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Leading critic praises Worthing theatres

Released: Monday, 14 August 2017

Worthing Theatres logo (pink)

One of the UK's leading art critics has lavished praise on Worthing Theatres and the role they play in the cultural life of the town.

Simon Tait is considered a doyen of art criticism having arts policy editor for The Times and correspondent for BBC History Magazine as well as chairing the Critics Circle Arts and Architecture Group.

Now in an influential blog Tait has turned his attention to Worthing and he likes what he sees.

Discussing two new reports that call for fresh thinking on engaging the public with the arts Tait picks Worthing Theatres as a good example:

“The town of Worthing is going through a renaissance after decades of dipping cultural activity in which its four venues were more likely to be dark in the summer months than not,” he writes, “A new head of culture has turned it around, with adroit programming and partnerships across the country.”

“But not content with finding children’s shows, stand-ups, family plays to keep the panto audiences coming all year round, she has seen a gap.”

“Worthing is in the middle of its second Summer of Circus season, not just filling the end of the pier show gap but more. As well as in the Pavilion theatre there are performances in open spaces, and workshops for those who want to have a go.”

He finishes by pointing out that it is local resident more than incomers who are supporting the success of Theatres and by praising Worthing Borough Council, which runs them, for continuing support at a time of financial difficulty.

Head of Culture for Adur & Worthing Councils Amanda O'Reilly, who runs Theatres took over in 2012, said:

“It's nice to be recognised by someone as influential as Simon Tait but it is the people of the borough and beyond who have come to see our shows who have really created the success.”

See also: Worthing Theatres website

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