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'Heart of the community' aim for The Core at Corby Cube

The auditorum of The Core
The first professional production at The Core opens on 3 December

Corby's new theatre, The Core at Corby Cube, has been designed as a community venue to help people to get involved and express themselves.

Local people were involved in the design of the theatre and the type of work to be staged there.

But how successful has the new venue been at taking on the views of Corby residents?

Below, four people involved in meetings and workshops about The Core describe the process and their hopes for the theatre complex.

Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson

Marian thought up the name for the theatre, The Core, during a brainstorming session at a branding and identity workshop. She was inspired by a number of images brought to the workshop by Laurie Sansom, the artistic director of Northampton's Royal and Derngate theatres.

"There were pictures of fires and furnaces and a beautiful picture of steel-making," said Marian.

"It really set my mind going. We were thinking of heat and that creative spark at that moment of creation,"

Marian believes the theatre is important for Corby: "Art and culture have a major role to play in making people feel proud of their town.

"People will want to spend their money here and not feel it is a cultural desert; that it's not somewhere you work and have a house but is somewhere you can live."

Shanics Olton

Shanics Olton

Shanics, 18, took part in the branding process for The Core. She has lived in Corby since the age of four, is a former Kingswood School pupil and is now at university.

"We wanted the theatre to be involved with the young people of Corby because there wasn't much going on," she said.

She wants The Core to "encourage young people to grow as individuals" and provide out-of-school activities.

In January 2011, the theatre will start regular workshops for young people in 'urban arts'.

These include hip hop dance classes, music, digital media and rapping.

Jevael Holgate

Jevael Holgate

Jevael explained: "Our job was to be the young people's voice."

The 22-year-old has lived in Corby since 2008. He wants young and older people to be "connected" by The Core.

"The older generation can set a good example for the younger generation and the younger generation can look up to the older generation," he said.

January 2011 also sees the start of various youth theatre classes. The Core Company will meet on Mondays, Musical Theatre on Tuesdays and Sparks - about storytelling, drama and movement skills - on Saturdays.

Paula Boulton

Paula Boulton

Paula now has the title 'creative associate (community)' at The Core but has been involved with community groups in Corby for a number of years.

"I've always been keen on making the space accessible for all to use and I'm absolutely thrilled that that's what we've got," she said.

"The Core will be a great boon to the local community because it's about getting involved and Corby people don't sit on the sidelines.

Paula is enthusiastic about the way The Core is making Corby people feel better about their town: "It does make you feel like you count. For some time people in Corby have felt they don't count. Look at this investment. We matter now."

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