Tangle today announces that they have been awarded £49,900 from the Arts Council Strategic Touring Fund for virtuoso ensemble Tangle Company to tour three township theatre works to new audiences and non-traditional venues across South West England through their two-year New Landscapes project. Enabling Tangle to offer audiences a fresh performance experience, the project is designed to encourage people of all kinds to grow appreciation and enthusiasm for African Caribbean theatre.
New Landscapes is aimed at rurally isolated localities that have very limited access to professional African Caribbean arts activities. Each tour will enable a range of people living in areas of historic low arts engagement to experience high quality theatre presented in venues very close to them.
With the support of the ACE grant, Tangle Company will rehearse three brand new commissioned works, starting with Paula B Stanic’s poetic piece Steering Through Stars in 2015-16, with each work offering around 20 performances alongside an inspiring programme of online resource activities – Discovery Packs, e-books, case studies and e-newsletters – helping to grow creative conversations over the course of the project.
Anna Coombs, Artistic Director of Tangle: ‘We are very excited to be developing Tangle Company, our skilled performance ensemble who, over the course of our project, will be touring and presenting new poetic and song works to communities across the South West. We are delighted that our application was successful. Tangle has come a long way in the last couple of years and this is a very positive step forward for us‘.
Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England: ‘It’s a great result for the region that Tangle has been awarded this touring grant. Tangle offers an inspirational programme of educational projects, performances and tours and this will give new and often isolated rural audiences the opportunity to see a show right on their doorstep.‘