Today Cast announces a full year of events running from January until December 2023 to celebrate being 10 years young. Cast is Doncaster’s theatre and this year will be sharing performances to welcome diverse audiences from across the newly recognised City of Doncaster and beyond. Since opening on 6 September 2013, Cast has sold over 675,000 tickets, welcoming bookers from over 113,000 households. Each year more than 5000 participants take part in Cast activity, independently or through schools and community organisations, and Cast works with more than 20 artists on creative projects.
Highlights for this 10th birthday year include:
Cast will also be sharing an exciting programme of visiting work, including an increased drama offer, with Bouncers (25-28 Jan) by the John Godber Company in association with Cast and Sucker Punch (7-10 Jun) from the National Theatre as part of the Theatre Nation Partnerships programme, bringing more mid-scale drama to regional theatres.
The Cast participation programme continues to grow, with workshops for beginners and experienced writers through Scriptworks, Cast Youth Theatre, Speak Up in schools, Hello Baby Café Mornings and our regular Dementia Friendly Cinemas and Open Days. In addition, the Artist Development programme will establish new associate artists, offer creative workshops and join the Graeae Beyond programme.
More programming to be announced throughout the year.
Cast Digital Commissions are funded by the Weston Culture Fund.
Deborah Rees, Director at Cast said:
"Cast is ten years young and we’re inviting everyone to celebrate. There's so much to be proud of, looking back over the past 10 years, and it’s with those strong foundations that we’re able to share such a dynamic programme this year. This year is filled with exciting local commissions, across the theatre, out in the city, and in virtual reality too. Of course, we also continue our vibrant programme of visiting work from the best UK touring companies with drama, dance, music, comedy and more. We hope that you will support Doncaster’s unique theatre and join us at Cast in celebrating our birthday and Doncaster’s city status.”
Ed Miliband, MP Doncaster North said:
"Cast has achieved so much in its first 10 years, and I am proud to have watched it grow. The team have created so many opportunities for the people of Doncaster to experience brilliant performances on stage, including great drama from local writers, such as Richard Cameron’s Glee Club, to national partnerships with organisations including The Royal Ballet and the National Theatre. These relationships can create life-changing experiences for participants, and through local partnerships with schools and colleges, Cast also creates so many opportunities for children and young people to engage with arts and culture in their city. I cannot wait to see how the next ten years unfolds for this vital theatre within our city.”
Book for the 10th Anniversary Season
Get in touch with Siobhan Halpin our Development Manager to find out how you can support us in our 10th anniversary year: email@example.com
Image: The Doncastrian Chalk Circle, a National Theatre Public Acts and Cast co-production, photography by Anthony Robling