Lottery award for Nottingham Playhouse

Published: 20 March 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Nottingham Playhouse has been awarded £38,755 by the Big Lottery Fund to support the work of its In House theatre group which provides a creative space for people who have experienced homelessness, mental health issues or substance abuse.

The group, which has been going since 2016, gives people the opportunity to learn more about performing arts while building confidence and well-being.

Manya Benenson, participation specialist at Nottingham Playhouse, said, “over the past few years it’s been truly wonderful to see members of In House express themselves through performing arts. They’ve become a committed and ambitious theatre company who share performances with friends, family and the public. The work is a great example of how theatre can help people to find themselves and build a new community.

“We’re thrilled to have received this money from the Big Lottery Fund because it’ll enable us to continue the work, develop what we’ve been doing and bring people and communities together through theatre.”

The money will be spread over the next three years. It means at least 90 people will be able to share their productions with hundreds of new audience members.

Sessions run every Tuesday although they have been suspended during the coronavirus outbreak. Further information is available at the Nottingham Playhouse web site.