

In Shropshire this £580,922 investment will help save six theatres, galleries, performance groups, arts organisations, museums and local venues facing the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, to ensure they have a sustainable future and continue to bring joy to local communities and international audiences.

Bridgnorth’s Theatre on the Steps will receive a grant of £100,000 to help it through these difficult times, the money will mean that the theatre can continue to pay its contract staff, put in place covid safety measures, and meet overheads, and to subsidise performances to the smaller audiences required by social distancing.

The Theatre on the Steps has been a theatre since 1964 and normally provides a full and varied programme of drama and music, in common with most venues there have been no performances at the theatre since March.

 

The theatre has been keeping “alive” by asking their audiences to send in videos of their own performances at home and then sharing them on social media.

Their latest project to bring entertainment to their public is Ghost Walk The Movie,

which can’t be staged this year due to Covid 19.

 

The Theatre on the Steps Ghost Walk has been seen by thousands of people over the years,

and this gives them, and viewers from around the world an opportunity to see the ghosts and their

stories on the big screen, with many added effects.

 

Iain Reddihough, Artistic Director said “We are very pleased to receive this grant

which will help us secure the future of the Theatre during these difficult times, 

We hope that, unless there are further restrictions  we will soon be able to

stage live shows at the theatre.

In the meantime Ghost Walk the movie has given us the opportunity to dramatise the scenes

in a way that is not possible as live performances,

and to add in the two dramatic stories of the two ghosts often seen at the theatre,

and we hope that it will attract more viewers, not only from Shropshire and

the West Midlands but from a much wider area”

You can see a trailer for GHOST WALK the movie at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnLGggZJO6Q


 

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