Brewhouse work praised by Arts Council

You may have read over the weekend that Taunton’s Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre has won new investment from Arts Council England. The grant of some £48,000 will help the theatre enhance their live performance, visual art and Take Part (learning and participation) programmes. It comes at a propitious time with Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour, comedian Jack Dee, international Soprano Lesley Garrett, award-winning Russell Maliphant Dance Company, children’s favourite Elmer the Patchwork Elephant and cricket broadcaster Johnathan Agnew all scheduled to perform at Taunton’s premier arts venue.

Speaking to The Leveller, Phil Gibby, Area Director, Arts Council England, told us why The Arts Council had decided to give support to the Brewhouse. “We’re delighted to invest in The Brewhouse Theatre through our National Lottery Project Grants funding stream. The Brewhouse programme high quality theatre and performance work, as well as nurturing artistic talent in the region. At the Arts Council we believe in the power of arts and culture, for individuals and communities alike; this investment will help to ensure more people will get to experience those benefits in Somerset and beyond.”

Nor surprisingly Chief Executive Vanessa Lefrancois was really pleased at the news “This grant from Arts Council England validates the terrific work the team and our volunteers have done since 2014.  We are grateful to ACE for this investment which will help us continue to improve our arts and cultural offer for the benefice of the communities that we serve.”

The Brewhouse is run these days by the Taunton Theatre Association (TTA), and following the revival of the theatre in 2014 they have put on an impressive performance themselves with over 1,000 events and 71,500 visitors last year.

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