Thursday, July 14, 2005

Plug pulled on black theatre plan

Plans to build the UK's first black theatre centre have stalled after millions of pounds worth of essential funding was pulled by the Arts Council.

The organisation said it withdrew £4m from the Talawa Theatre company's scheme due to "organisational weakness and financial viability".

Talawa, which has been in existence for 21 years, said they were "disappointed and dismayed" with the decision.

The Arts council say they will redirect the funds to help black theatre.

A report into the best way of funding a theatre in the future has been commissioned by the organisation.
More from BBC News.

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