Aiming High for Children and Young People

13 Nov 2018

We're thrilled to announce that we've received a Small Capital Grant from Arts Council England to invest in building and equipment.

M6 Theatre will receive £185,000 to improve facilities including an upgraded stair lift to make the venue more accessible to audiences and artists. New container cabins will create more set storage facilities and additional creative space to meet the increased demand for our participatory programme. M6’s youth theatre and outreach groups develop local young creatives currently under-represented in the sector and the money will provide a state of the art platform to develop and share their skills more widely.

Critical infrastructure developments will help futureproof the company, keeping pace with and in some cases, setting the pace, of digital and environmental advances. M6 will also be able to continue its pledge to make energy efficiencies with the purchase of a greener touring van. The company travels all over the UK and into Europe with critically acclaimed shows for young people and families and the van will help reduce its carbon footprint.

Digital improvements will be made including an archive of M6 Theatre’s impressive 41-year history, from our Theatre in Education roots to one of the country’s leading touring theatre companies. A new website will also be created to help increase engagement to schools, venues and audiences within and beyond the borough of Rochdale.

Deborah Palmer, Managing Director and CEO of M6 Theatre said:

“We are really over the moon that Arts Council England have backed M6’s ambitious Aiming High project.

In our 40th birthday year, M6 achieved record levels of excellent live audience and participant engagement alongside reaching new audiences through film projects, and demand continues to grow locally, nationally and internationally.  

This investment in technical/touring assets, digital communications infrastructure and additional accessible creative space is key to our continued evolution, ensuring that M6 has the potential to reach, engage and hopefully inspire as many diverse children, young people and families as possible and to fly the flag for great art for everyone, far beyond our Rochdale home.”

Editor’s Notes
Founded in 1977 and based in Rochdale, M6 Theatre Company is acknowledged as one of Britain’s leading touring theatre companies specialising in creating and delivering high quality theatre for and by children and young people. Core values of equality, diversity and inclusion are central to all M6's work, driven by a passionate belief in the unique power of great theatre to enrich and transform young lives.

Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.