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Scottish drama would benefit from new Council scheme Words: Mark Fisher

he Scottish Arts Councrl has

backed proposals to establish a

Scottish National Theatre. but has upped the stakes by arguing for more money to be pumped into the theatre sector at large. The (:Ouncrl is to “put a strong case' to the Scottish ExeCuIive to back not only the National Theatre proposal at a cost of €0.5m rrs:ng to nearly 82m over the next fOur years. but also to fund an increase of between it .2m and €2.5m per year for drama as a whole.

James BOer. the Scottish Arts

CounCrl's recently appOrnted chairman,

said: 'The recent repon on proposals for

a Scottish National Theatre confirmed that its success depends on greater Investment in the current provrSion of

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drama a view we have always supported, Therefore we seek to ra.se drama across Scotland to the International standard required fora first- rate Scottish National Theatre whrch will be a credit to Scotland and its people.. The Scottish National Theatre will have neither a building nor a permanent company. but will represent. develop and promote the exrsting theatre industry. The arm would be to commission a range of artists and companies to produce excellent work. draxvrng on an infrastructure strengthened by the additional funding. John Scott lvloncrrett. chair of the drama committee. said: "I know we have come up with a practical and achievable plan that will make a real difference to drama

in Scotland.’

The bid is part of the SAC's overall bid for 534m extra funding to meet the targets of the Scottish ExeCutrve‘s National Cultural Strategy. as reported in The List last September.

Meanwhile. the SAC has awarded lottery grants of nearly {Sm to theatres rn Aberdeen. Dundee and Narrn. The largest grant of St 856.000 Will go to Hrs Majestys Theatre. Aberdeen, for the construction of a five-level extenSion, incorporating a rehearsal space. a foyer wrth cafe, restaurant and dressing rooms. Dundee Rep rs to get 8660.000 for a purpose-built studio for the Scottish Dance Theatre. and Nairn Drama is in line for 8320.000 to renovate its theatre and extend its activities.



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