Lottery windfall joy for theatre

The Tramshed group celebrate the windfall.
The Tramshed group celebrate the windfall.
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DRAMATIC youngsters are celebrating being able to tread the boards after scooping vital cash to stage an original musical.

Bispham-based Tramshed Theatre Company has been handed a £10,000 lottery boost - and they are set to use the money to make their theatre productions even more accessible.

The group, which is open to all adults and children regardless of disability, is not the only Fylde coast charity which is celebrating, after Fylde, Wyre and Blackpool Death Children’s Society’s (FDCS) Sign Hi Say Hi scheme also received almost £10,000.

The cash has come from the Health Lottery, and Zac Hackett, arts team co-ordinator at Tramshed, said the money would make a real difference to its young performers.

He said: “In the current financial climate it has become increasingly more difficult to secure funding for our up and coming projects and this wonderful news comes at a really critical time.

“With the funding given, TramShed plan to create further inclusive performing arts opportunities for any individual wishing to take part.

“We will be staging a Christmas Production at Thornton Little Theatre on December 14 and 15 and many of the expensive elements involved with a production of this scale will be covered by the lottery.

“We will also be able to buy some theatre based equipment needed. The funding provided will give many opportunities for our local community and allow each individual involved to reach their full potential and achieve great things.”

Tramshed received a total of £9,984, while FDCS was handed £9,987 from the Healthy Communities Small Grants Programme.

FDCS’ Sign Hi, Say Hi scheme is based at Highfield Humanities College, in South Shore, and was set up by parents of deaf children to help other families learn essential sign language skills.

It plans to use the money to fund its fortnightly drop-in sessions for deaf youngsters and their parents, grandparents and siblings, which offer sports development, arts and crafts, parent to parent support and sign language classes.

The project will take place over eight months and will benefit over 400 people.

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