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e Arts Council of Wales has announced today (Tuesday 6 December) that the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff’s only producing theatre and Sgript Cymru, Wales’s national company for new writing have agreed to enter into talks to examine the potential of a formal merger between the two organisations.  The Boards of both Companies believe that the potential merger could offer artists and audiences in Cardiff and across Wales a unique opportunity to make and experience a broad range of the highest quality home-produced theatre in both the English and Welsh languages.

The Arts Council of Wales is strongly supportive of the talks, which will respect the aims and artistic visions of both parties and which, if successful, will lead to enhanced opportunities for artists, audiences and participants.

The Sherman Theatre has recently been awarded Arts Council Lottery funding to enable it to complete the detailed design stage of its major capital project, which envisages a complete refurbishment of the theatre together with the provision of studio and rehearsal space, educational facilities and a new administration facility.  The Board is aiming to commence construction work in 2007 with a planned re-opening by the Autumn of 2008.

David Stacey, Chair of the Sherman Theatre, said of today’s announcement: “This is an exciting time for the Theatre and these negotiations will be yet another challenge to the Board, Management and Staff along side the enormous commitment to the Capital Project. If the negotiations are successful it will, I have no doubt, place the merged Company at the forefront of Welsh Contemporary Drama and Writing.”

Peter Tyndall, Chief Executive of The Arts Council of Wales, said: “We welcome these talks which could signal at long last a new theatre production and touring company for South Wales.
While the details are obviously still to be discussed, all the parties are committed to enhancing the scale and quality of contemporary theatre and the evolution of a body that can deliver that exciting new agenda.”

Ann Beynon, Chair of Sgript Cymru, said “Sgript Cymru believes in the importance of a contemporary theatre in Cardiff within a context where the development of work in both languages can create compelling syntheses and explorations on both a national and international dimension.  We look forward to the imminent merger discussions which should, if productive, create a powerful voice for theatre in Wales and a home for new writing.
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