- Date: 9 October 2009
- Artform: Theatre
- Region: South West
Coordinated by TheatreWorks and with £28,000 of funding from Arts Council England, South West, Connect 4 sought to enhance the profile and awareness of theatrical activity across the county, brokering sustainable partnerships between organisations and creating ten new partnership hubs. Each hub consists of a professional theatre organisation (venue or company), a school or college, a youth theatre and a voluntary company. Connect 4 was also supported by Wiltshire County Council and Swindon Borough as well as the participating organisations.
How did Connect 4 work?
Taking 'Connection‘ as its theme, the project had three distinct phases:
Connect 4 is an example of partnership working that embodies the Arts Council’s national theatre policy, launched in 2000. It exemplifies what Arts Council England, South West, wished to achieve in the renaissance of theatre in the region addressing such issues as developing new ways of working, integrating theatre and education and attracting more people to attend theatrical performances.
Claire Smith, Connect 4 coordinator said ’The project was very successful in terms of the breadth of performances and performers involved. Connect 4 linked parts of the county that hadn’t worked together before and people began to see the advantages of working together instead of in isolation. They learnt who they needed to talk to, to make things happen.‘
TheatreWorks, based at the University of Bath in Swindon, was founded in 2004 as a unique response to the Locality Plan’s requirements to create a strategic theatre plan for Swindon and Wiltshire. For further information about their work visit www.theatreworks.org.uk