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New theatre is to be 'the Core at the Corby Cube'
The Corby Cube
The Corby Cube is due to open in November

Corby's new theatre, known as the Core at the Corby Cube, will open in November.

The creative director of the new venue, Chris Sudworth, announced that the first professional production will be Hansel and Gretel.

It will be performed from 3 to 26 December.

Mr Sudworth said: "We're looking forward to working together to make the Core a place where everyone feels welcome and everyone can get involved."

He described Hansel and Gretel as a family show which would be "playful, physical, fun."

It will be directed by Gary Sefton who has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and directed Travels With My Aunt at Northampton's Royal and Derngate in May.

A community cast, to work alongside the professional actors, will be chosen in October.

research project

The new theatre complex forms part of the £40 million Corby Cube. The civic centre will also includes a library, council offices and a rooftop garden.

Chris Sudworth
Chris Sudworth is the Core's first creative director

The theatre's name was the result of a three-month long research project involving local people.

"It represents what we're trying to do," explained Chris Sudworth. "It's at the centre of things, it's a focal point where all the community can come together and it's a place where things can be created."

Sudworth added: "There is going to be a massive workshop programme for young people and the wider community.

"In addition, we will have monthly events which will work across each of the art forms: you'll have music, you'll have dance, you'll have theatre, you'll have comedy and you'll have big name touring acts in the main space."


The Core is made up of three areas. The main theatre is described by Sudworth having "all the grandeur and intimacy or warmth of a traditional theatre, something like the Royal [Theatre] in Northampton, where you feel so close to the action."

The second space is a studio theatre known as the Lab. Most of the community workshops will be run in the Lab but it will also be used by small-scale touring companies.

The third space is the Base which is not for performances but will be "suitable for experiences whatever they may be," according to Sudworth.

The team at the Core plan to produce two 'made in Corby' productions a year "with an aspiration to move towards three".

They are described as a 'sister' organisation to Northampton's Royal and Derngate. Some staff will be shared but Sudworth is keen to emphasise the differences: "the offer is going to be incredibly different," he said.

Chris Sudworth is a freelance director, specialising in creating theatre with and for young people. He recently co-ordinated an international youth leadership summit at Contact Theatre, Manchester.

He also recently worked as project manager for Arts Council England's Young People's Participatory Theatre programme. From 2002 to 2005 he was head of Education and Youth Theatre at The Octagon Theatre, Bolton.

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