NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE has been awarded a three-year grant totalling £42,000 to help more young people gain qualifications in the arts, grow in confidence and learn new skills through its SHINE community youth theatre programme.


Funds awarded from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme will contribute to delivering four youth theatres based in Bramcote, Chilwell, Mansfield and Netherfield as well as a new youth theatre for learning disabled children that will be established in conjunction with local charity A Place to Call Our Own (APTCOO).

The SHINE appeal creates and sustains free community youth theatres for children aged eight to 16-years-old from low-income families, who otherwise would be unable to take part in performing arts activities.

Carol Burkitt, CEO of APTCOO said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with SHINE! APTCOO young people will thoroughly enjoy the drama, learning and therapeutic value of taking part in a live theatre production; exploring and developing creative and performance skills together with building on their self-confidence and social skills.

Thank you on behalf of all at APTCOO for the opportunity.”

Stephanie Sirr, Chief Executive of Nottingham Playhouse said: “As a charity, we rely on the generous donations from our audience members and partners and we’re very grateful to Nottinghamshire County Council for this investment in young people and the arts. We know how valuable SHINE has been to hundreds of youngsters since it was launched in 2015 in helping them develop confidence and life skills as well as make new friends.

Councillor Gordon Wheeler, Vice-Chairman of the Communities and Place Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council, which manages the Local Improvement Scheme, said: “We are very pleased that we have been able to support such a worthwhile project. 

“The Local Improvement Scheme provides targeted financial support for community organisations to deliver the Council’s priorities to make Nottinghamshire a great place to live, work, visit and relax and we were very impressed with SHINE’s objectives to help children grow and develop creatively.”

Councillor Dr John Doddy supported the application as a local member and said: “This is a very important project. SHINE will empower around 160 children and young people proving that Nottinghamshire is a great place to fulfil their ambitions through drama led intervention. It will help them to increase their confidence, develop their employability skills, reach their potential and achieve a nationally recognised qualification.”

SHINE community youth theatres were set up in 2015 and currently run in Bulwell, Sneinton and at the hospital school at the Queens Medical Centre as well as Bramcote, Chilwell, Mansfield and Netherfield.

Through donations to the SHINE appeal, £25 will cover the costs of a workshop assistant (who will be trained to become a workshop leader) for two sessions, £100 will buy the workshop materials needed for an entire year and £200 will fund one youth theatre workshop for up 30 young people.

For more information and to donate to the appeal, visit

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