Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Carriageworks given Arts Council England funding boost




Caption: Operation Greenfield (top image) and Translunar Paradise (above) are two of the highlights of the forthcoming season at The Carriageworks

The Carriageworks in Leeds has been boosted with a funding award of over £8,000 from the Arts Council England for its programme of events this autumn.

The funding from the Grants for the Arts scheme has been given to the theatre venue off Millennium Square to support its forthcoming ‘Freshly Picked’ season which showcases some of the best theatre and performances from across the country.

The funding will enable the venue to attract high-quality work from in-demand theatremakers, as well as providing opportunities for workshops, mentoring for local artists, and activities for young people from across the city. The award reflects the increasing esteem with which The Carriageworks is regarded, with the theatre gaining critical acclaim for its bold and adventurous programming.

Freshly Picked runs throughout September, October and November and features award winners such as Theatre ad Infinitum, whose Translunar Paradise (Fri 23 Sept) was one of the hits of this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and Operation Greenfield (Fri 28 Oct) from Herald Angel Award Winners Little Bulb.

Other highlights include dance shows such as Last Orders (Tues 27 Sept) from David Hughes Dance, led by one of the UK’s most acclaimed choreographers, who has worked with DV8 Physical Theatre, Rambert Dance Company and Phoenix Dance. Darshan Singh Bhuller began dancing at Harehills Middle School and Intake High School in Leeds, before going on to become the artistic director of Phoenix Dance. His new company will be performing Carravaggio: Exile and Death (Sat 15 Oct).

One of The Carriageworks’ main aims is to nurture theatre-making talent in the region, and a number of artists in the season have strong Leeds connections, including Ellie Harrison, who has created her new one-on-one performance The Reservation (Fri 18 Nov) with the support of the venue, through the Emerge development programme. Ellie will give site-specific performances of the piece at the Queen’s Hotel, along with a showing of her studio show, Etiquette of Grief (Thur 10 Nov).

The past two years have proved extremely successful for the theatre, which has seen an increase of 25 per cent in its audience levels and approximately 50,000 people attending in the last year alone.

General manager at The Carriageworks Martin McInulty said:

"We’re thrilled with the support that the Arts Council England has shown in giving us this grant. The venue has developed enormously in the last few years and it’s great to see it getting this kind of recognition. Freshly Picked is all about bringing exciting and innovative theatre to Leeds. We’re incredibly excited about the shows we have lined up and can’t wait to share them with our audiences.”

For full details of all shows in the season please visit the website at www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk

Notes to editors:

1. Press tickets and interviews available on request. Tickets available from the Box Office on 0113 2243801 or online at www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk.

2. The Carriageworks is a thriving theatre at the heart of Leeds’ Millennium Square. It is a forward-thinking venue that aims to nurture theatre makers and grow the audience for live performance in Leeds and Yorkshire.

3. Shows in the season include:

Daniel Bye – The Price of Everything – Thurs 15 & Fri 16 September
BE Festival – The Best of BE – Sat 17 September
Chloe Bezer – My Grandfather’s Grand Piano & Journey of Songs – Thurs 22 September
Theatre ad Infinitum – Translunar Paradise – Fri 23 September
David Hughes Dance – Last Orders – Thurs 27 September
RedCape Theatre – 1 Beach Road – Sat 8 October
Darshan Singh Bhuller – Caravaggio: Exile and Death – Sat 15 October
Ben Moor – Coelacanth – Thurs 20 October
Unpacked Theatre – Robin and the Big Freeze – Fri 28 October
Little Bulb Theatre – Operation Greenfield – Fri 28 October
Rogue Theatre – The Dancer and the Devil – Sat 29 October

ENDS

For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde, senior communications officer,
Tel 0113 247 5472, email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk