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Newark’s Palace Theatre's 100th year marked with launch of Our Past, Your Future fund

The centenary of Newark’s Palace Theatre is to be marked with the launch of a fund to help create stars of the future.

The Our Past, Your Future fund will be used to give grants to local young people who aspire to a career in the arts, whether acting or behind the scenes.

It was launched at a Twenties-themed event at the Palace on Friday at the start of the year of celebrations.

LUCY JONES poses outside Palace Theatre with a 1920s Austin 7 Chummy. (27836673)
LUCY JONES poses outside Palace Theatre with a 1920s Austin 7 Chummy. (27836673)

Young people will be able to apply for bursaries from the fund, which could be used to pay for placements in performance, technical, digital, set-building, script writing and more.

“For our centenary year, we are so excited to introduce a new legacy pot, the Our Past, Your Future Fund,” said the theatre’s business manager Carys Coulton-Jones.

“We are launching this fund as a celebration, and a thank you to our local community.”

The Palace Theatre will be committing proceeds to the fund from special centenary events, as well as collecting contributions from visitors and launching a seat sponsorship scheme.

Local young people can then apply to the fund to help support their arts learning and development.

Carys said: “We want the fund to have a lasting legacy, and that’s why our fundraising isn’t restricted to this year alone.”

As part of the scheme, people who receive grants and pursue a career in the arts will then be encouraged to return to the theatre and pass on their knowledge to encourage other young people to follow in their footsteps.

Palace Theatre team member Harriet Grace added: “People love the venue and we would like more people to experience it.

“We want young people to go off and be successful and then come back to us. We hope it will be a self-fuelling cycle.”

To read more about the Palace centenary celebrations, see pages 36 and 37 of this week's Advertiser.

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