This week marks our 10th birthday!
Although we cannot celebrate as planned due to the current pandemic, we want to take this opportunity to look back on our exciting first 10 years and plan ahead for our role in the community for the future.
Since opening our doors 10 years ago, The Core has firmly established itself at the heart of the local community. We’ve welcomed local people to get involved on and off the stage whilst programming a diverse range of quality shows.
We are proud to have welcomed more than 325,000 audience members to live performances and films, including over 70,000 young people under the age of 19. In addition, over 150,000 people have been involved in our participatory activities, including over 75,000 young people. As well as the many professional and visiting productions, we’ve also hosted more than 250 performances from Corby community groups and societies and supported over 4000 local artists.
Over the past ten years, our local economic impact has totalled £30.2 million, including over £4.1 million spent on employing 406 staff from the area and £0.8 million spent by customers on local services such as restaurants, public transport and taxis.
During this time, we have worked with with a range of exciting companies, including China Plate (Macbeth – Blood Will Have Blood in 2016), Frantic Assembly (No Way Back in 2015), The Wardrobe Ensemble (Wind In The Willows in 2017), New Old Friends (Swiss Family Robinson in 2019) and New International Encounter (Beauty and The Beast in 2018).
We have also worked closely with Made With Many (formerly Made In Corby) on a range of productions, including Danny Hero (in association with CATS) and Empire Soldiers, putting local people and local stories in the spotlight. We’re also proud to have produced our own Christmas shows including our launch production Hansel and Gretel in 2010 and the much loved A Christmas Carol in 2016.
Community project highlights in recent years have included Concept, a music making programme for disadvantaged young people and The Gunpowder Plot series with Metro Boulot Dodo and Launch Pad, a series of shows to develop emerging artists in the area. We’re proud to provide such a significant support to young people in the area, both through our weekly programme of activities and in helping them to achieve Arts Awards, as well as supporting schools to provide access to high quality arts and arts educators with over 6500 students a year taking part in our arts projects in the classroom.
We have also welcomed a diverse range of touring productions, with past offerings from many well-known comedians such as Sarah Millican, Ed Byrne and Kevin Bridges, world-class theatre shows Trainspotting Live and Austentatious, music from The Illegal Eagles and Bay City Rollers plus multi-sensory art experiences The Isle of Brimsker and The Art Of Tolerance working in schools to explore hate crime and racism. We are also proud to host regular visits from CATS, Shape Dance, WATS, Youth Brass 2000, Corby Festival of Dance and hundreds of performers of all ages from the local amateur performing arts community.
For the past 3 years, we have also co-produced GROW Festival with Made In Corby, filling the town centre with a wide range of arts activities for one weekend; from free street theatre like the spooky SPARK drummers to thrilling new arts experiences, including a large scale community feast in 2019 and Museum of The Moon earlier this year.
Our Director, Joe Flavin, said: “As we approach The Core’s 10th Birthday, there are so many brilliant moments to reflect on, From our first Christmas show Hansel and Gretel and packed houses for youth slam events in 2010, to the GROW festivals and Museum of The Moon at the start of this year bringing just shy of 10k people through the doors in one week. We were hoping to make a big splash this season to mark the occasion but our spirits are not dampened and we can’t wait to welcome audiences back for the next 10 as soon as it is safe to do so.”
To mark our 10th Birthday, for the month of December, Twe will be giving away 10 tickets a week to shows in Spring 2021 with some big names to be announced at the start of the month. Keep your eyes peeled!
We would love to hear YOUR memories of The Core. Let us know on our socials @thecorecorby, or email Rosie at [email protected]