Riverfront Theatre secures funding after 33 jobs put at risk

Funding has been awarded to a city’s theatre and arts centre to protect jobs and secure its future.

Newport Live, which runs the Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre in Newport, has been awarded £126,770 from the Arts Council of Wales to cover the period until March of next year.

It comes after the future of the theatre was plunged into doubt earlier this week, when it was revealed that 3 3 workers were facing possible redundancy due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The chief executive of Newport Live said the organisation secured the funding from the Arts Council of Wales to “facilitate the delivery of artistic activity for people in Newport”, as well as a further £50,000 to enable the theatre to develop the foyer into a Covid-safe performance space.

While performances at the venue have been cancelled up to March 2021, it is hoped that the Riverfront will be able to reopen soon for classes, workshops, digital productions and as a meeting space.

Steve Ward, chief executive of Newport Live, said: “We are extremely grateful to the Arts Council of Wales for this funding which has helped us to secure the future of the Riverfront and jobs for some of our team.

“We are waiting for the Welsh Government to confirm when the theatre can be re-opened to the public and are working with our partners on alternative approaches for use of the building by Newport Live and other organisations.

“In the meantime, we are seeking to introduce other creative and digital ways to support customers and local artists, to deliver artistic activity and to support wellbeing whilst we are unable to welcome people into the building.”

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