Anger as Children's Theatre Is Hit by Cuts

By Ferguson, Brian | The Scotsman, January 26, 2018 | Go to article overview

Anger as Children's Theatre Is Hit by Cuts


Ferguson, Brian, The Scotsman


Creative Scotland has been accused of making a mockery of an official Year of Young People by cutting support for children's theatre - despite receiving millions of pounds of extra funding from the Scottish Government. Companies said they are "devastated" after being suddenly stripped of funding, weeks into the £2 million initiative. There is also mounting anger that companies working with disabled performers have been targeted.

Other theatre companies affected by 100 per cent cuts in a shake-up of the quango's "regular funding" scheme say they are now facing closure.

The quango has been awarded an extra £16m a year in by the government - although £10m is ringfenced for the screen sector and the remainder is making up a shortfall in lottery funding.

The quango is funding 20 new groups from a £99m funding pot. Children's theatre companies Catherine Wheels and Visible Fictions, and Birds of Paradise and Lung Ha, who work with people with learning disabilities, are among 20 companies losing out.

A spokeswoman for Catherine Wheels said: "We're devastated. Our company has been at the heart of establishing high-quality children's theatre, to a standard which has earned us, and Scotland, the reputation as world leaders. …

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