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Venue Receives Vital Funding from HM Government

Posted by Craig Morrow, 17th October 2020, 08:29am

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) is delighted to announce that it has received funding from Round 2 of the Culture Recovery Fund to enable it to continue to deliver its vital work in to 2021. University of Lincoln, which owns and operates this city campus theatre and arts centre, applied for and received over £153,000 to cover a shortfall in income caused by the coronavirus pandemic restrictions, safeguarding local jobs and allowing the venue to begin to rebuild. Artistic Director Craig Morrow said: “I’m ecstatic and hugely relieved by this award as it allows us to support the livelihoods of local people working in a sector that has been ravaged by the coronavirus. It also means we have a safety net to continue to present creative experiences for the people of Lincoln whilst adhering to socially distancing measures, restrictions designed to keep everyone safe but which make producing work very financially challenging. This means more opportunities for outdoor events like our Fire & Light Trail in Lincoln Arboretum on 6 November and our socially distanced Christmas Shows.” —– The Culture Recovery Fund is part of #HereForCulture the HM Government response to coronavirus pandemic: “Culture creates jobs, supports livelihoods, and brings

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Graduate Theatremakers Invited to Create Socially Distanced Christmas Show 2020

Posted by Craig Morrow, 14th September 2020, 10:54am

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre is looking to present a magical new winter themed show for young children (3-7) and their families to be staged Christmas 2020. In light of the current uncertainties facing artists and performers, and our position as champions of creativity and learning within the city, we are offering this commissioning opportunity in the first instance to University of Lincoln Graduates – and the commission consists of mentoring and support to create the piece, a guaranteed fee (plus the potential for additional box-office split), alongside set construction, costumes, full technical and marketing support, and lighting and sound design. Designed to be COVID-safe, with socially distanced practices built in from the start, the commissioned artists will produce a show that responds to one of three potential titles: Pies, Puddings & Presents! Snowday! The Snow Hare in Winter The piece will be performed in Lincoln Performing Arts Centre’s main auditorium space and will be created and performed by a maximum of two artists. The theatre is currently end-on, but can be reconfigured into other seating arrangements, so long as the overall socially distanced capacity is retained. We are open to other models of presentation that preserve overall ticketed capacities such

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Autumn 2020 Season Cancellation Announced

Posted by Craig Morrow, 6th August 2020, 09:54am

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) is announcing that, due to the effects of the ongoing global pandemic, it will not be reopening fully until Spring 2021 at the earliest. This means that all events currently on sale will be either postponed or cancelled, and customers contacted to arrange for exchanges or refunds. Craig Morrow, Artistic Director, said: “It is a heart-breaking decision but one that has become increasingly inevitable as we struggle to reconcile our business with the ongoing impact of COVID-19. Like most venues, LPAC is entirely reliant on ticket sales and traded income to cover the cost of its operations and it is simply not possible to deliver the same scale of activity this year with social distancing in place. Furthermore, the lack of a time table for re-opening from central Government, combined with very real possibility of having to cancel productions in the event of a second wave or local lockdown as we move into the autumn/winter season, makes long term planning particularly precarious, and the level of investment required to produce events such as PopOut Festival or our family Christmas show, are simply too great a risk.” However, this announcement does not mean that Lincoln Performing

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CORONAVIRUS CLOSURE FAQS

Posted by Laura Swain, 8th June 2020, 13:31pm

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre’s operations have been severely affected by the current pandemic and so to help retain our employees and reduce the long-term impact on the venue during a time when we are unable to trade, University of Lincoln has opted to take part in the UK Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention scheme and so has placed its staff on furlough. Upon the staff’s return your enquiry will be answered as soon as possible. We are very grateful for your patience and understanding during this time. Please see FAQ’s below: Is the venue open? – Our building is currently closed until at next Spring. When an official re-opening date has been set our audiences will be contacted as soon as possible. When staff will be returning? – At this stage we cannot confirm when our staff will be returning but you can keep updated with all the goings on at the theatre by signing up to our mailing list here https://lpac.co.uk/mailing-list/ or following on social media. Can I book for future events? – At this time we have had to take many of the Autumn/ Winter season events off sale due to the limited staff capacity and the uncertainty surrounding

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YOUTH THEATRE TO PRODUCE RADIO PLAY

Posted by Craig Morrow, 28th May 2020, 14:40pm

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre’s online youth theatre to record a brand new radio drama. As the uncertainty of the current situation continues, we we can take heart in the resilience, positivity, and creativity of young people. Following the necessary decision to cancel their live performances this summer, rather than be downhearted, our brilliant group of teenagers have come up with a great way to stage their original material – turn it into a radio play. Remote Street is set to be a gripping drama that tells the story of group of young people and their teacher confined to a remote island. Believing that WW3 has ravaged the rest of the world they seek to overcome the trials and tribulations of life in isolation as they unwittingly participate in Sanctuary Studio’s morally questionable reality TV series. Think Made in Chelsea meets the Truman Show.

