Get Your Wigle On is to benefit from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Our application has been successful and we are delighted to be able to get to work on some exciting projects and make investments to our studio to keep bringing first class arts training to Shropshire! 

Get Your Wigle On is to receive £142,000 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

 

  • Get Your Wigle On among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund 

 

  • This award will allow the company to reopen their studio doors and work towards a mixture of live and streamed performances over the coming months. 

 

Get Your Wigle On Theatre Company in Shrewsbury has received a grant of £142,000 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen. 

 

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Get Your Wigle On in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

 

The funding will be used to make improvements to their current dance studio that is situated in the heart of Shrewsbury’s town centre. These funds will also go towards a variety of musical summer projects. A streamed musical theatre concert and filmed version of the musical Annie will kickstart their summer season. This will be followed by a return to live performances at Theatre Severn from June with productions of We Will Rock You, Moana and more!  

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead. 

 

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

 

“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they've ever faced.

 

Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors - helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead."

 

Company director Ross Wigley, said: ‘This funding has given us a huge lifeline and will provide us with an opportunity to return to a pre-covid standard of productions. We are thrilled to have been successful and look forward to using this funding to further improve our facilities and provide fantastic opportunities for all of our members. We will also be able to invest in equipment that will expand our current offerings. This funding has secured the future of our fabulous theatre company meaning we will be able to welcome lots of new members who will also benefit from this investment for years to come. We look forward to reopening our doors and returning to the stage.’

 

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:

 

“Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work.  

 

We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”

 

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.  

take a look at what this funding will be used towards

Our first live production to be staged in over twelve months... We Will Rock You is the perfect way to bring theatre back to life in Shrewsbury. Featuring our talented teen cast - this musical will have some social distancing measures across the production. Tickets are limited and early booking is advisable!

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We will be pulling out all of the stops with our socially distanced filmed performance of this amazing musical. The final result will be streamed in June and we will be inviting audiences to donate what they wish to a chosen charity instead of charging for tickets. Full information on streaming date and how you can watch is to be announced in May. 

Our Aladdin cast will reunite in the studio for a four week fun filming project to record their hard work and amazing talents. These videos are being filmed and edited by Painted Life Productions and will be a special memory of what would have been an incredible show. The sessions will all be free of charge and the songs will be the star attraction of our musical concert!

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Get the popcorn out and make your favourite drinks as Get Your Wigle On comes in to your living rooms with our biggest concert EVER! This amazing showcase will feature members of all ages. It will contain some performances from shows that were unable to take to the stage, previews of future performances and some EXTRA special songs that we are going to keep secret!

Full information on how to stream this concert for FREE will be available soon.

STREAMING TO TAKE PLACE IN MAY

Unfortunately our production of Hunchback of Notre Dame is another show that has fallen victim to COVID19. Our adult cast and a FULL orchestra will take to the Theatre Severn stage to record some show stopping musical numbers unlike any other we have attempted. We will be opening up spaces to members and will have more information in the weeks to come. Be sure to keep a look out.

 

Video will make its debut showing at the end of June

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We are still busy coming up with the best plans for this but want to try and ensure there is a performance of some of the children's work before the end of the academic year. There are members unable to continue with the session in September and we will be unable to accommodate the session in our timetable in September. 

 

We will be communicating our plans over the next week or two and hope to see the cast members back in rehearsals the first week of term.

 

We are also keen to find some more female witches for the selected scenes, so new member interest can be registered by emailing info@wigles.co.uk. 

We are thrilled to be welcoming some awesome guests from the West End to carry out some amazing workshops over the coming months.

We will be announcing full information on these in the coming weeks, including how to book on. There will only be a small charge to book on as these workshops will be mostly financed by the grant.

FULL INFORMATION TO COME IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS

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Take a look at what investments we will be making to our studio over the coming months by clicking on the link below.

We are thrilled to be able to establish and cement our future and look forward to another awesome 10 years! 

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