Badapple Theatre has secured emergency funding from Arts Council England to develop a new podcast series developed after cancelling their spring tour as the pandemic took hold.

The company based in Green Hammerton near York were due to mark their 21st year touring rural venues across the UK with a new production, Elephant Rock.

The company’s mission statement ‘Theatre on Your Doorstep’ has now been reworked to ‘Theatre on Your Desktop’, and they have already released series one of their free podcast Back to the Land Girls.

The funding will also be used to adapt a number of their previous plays into podcast series as well as commissioning three new short plays they hope will resonate with the company’s core rural audiences.

“Our audiences are always at the heart of what we do and we hope this will find new ways for us to connect with and support them and our partner creatives,” says Artistic Director Kate Bramley.

“We also recognise that the skills learned and outcomes of this ‘pilot’ could re-define the way we work more successfully over the coming decade. The project will provide work to a number of Yorkshire based freelance actors, writers and professionals and funding will also be used to provide virtual sessions to the company’s Youth Theatre groups.”

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