Arts Council England has provided £2.1 million to the Ramps on the Moon consortium to help improve inclusivity and diversity within the arts.
Giving deaf and disabled performers and creatives a platform to perform in mid-large scale touring productions is an absolutely fantastic cause and it’s incredible a Leeds theatre has taken such a bold and important step towards helping the movement.
The consortium venues are New Wolsey Theatre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Nottingham Playhouse, Sheffield Theatres, Theatre Royal Stratford East and Graeae Theatre Company. What superstars!
Tommy, which ran at West Yorkshire Playhouse last year, was the most recent Ramps on the Moon production. The next production will be Our Country’s Good, playing from Wednesday 11 April at West Yorkshire Playhouse.
West Yorkshire Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining said: “We’re thrilled that our Ramps on the Moon partnership has secured this vital funding, allowing us to continue our mission to bring change and equality to our industry. This ground-breaking project championing integration not only breaks down barriers, but ensures there are opportunities for all to realise their ambitions.”
Visit the West Yorkshire Playhouse website for more information.