Theatr Brycheiniog is a registered charity and the primary performing arts provider in Powys hosting an eclectic programme of work. Under the direction of our recently appointed new Chief Executive we are embarking on an exciting new phase of development which will include a significant refurbishment programme and investment in a number of new areas of our work. In September 2015, following the Investment Review, Arts Council Wales confirmed that Theatr Brycheiniog would remain a Member of Arts Portfolio Wales, as one of their regularly funded organisations.
Opened in April 1997, as the first wholly funded Lottery new build arts organisation in Britain, Theatr Brycheiniog houses a 470 seat auditorium, waterfront bistro, bar gallery and rehearsal studio.
New Developments It is planned to introduce new programming strands in 2015-2019 as follows: Digital We will develop the potential for live streaming of alternative content of high quality arts events which will increase accessibility to the arts and income streams. The current lease with Powys County Council does not allow for film screening but does not preclude live streaming of alternative contents. This will require additional fundraising to ensure that we have compliant equipment and staff training to provide exemplary experiences, market analysis and also discussion with the local cinema management to avoid diary clashes. We will also further investigate the feasibility for broadcast from the theatre including IP, contractual agreements, equipment cost and market demand. Creative Learning through the Arts This programme will be launched by ACW in 2015 and we will work with local and regional schools, professional artists and performers to develop a programme of work with schools and project for “Experiencing the Arts” with a view to applying for funding in autumn 2015. Building development In the next three years a programme of capital repairs as identified by the Building Condition Survey will require to be undertaken as well as the renegotiation of the lease of the building from Powys County Council. PCC have indicated that there may be the opportunity for a community asset transfer of the building. This will require close examination in consultation with ACW and PCC to ensure that it is feasible for Theatr Brycheiniog to take over the ownership on behalf of the community and that the building is handed over in full repair.