A massive thank-you to Arts Council England! In August I was awarded Project Grant funding to research and develop a new theatre script focusing on what it’s like to be a young person living in rural Suffolk. When Project Grants closed, it was a bit of a blow. As an independent freelance producer, it was one of the few funding streams available to me as an individual creative practitioner. So, all credit to ACE for opening-up and turning around applications so speedily. I’m delighted to say that this financial support will give work to a fantastic group of young freelance theatre-makers and actors including Ipswich-based playwright Martha Loader and Peterborough-based director Scott Hurran. But, what’s equally important and exciting is…this project (‘Stow and Tell’) will allow us to work with young people at The Mix in Stowmarket over a three-month period and actively involve them in all aspects of the theatre-making process. With additional investment from Suffolk County Council and in-kind support from the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, Bury Theatre Royal, Eastern Angles and The Garage, the ‘Stow and Tell’ project will culminate in two public performances in Stowmarket on January 15th and 16th 2021. More info to follow…..!