Maltings hope funding can transform studio

The Maltings theatre in Berwick will learn today (Thursday) whether or not it has been successful in a £78,000 bid to the LEADER European funding stream for improvements to the Henry Travers Studio in the theatre.

If the bid succeeds, the studio will be transformed into a black box studio theatre and cinema, with a new Harlequin-made floor, retractable seating, new lighting and sound rig, new black-out curtains, and a new projector and screen.

The work, which will be completed as soon as funding becomes available, will mean the studio can be used for small- to mid-scale touring music, theatre and dance, as well as digital cinema screenings. It will also enhance the facilities available to the many local groups who use the space.

The new flooring will eliminate some of the noise transference which currently means that the studio and the main house theatre cannot be used simultaneously.

The addition of retractable seating will meant the studio can be used regularly for films throughout the week, consolidating The Maltings position as one of the north east’s leading independent cinemas.

“The creation of a new performance and cinema space like this will result in The Maltings becoming one of the best equipped mid-scale theatres in the north of England,” said Maltings chief executive and artistic director Miles Gregory.

“And while of course we hope that LEADER will support this exciting development, we are determined to ensure this project goes ahead in the near future regardless of the decision.”