Southwark Playhouse has been given almost £10,000 of funding from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation for its work with young talent across the borough.
The playhouse’s Young Company is set to benefit from a £9,720 grant for its schools work and youth theatre for people aged sixteen to 25, including a free professional workshop programme for students interested in the performing arts.
It is hoped the grants will continue the theatre’s work helping underrepresented groups and those from disadvantaged backgrounds gain theatre experience.
This grant is one of sixteen, totalling a quarter-of-a-million, distributed to projects across the UK by the charitable foundation, announced on Monday.
Lloyd Webber set up the foundation in 1993 to help promote the arts. Since 2011 it has given out more than 20 million.
“Engagement in the arts changes lives. The positive impact of the arts on health, social mobility and wellbeing is now irrefutable,” the Cats and The Phantom of the Opera impresario said.
“I passionately believe that everyone in this country, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, should be able to participate.
“I am thrilled my foundation is able to support projects that widen access, inspire creativity and deliver opportunities.
“Around the country, across the arts, many people are doing brilliant things to unlock talent and empower the next generation to succeed. We are proud to work with them.”