Today it has been announced that the Octagon Theatre Bolton will receive £614,000 per year between 2018-2022 in the Arts Council England National Portfolio.
Chief Executive of the Octagon Theatre Bolton Roddy Gauld says:
"We are absolutely delighted that we're receiving over £2.4m from Arts Council England. Although most of our income comes through box office sales, we're a charity and funding makes a vital difference. This grant gives us a bedrock to plan ahead. It means we can present adventurous new productions, keep ticket prices low, and continue to work with young people, schools and the community. For fifty years now we've proudly made theatre here in Bolton, and this funding will mean that locally made productions can continue.
Over the last few years we've made a real effort to reach new audiences, and this is now set to continue. We'll be doing more work with the community and we'll be doing more shows out of the building, and we have exciting new plays in the pipeline.
Grants like this are very competitive, so it's a real mark of quality that we've been successful, and an incredible vote of confidence for the Octagon team. They're an incredibly talented and hard-working community of creatives, staff and volunteers, and everybody is thrilled at the news."
The Arts Council England website states:
"The National Portfolio includes organisations across England of all sizes and scales, with museums and libraries coming into the portfolio for the first time. Some organisations are well-established nationally or internationally, like the Royal Shakespeare Company, the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, the Royal Philharmonic and theatre company Punchdrunk.
"We’ve focused on ensuring that this is a diverse portfolio that will produce work relevant to the world we live in, as well as supporting fresh talent and artists from many different backgrounds and representing different perspectives. The arts, and society generally, urgently need to draw on the huge resources of our national diversity."