The British National Lottery And The New Forest Arts Scene

The UK lottery draw funds arts projects throughout the United Kingdom. One area of England presently profiting from the largesse of the British National Lottery is the New Forest in southern Hampshire.

The Forest Forge Theatre Company has been in existence for more than 30 years lottery sambad . From its base in a purpose built base in Ringwood, Hampshire, the Forest Forge group radiates out to village halls, art centres, schools and theatres in the vicinity to entertain and inspire audiences with at least three new productions each year.

During January 2012, for example, the team is presenting a special production of an adaptation of E. Nesbit’s novel, the Phoenix and the Carpet. The audience will be comprised specifically of disabled children and their families.

At the end of November 2011 the Forest Forge Theatre Company received a grant of £80,000 from the British National Lottery for their Bloom Project. This will take place later this year and will involve the company travelling around Hampshire to seven varied venues. They will base themselves in each base for a week, presenting events and short scenes in public spaces before culminating in a new play written for the project. The play closing each of the events financed by the British National Lottery will be written by Dinos Aristidou and will have a gardening theme.

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