Venue To Remain Closed Until 31 August 2020

Posted by Craig Morrow, 30th April 2020, 12:59pm

Due to the ongoing global pandemic Lincoln Performing Arts Centre has confirmed the temporary cessation of all venue-based activities has been extended. The stage is set to remain dark until the end of the summer, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre has confirmed, due to the likelihood of ongoing social distancing measures being in force throughout the summer. The venue had previously closed on 16 March for an initial twelve-week period in line with Government advice but as the pandemic has worsened the venue has extended this up until 31 August 2020. All visiting companies and community hirers have been informed and where possible rescheduled. The venue is currently in the process of contact audience members to arrange for a transfer of tickets or a refund. Some audience members have even chosen to donate the value of their tickets, which has been gratefully received. In a statement Artistic Director Craig Morrow said: “The safety and health of all of our staff, visiting companies, artists, and audiences is of the utmost priority. Given the lack of guidance to the live events sector regarding what sort of measures should be in place after Lockdown ends we have decided to acknowledge the likelihood that restrictions

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EARLY BIRD TICKET OFFERS EXTENDED

Posted by Craig Morrow, 17th April 2020, 22:24pm

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre has decided to extend the booking window for its advance ticket offer for both Christmas shows this year. Although Christmas is over half a year away, audiences often like to get their annual festive treat booked into the diary extra early, and to help even more people do so Lincoln Performing Arts Centre has extended its early bird ticket offer until 31 August. Tickets for both productions, a brand new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and Iceberg!, a studio show for younger audiences, have 25% Off all tickets when using promocode EARLYBIRD at the online checkout. A CHRISTMAS CAROL 11-24 December 2020 Four Ghosts are about to take Scrooge on a journey to his past, present and future and open his eyes – and his heart – to the true meaning of Christmas. Join us for this fun, brash and irreverent re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas ghost story. This new adaptation from our Artistic Director Craig Morrow, features new original music from composer Mark Wilde and is an ideal spooky festive treat for all the family. ICEBERG! 16 Dec – 5 January 2021 Once upon a time, in the land far to the north of here,

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Lincoln Performing Arts Centre Moves Online

Posted by Craig Morrow, 2nd April 2020, 11:14am

With the UK currently under Lockdown Lincoln Performing Arts Centre has been been thinking how best we can continue to operate as an arts centre in a virtual space and has begun to publish a special e-newsletter as a starting point for bringing together ideas of how we can stay creative as a community. Inside you’ll find video performance, project updates, and tips on the best culture to view online and where. So if you have a spare few minutes and find yourself looking for something to read in your inbox then we hope our Creative Lockdown Newsletter is a useful diversion. To receive the newsletter visit our mailing list sign up page here.

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre & COVID 19 Temporary Suspension of Activities

Posted by Laura Swain, 17th March 2020, 15:54pm

Following the UK Government announcement on Monday 16 March 2020 to step up measures to fight the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, reinforced by guidance from Arts Council England and UK Theatre/the Society of London Theatre, we have taken the decision to temporarily suspend Lincoln Performing Arts Centre’s programme of events and activities from today, Tuesday 17 March 2020.   We take the health and safety of our audiences, staff, freelance colleagues and partners very seriously and will continue to follow advice from UK Government as it is issued.   At this stage, we do not know how long the suspension of our programme will last. However, the rest of our published season up to and including Sunday 7 June will be postponed or cancelled; events after this date are currently going ahead on a case by case basis. During this time our Box Office, cafe bar, studios and FOH areas will also be closed for public access.   If you have already booked a ticket for performance or workshop coming up in the next few months, our box office staff will be getting in contact with you in due course.  Due to the volume of communication we are asking customers not to contact

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FLIGHT | “A Simulator of Multiple Outcomes”

Posted by Laura Swain, 9th September 2019, 13:35pm

Artists David Rosenberg and Glen Neath have been making work together on and off since 2011.  In 2016 they invited producer Andrea Salazar to work with them on creating a series of dark shipping container shows, using immersive experiences to explore fear and anxiety and DARKFIELD was born. We spoke with Glen Neath about DARKFIELD’s latest touring container show FLIGHT and the inspiration behind it. LPAC: DARKFIELD are at the forefront of using binaural 360 degree sound in theatre but where do they get their ideas from? Neath: Well, the shows always grow out of our policy of placing each audience member at the centre of the experience. We then explore ideas that suit our use of darkness as a tool to free the imagination. For instance, FLIGHT began out of our desire to put an audience on a replica aeroplane. And that gave us a license to have some fun with the fears and anxieties around flying. LPAC: But despite the sensory effects FLIGHT is definitely no flight-simulator? Neath: No, not in a traditional sense, although audiences really do feel like they are taking off, this is more a simulator of multiple outcomes. In making the show, we read

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