Delight as Core tops its target audience figures

Kerry Ellis and Brian May, The Core, Corby, November 2012. Photos by David Jackson
Kerry Ellis and Brian May, The Core, Corby, November 2012. Photos by David Jackson

The Core theatre at Corby is celebrating the end of a successful second year when it beat its target for adult audience figures.

It attracted 26,834 adults to performances during 2011-12, thousands more than the target of 18,091 and double the 2010-11 figure of 13,012.

Attendances by young people almost doubled during the last 12 months compared with the theatre’s first year, with 6,345 attending performances at the theatre in Corby Cube.

Although this figure was less that the 7,753 target for attendance among young people, the theatre team is delighted with the result.

Chris Sudworth, creative director at The Core, said: “It’s been a great first two years and a really exciting time – both for the venue and the town.

“We’re delighted that so many people have taken part in projects and activities here, and we’re pleased that so many people of all ages have come along to see shows or films, beating our overall target for audiences.

“And it’s really encouraging that we have so many volunteers who are keen to work with us too. We hope to continue to build on this success in the future, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank our audiences for their support.”

Before the theatre opened Mr Sudworth pledged it would be a focus for the community and its programmes have combined top entertainers, such as Queen legend Brian May and comedians Alan Carr and Jimmy Carr, with productions by Shape dance scheme and Corby Amateur Theatrical Society. Corby’s musicians, dancers, writers, poets and actors have all been welcomed at the theatre, attending workshops and classes ranging from hip-hop dance to video-making.

In addition it has provided 50 days work experience for people who want to develop a career in the arts and it has a team of 90 volunteers who supported the theatre in 2011-12, compared with 48 in the theatre’s first year.