Scottish Matthew Bourne showcase given go-ahead

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Scottish Matthew Bourne showcase given go-ahead

The future looks bright as Glasgow’s King’s Theatre and Theatre Royal receive funding for a Matthew Bourne showcase. Words: Anna Millar

A new piece of work by dance legend Matthew Bourne will be staged as a result of National Lottery Funding. The King’s Theatre and Theatre Royal have been awarded £265,905 by the Scottish Arts Council (SAC) as part of a £2.5million National Lottery Inspire Fund, which will enable the commissioning of a new piece of theatre by Bourne, to be showcased in 2011. The project is set to develop communications with West Dunbartonshire Council, establishing a new and long term relationship with the theatre and specifically the young men of the area, offering them an opportunity to participate in a quality artistic experience.

Iain Munro, Co-Director of Arts at the Scottish Arts Council said: ‘Each of these projects will create new opportunities for people, who have had few opportunities to experience the arts, to find authentic and meaningful ways to enjoy the best of Scotland’s arts.’

Bourne also talked of his excitement, saying: ‘We have built up over a number of years an excellent relationship with Scottish audiences and we are delighted to have been chosen by Glasgow theatres, and then funded by the SAC, to initiate this unprecedented dance project in Glasgow. To combine the talents of professional dancers and promising young local talent to create an original production, using all of New Adventures world class creative team, is surely unique.’

This will be the first major initiative for his charity Re Bourne, whose principal aim is to expand the accessibility and understanding of dance and theatre and to encourage widespread participation in dance both as participants and audience members. ‘I am particularly happy that this project is aimed at young men and will help to lift the stigma that is still sometimes attached to their involvement in dance’ said Bourne. Richard Wingate, Chief Executive of Glasgow Theatres Ltd, part of the Ambassador Theatre Group who own Theatre Royal and King’s Theatre, added: ‘We are delighted to have been awarded the largest project based award to have been made to any ATG venue to date. Matthew Bourne is an extraordinary choreographer and his involvement in creating a new production heralds a truly exciting period for Theatre Royal, the participants and the dance community at large.’

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