Theatre returns to Telford this summer as lockdown eases

Written on April 6, 2021

As the country emerges from the lockdown, local theatre company TACT is set to return to live performances this summer.

More than a year ago, as part of the national restrictions, every theatre company, arts venue and dance school in Shropshire closed their doors to their students and cast members. But this April, as the restrictions continue to ease, arts venues are announcing that they are reopening with exciting new projects.

The Arts Centre Telford, based in Ketley, are beginning their return to the rehearsal room with an ambitious project, a reimagining of Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World, as a largeensemble production. This exciting song-cycle explores the ideas of fate, destiny and decision
and how we make decisions at any given moment in time. Something that is timely, as people make decisions about returning to their offices or booking their summer holidays.

Sadly, as the lockdown hit, The Arts Centre Telford’s planned productions, a musical theatre concert and Secret Garden the musical were cancelled, but thanks to the company moving their classes and private lessons online and vital support from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, the company returns stronger than ever, with a brand new studio performance space and the ability to have multimedia productions, including live-streamed online events.

Auditions for the new production take place on Saturday 24th April at the centre’s Ketley studios. Those interested are encouraged to sign up through The Arts Centre Telford’s website to ensure that the company can comply with covid-regulations. The new productions at TACT will be further supported by the government’s Culture Recovery Fund as the company announced a second round of funding has been awarded.

Ross Doodson, co-director of TACT said “we are absolutely delighted that The Arts Council England has again seen the benefit of supporting TACT in our work and further invested this public money into our business as we continue to recover from the effects of the pandemic and what this has meant for our services and the effect on our young people that not being able to come to TACT has done for them.”

Bobby Standley, co-director of TACT added “this money will be a vital part of the budgeting for our next production of Songs for a New World and help us to plan the season for the remainder of 2021 into 2022, which we are very excited to get to work on.”

Further information about the work of The Arts Centre Telford can be found on their website.

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