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National Theatre hope highlighted by report

By West Briton  |  Posted: February 02, 2012

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A NATIONAL Theatre of Cornwall could be one of the projects created as part of an ambitious five-year culture strategy which has been drawn up by Cornwall Council.

The white paper, which was adopted by the council's Cabinet last week, sets out how it plans to support the culture sector.

The strategy sees ten key projects as the main focus of increasing cultural opportunities in Cornwall.

The document said of the national theatre idea: "This brings together Hall for Cornwall, Eden, Dartington, Kneehigh and WildWorks with an aim to work collaboratively with the best companies and individuals to produce and tour world-class theatre for all.

"This idea borrows from the hugely successful National Theatres of Scotland and Wales – both have created ambitious, non-venue based theatre programmes that produce internationally acclaimed work in unusual places."

Other projects in the report include an extension to the Tate in St Ives, a new archive centre for Cornwall, and a Cornwall Visual Arts programme.

The council hopes to increase participation in cultural activity, and residents' satisfaction levels with cultural services, by 10 per cent.

The council is also looking to increase turnover in the cultural sector by 15 per cent in five years and create 1,200 jobs.

The final version of the strategy is set to be published later this month.

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  • davetnt  |  February 03 2012, 1:42PM

    Will the Council have the balls to use the word "national" though? Or will it be so lacking in confidence it'll drop it by the fifth consultation?

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