Emergency cash saves Chesterfield youth theatre from closure

A Chesterfield youth theatre is no longer facing the final curtain thanks to emergency funding which has secured its future.

Pomegranate Youth Theatre has been awarded £6,800 so it can carry on and put in place new activities to create new performance spaces.

The Arts Council has today, Tuesday, June 16, announced it is giving more than £1 million to more than 120 cultural organisations in Derbyshire.

It's part of the Covid-19 emergency response package from the National Lottery and the Government.

Announced in March, this money was designed to help pressures faced by the creative industry to help stabilise their future.

93 individuals received more than £200,000 and 36 organisations received more than £800,000.

Carole Copeland, project officer at Pomegranate Youth Theatre, said: "The Pomegranate Youth Theatre members and workers are over the moon to receive this funding. It has made it possible for us to continue.

“Arts Council support has enabled us to get creative through these difficult times so we can come back with new and exciting ideas, and learn new skills to move us forward."

Elsewhere in Derbyshire, Derby based 1693 Theatre Company has also receiving funding.

Across the Midlands as a whole £7.9 million has been awarded.

Peter Knott, Area Director for Arts Council, said: “We’re pleased to be able to support the cultural sector in Derbyshire through our Emergency Response Package.

"Thanks to the government and National Lottery players we’re able to give vital financial support to the many people and organisations that make up our vibrant cultural sector, for whom Covid-19 has dealt a devastating blow.