'Joy and hope' for Norwich Theatre venues after major grant
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Norwich Theatre Royal and sister venues the Playhouse and Stage Two have received a major grant to kickstart a digital transformation.
Norwich Theatre, which runs all three, has been awarded £240,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation that supports around 2,000 charities in the UK each year.
The money, which is part of the charity's Weston Culture Fund established in response to coronavirus, will support the Digital Transformation Project running across the venues.
It will allow Norwich Theatre to make crucial adaptations to its programmes and buildings to build resilience and aid recovery.
The grant will provide digital production infrastructure and in-house equipment to enable the streaming of performances and participatory activities.
Digital display screens will also be installed in front of house and external areas, enabling efficient communication with audiences and supporting the process of making the buildings Covid-secure.
Finally, the funding will enable Norwich Theatre to appoint its first ever digital producer to help lead the project and the role will be recruited soon.
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Stephen Crocker, chief executive of Norwich Theatre, said: “After many difficult and challenging months, and as we still wait for a time when we might be able to reopen, this news is an injection of joy and hope for us all at Norwich Theatre.
"I am hugely grateful to the trustees of the Garfield Weston Foundation for recognising our work to continue supporting artists and engaging our audiences during the pandemic.
"As we emerge from the Covid-19 crisis, we are more committed than ever before to our core mission of making creative experiences of all sorts available to as many people as we can.
"This grant comes at a perfect time as we begin to consider how we rebuild our organisation, define a new culture and forge ahead with new strategies, all of which will have digital creation and engagement at their heart. It will be truly transformative.”
Mr Crocker has previously said it isn't financially viable to reopen the venues while social distancing restrictions remain.