Campaigners’ plea for arts specialist

A CAMPAIGN group hoping to keep The Dukes theatre’s in-house productions running has called on the city council to appoint a specialist arts officer.

Dukes bosses feared the theatre would only be able to finance two in-house productions per year, instead of five, after £100,000 was slashed from its 2011/12 budget.

Almost £80,000 of this was a funding cut by Arts Council England, with a further £10,000 reduction from Lancashire County Council and an £8,000 cut by Lancaster City Council.

However, the campaign group has been working hard in the last few months to raise awareness of the issue and find ways to ensure the shows continue to thrive.

Peter Rylands, speaking on behalf of the campaign, said: “In a meeting with the Arts Council we received assurances that they fully support in-house production at the Dukes and wish to see that continue and thrive.”

See the Lancaster Guardian (06-10-11) for full story.