Garidge Theatre receives BBC funding

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GARIDGE Theatre have recently received an award from the BBC Performing Arts Fund in order to promote music and drama among young people.

It is the first time the BBC have invited applications for funding specifically intended to make musical drama accessible to those aged between 11 and 22 years.

|Rhona Mitchell, director of Garidge Theatre expressed her gratitude at receiving the award: “We are absolutely delighted to get the award because funding is so hard to get. Everybody knows how difficult it is at the moment and Aberdeenshire Council have hugely cut funding for the arts across the board.”

Having had the normal £3,000 grant from Aberdeenshire Council cut back to £1,000 towards running Inverurie’s Theatre Festival, which largely promotes the talents of the young, Rhona said: “We had an emergency committee meeting – a number of companies have made the decision to fold but we decided to do the best with the small amount of money we have available.

“We are lucky in that we have money in the bank this year but next year there will be none and we already know there will be no funding from Aberdeenshire Council to help run the festival.

“Instead of bringing in new professionals to run the festival workshops, we will have to cope by roping in people on a volunteer basis.”

The Garioch Theatre Festival (June 23-July 1) promises all the pazzas, comedy and fun of previous years. Returning to a traditional play after putting on devised pieces for the past three years, Mitchell School of Drama will put on a performance of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors, with a twist. Also part of the festival will be a Doric musical comedy set in the late 18th century by Charles Barron, with music by Winnie Foster entitled ‘Catherine’, with the usual array of workshops and so much more.

Preliminary workshops have taken place for the BBC funded event which will take place in Wyness Hall at the end of the festival from Saturday July 2 until Friday July 8 when participants will give a final performance.

Anyone interested in joining the workshop should contact Rhona on (01467) 621861.