Grant awarded to M6

Rochdale Observer - - WHAT’S ON WITH ALL ACROSS THE ARTS LISTINGS -

FOL­LOW­ING the great news about re­ceiv­ing Home Of­fice fund­ing, Rochdale­based M6 Theatre Com­pany has re­ceived a Small Cap­i­tal Grant from Arts Coun­cil Eng­land.

Founded in 1977, M6 Theatre Com­pany is ac­knowl­edged as one of Bri­tain’s lead­ing tour­ing theatre com­pa­nies spe­cial­is­ing in cre­at­ing and de­liv­er­ing high qual­ity theatre for and by young peo­ple.

Core val­ues of equal­ity, diver­sity and in­clu­sion are cen­tral to all M6’s work, driven by their be­lief in the unique power of great theatre to en­rich and trans­form young lives.

They will re­ceive £185,000 to im­prove its fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing an up­graded stair-lift and new con­tainer cab­ins will cre­ate more set stor­age fa­cil­i­ties and ad­di­tional cre­ative space to meet the in­creased de­mand for their par­tic­i­pa­tory pro­gramme.

M6’s youth theatre and outreach groups de­velop lo­cal young cre­atives cur­rently un­der­rep­re­sented in the sec­tor and the money will pro­vide a state-of-the-art plat­form to de­velop and share their skills more widely.

These de­vel­op­ments will help fu­ture-proof the com­pany, keep­ing pace with and in some cases, set­ting the pace of dig­i­tal and en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­vances.

M6 will also be able to con­tinue its pledge to make en­ergy ef­fi­cien­cies with the pur­chase of a greener tour­ing van.

The com­pany trav­els all over the UK and into Europe with crit­i­cally­ac­claimed shows for young peo­ple and fam­i­lies and the van will help re­duce its car­bon foot­print.

Dig­i­tal improvements will be made in­clud­ing an ar­chive of M6 Theatre’s im­pres­sive 41-year his­tory, from its Theatre in Ed­u­ca­tion roots to one of the coun­try’s lead­ing tour­ing theatre com­pa­nies.

A new web­site will also be cre­ated to help in­crease en­gage­ment to schools, venues and au­di­ences within and be­yond the bor­ough.

Deb­o­rah Palmer, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and CEO of M6 Theatre said:

“We are re­ally over the moon that Arts Coun­cil Eng­land have backed M6’s am­bi­tious Aim­ing High pro­ject.

“In our 40th birth­day year, M6 achieved record lev­els of ex­cel­lent live au­di­ence and par­tic­i­pant en­gage­ment along­side reach­ing new au­di­ences through film projects, and de­mand con­tin­ues to grow lo­cally, na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

“This in­vest­ment in tech­ni­cal/tour­ing as­sets, dig­i­tal com­mu­ni­ca­tions in­fra­struc­ture and ad­di­tional ac­ces­si­ble cre­ative space is key to our con­tin­ued evo­lu­tion, en­sur­ing that M6 has the po­ten­tial to reach, en­gage and hope­fully in­spire as many di­verse chil­dren, young peo­ple and fam­i­lies as pos­si­ble and to fly the flag for great art for ev­ery­one, far be­yond our Rochdale home.”

●●M6 Youth Theatre 12 -14s Group. Photo credit Lewis Wile­man

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