Sunday, 14 February 2016

Millom theatre boss in funding bid to build on success

A THRIVING theatre has mounted a search for funding in a bid to create jobs.

The Beggar’s Theatre in Millom was opened in 2009 by Jakki Moore, who runs the enterprise single-handedly.

After almost three years in business the theatre has played host top comics including Ed Byrne, Bill Bailey and Omid Djalili.

But after organising dozens of youth groups and helping to reinstate Millom Carnival, Ms Moore has been left strapped for time.

She said: “We’re looking to try and expand and take some staff on. Last year got so busy – it’s time to take stock and take things seriously.”

The entrepreneur said she was pursuing potential funders which could help the venue take on staff to help with the day-to-day running of the venue.

Ms Moore said: “There’s so much going on with the young people’s stuff, the theatre and the carnival this year. It’s massive.”

She said she was keen to take on staff to help bolster the theatre’s reputation but securing funding would be vital.

In an email to the theatre’s mailing list Ms Moore said: “I have spent a lot of time travelling around Cumbria in meetings with funders, other artists and arts organisations to discuss the future of both Moore Arts and The Beggar’s.

“Funding is extremely tight now and is about to get even tighter and we are getting bigger and more successful with both of our strands of the company.

“I didn’t expect to be this successful so quickly and it is down to you, Millom, and other audience members from around the country.

“So, now we need to look higher and move up a few more rungs of the ladder, which means looking at actual staff.”

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