Cast today announces it is to receive £249,670 as part of the government’s £1.57 billion Cultural Recovery package. The fund was created by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to protect the UK’s cultural and heritage sectors from the economic impact of Covid-19.
Cast closed its doors to the Doncaster public in March following the Coronavirus lockdown, with the majority of events in 2020 cancelled or rescheduled to a later date. Today’s news will contribute to the organisation’s continuing survival by providing desperately needed support and will enable a reduced programme to start up before Christmas. The fund will provide support to Cast for the period October 2020 – March 2021.
Director for Cast, Deborah Rees comments:
'We are incredibly pleased to receive this support at such an uncertain time for arts venues. This fund will allow Cast to continue to offer a programme of cultural events in Doncaster, employ our small core team, and to do everything necessary that will allow the theatre to retain its local, regional and national artistic partnerships.'
Despite being unable to open for live performances, Cast has continued to work with local community groups and artists through digital projects, as well as providing arts activities for children and young people throughout the summer holidays.
Tickets for Cast’s reduced season of events during the Autumn are on sale now here.