Artistic Director Iwan Lewis’ Response To UK Government Announcement

8th July 2020


On the recent announcements from the Government, our Artistic Director Iwan Lewis has said:

“We are extremely pleased to hear the announcement from the UK Government of their plans to invest £1.57 billion to protect the UK’s world-class cultural, arts and heritage institutions during this unprecedented time of crisis.

Yesterday’s news is a positive step forward in the fight to save our cultural institutions. The announcement of The Theatre Artists Fund will also provide freelancers, who are a lifeblood for not only the Barn Theatre but the entire industry, emergency support to ensure we will not lose vital members of our rich cultural sector.

However, as a small 200 seat venue in the Cotswolds we are concerned that like many theatres of our size in the regions who contribute hugely to the cultural landscape of our communities that our voice won’t be heard. We will be watching with interest as more details emerge as to how the investment fund will be distributed.

The focus for us all now is on planning for a future of innovative theatre as well as continuing to bring together our local communities and ensuring that our regional economy thrives.”

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