Backstage disappointed over Arts Council funding

Backstage Theatre in Longford has expressed its disappointment in not getting any increase in funding from the Arts Council this year.

The theatre will be give funding of just under €160,000 for the next year, but the company running the venue had asked for extra funds so as to be able to put on some major projects in 2018.

These include a production of “Castle Rackrent” commissioned to celebrate the centenary of Maria Edgeworth.


Marketing and Promotions Manager Janice Gibney says they still intend to go ahead with their plans and hope that the local authority may be able to help out with some of the shortfall.