The Barn Theatre Trust are set to benefit from a £49,420 grant from Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK.
The Barn Theatre Studio Project, based in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Cultural Facilities theme. The project will extend, renovate and equip an existing room within the Barn Theatre providing a second theatre at the Barn.
The new studio theatre will be flexible, allowing in-house productions, a rehearsal space and will be equipped as a technical theatre training facility to encourage people, especially the young, to gain valuable skills within the many technical aspects of theatre productions including light and sound engineering. Most importantly the new studio will increase its capacity to work with more young people from all walks of life, encouraging and nurturing their interest in all aspect of the theatre.
The project will increase the ability to put on additional productions and performances, increase the variety of productions and attracting new audiences. The Barn Theatre is the principal theatre in Welwyn Garden City and it is estimated that the annual footfall will increase from 11,500 to 35,000 plus, through the completion of the second theatre.
Nigel Rive, Chairman, Barn Theatre Club said:
“The development of our studio is essential for our vibrant youth group who did not have sufficient space to develop their skills, and the fact that we now have sufficient funds to extend it is a blessing for the Club. We are indebted to our sponsors and especially to the Biffa Award for making this possible.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“We’re pleased to support projects like this one at The Barn Theatre Trust, because they aim to improve the quality of facilities for the local community, as well as increasing the capacity to work with more people.”