Don’t let the NTC go dark

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sir - Seven (out of hundreds) reasons why NTC should not ‘go dark’.

For the teenage girl who came to an NTC show at a working men’s club with her friends for a laugh, but who stayed to the end, and cried, and left understanding what theatre was about.  

For the little boy who became so involved in the magic of an NTC Christmas play, he stood up in the middle of a scene and told the main character what to do to save the day.  Because he was sitting on a mat at the feet of the actors, he became part of the show.  His magical theatrical experience cost his family £5 and a walk down the street from their home to their village hall. If they had gone to a pantomime in their nearest big city, the transport and ticket costs would have been ten times as much for a much poorer experience. 

For the people of Northumberland who feel pride as their own history is remembered, validated and given meaning, and for audiences everywhere who appreciate the way NTC always find the universal truths and contemporary comparisons beyond that more personal or particular history.  

For the audiences who are challenged by NTC’s innovative productions and new writing commissions.

For the emerging writer who is both nurtured and challenged as she is guided through drafts, workshops and rehearsals with her first commissioned piece.  Her first night may be one of many more as a new talent develops. 

For the actors, stage managers, lighting technicians, directors and costume designers who spend a year on the  Interact scheme and emerge as fully-rounded professionals who are rarely out of work.

For the lights that go in in village halls across the country, and for the lights of hundreds of cars, weaving through narrow lanes as people gather at those halls to watch an NTC production together. If NTC goes dark, all those lights in all those communities will go out too.