Warts and All Theatre receives lifeline grant from Government’s

£1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

 Warts and All Theatre awarded £98K as part of the Government’s £1.57 bn
Culture Recovery Fund
 Grant secures Warts and All Theatre’s programme, benefitting more young
people across communities in the Midlands
 Warts and All Theatre one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations
across the country receiving urgently needed support

Leading Midlands young person’s theatre company, Warts and All Theatre (WAAT)
has been awarded £98K as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery
Fund (CRF), to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, and ensure
that they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today.

Christopher Elmer-Gorry, Artistic Director and CEO of Warts and All Theatre said:
“This funding is about more than Warts and All Theatre as a theatre company. It’s
about the communities we will continue to work with, and the young people that
will thrive as a result of our activity throughout the pandemic and into the future.
I’m thrilled to accept this essential funding on behalf of those people for whom
Warts and All Theatre has been their rock during the last eight months, but also for
the company’s committed team who have worked so hard over this difficult
period. This funding is an absolute lifeline which gives our company the chance to

breathe and focus on what’s important, the participation of young people in
theatrical experiences which will continue to allow them to speak their truth, with
their own voices, so that they can grow, develop and flourish during these times.”

Andrew Lewer MBE, MP for Northampton South added, “I am delighted that Warts
and All Theatre will receive these vital funds from DCMS to continue their great
work across Northamptonshire. It’s true recognition of the work they do with
children, young people and members of our community. A much needed lifeline for
culture in the county.”

Founded in 2016 by Artistic Director and CEO Christopher Elmer-Gorry, WAAT is
now recognised as the leading young person’s theatre company in the Midlands.
Based at Delapré Abbey in Northampton, but with programmes also in
Wellingborough and Coventry, WAAT aims to make powerful theatre that is co-
created by actors, producers and audiences, giving everyone a voice.

During lockdown WAAT continued to deliver programmes for young people which
allowed a space for Young Actors across Northampton, Wellingborough and
Coventry to connect and belong in a period of uncertainty, demonstrating the
company’s commitment to continuing to working with, and supporting its young
participants. As part of this programme, the company hosted a series of online
Q&A and Masterclass sessions with a host of nationally recognised artists including:
Benjamin Zephaniah, Julie Walters, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Adrian Lester and Fiona

Warts and All Theatre is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across
the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has
been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund
grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of
funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the
coming weeks.


Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:

“This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural
organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places,
save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery.

“These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the
country. This unprecedented investment in the arts is proof that this government is
here for culture, with further support to come in the days and weeks ahead so that
the culture sector can bounce back strongly.”

Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said:

“Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to
people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will
save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international
audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to
support our sector during these challenging times.”