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Lung Ha’s Board Statement regarding Creative Scotland’s decision to withdraw the Company’s regular funding

Lung Ha Theatre Company's Board Statement regarding Creative Scotland's decision to withdraw the company's regular funding

Further to Creative Scotland’s recent decision to withdraw Lung Ha Theatre Company from the regular funding process the Board are deeply concerned about the impact this will have on the Company.  The uncertainty that arises puts the structures that support our Members under significant threat and will impact materially the Company’s high creative standards.  We have raised our concerns with Creative Scotland and will work tirelessly for a solution that will allow the Company to continue its work.

We would like to thank all our colleagues and friends for their outstanding support at this time and have been humbled by the widespread depth of feeling and concern expressed, not just to Lung Ha and but across the wider disability arts community.  We acknowledge also that many other of our friends across the Scottish arts sector face similar challenges as a result of the Creative Scotland decisions and we are touched by the solidarity and common purpose that is being shown.

In the midst of this uncertainty and upset we applaud in particular the commitment and professionalism shown by Maria Oller, Michael Fraser, the Company Members and all the production team who are in the middle of rehearsals for our next show, a new version of Anton Chekhov’s classic play Three Sisters by Adrian Osmond, in co-production with the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts (Helsinki, Finland).  “The show must go on!”

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