In an exciting development for the company, starting on 1st September 2011 Studsvik has entered into a sponsorship deal with Theatre by the Lake, supporting their Carnegie Youth Theatre operation in Workington. Building on our existing support and work in the community, including sponsorships of Workington Cricket Club and Cumbrian Wildlife Trust, developing a schools education hub, participation in local business clusters and other adhoc activities, this sponsorship demonstrates the company’s commitment to the local West Cumbrian community.
TBTL is a registered charity (Cumbria Theatre Trust) and not-for-profit company which opened in 1999 in Keswick. It is England’s most remote producing theatre; it home-produces eight or nine plays a year, hosts festivals of literature, film and jazz, and welcomes visiting touring theatre, music and dance companies. It presents more than 600 performances annually in its two auditoria and last year played to 130,000 customers. TBTL is open year round, with 70 FTE employees (rising to 100 at peak times) and is supported by 170 volunteers and 2,000 ‘Friends’.
The Carnegie Youth Theatre was established in September 2010 by TBTL. It started with four members and is now running at capacity with 27 members. The Youth Theatre is aimed at young people aged 10-14 in the Workington area and is delivered by two experienced theatre practitioners.
The vision is to deliver youth theatre as part of a wider systematic strategy of arts engagement that aims to generate young creative thinkers and future community leaders.
Studsvik has entered into a 12 month sponsorship with the Theatre and have enabled them to keep the Youth Theatre group going in 2011 and into 2012. We believe that is an exciting new way to support the community and to reach the younger generation.