£500k grant for Miracle Theatre


Cornwall’s longest-serving touring company, Miracle Theatre, has received “transformative” funding from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Good Growth Programme.

The £541,016 grant over two years is funded by the UK Government’s Shared Prosperity Fund through the £132 million Good Growth Programme, managed by Cornwall Council. It will empower Miracle Theatre to develop new ways of working for the future, create new opportunities for Cornish artists and amplify and extend its services.

Miracle Theatre’s artistic director, Bill Scott, said: “This grant is a transformative milestone for Miracle Theatre and the communities we serve. For over four decades, we have been dedicated to making high-quality theatre accessible to all. The Good Growth grant empowers us to continue this mission, fostering creativity, nurturing local talent, and bringing communities together through the performing arts.”

At the heart of this initiative is the creation of Miracle Lab, a creative hub, uniting experienced artists, and creative practitioners to incubate fresh ideas collaboratively.

Additionally, Miracle Camp, a talent incubator, is aimed at discovering and nurturing emerging artists in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly through residential workshops – providing writers, directors, and actors with a supportive environment to hone their craft.

Miracle Theatre is also building a network of passionate individuals across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to serve as Community Collaborators, who will be the bridge between Miracle Theatre and the local communities. Furthermore, the Miracle Commissions Initiative will foster collaborations across sectors, from social care to festivals, promoting creativity and addressing critical societal needs.

The Grant is enabling Miracle Theatre to host an indoor tour for the first time in ten years. Visiting theatres, village halls and community centres across Cornwall and Isles of Scilly with Hell’s Bells.