DRAMA and dance groups across Flintshire are lamenting the potential £1m loss of funding to the county's iconic theatre.
Clwyd Theatr Cymru may lose the £1m subsidy it receives from Flintshire Council – the money represents nearly 20 per cent of its overall income.
Amateur dramatics groups and dance schools fear the loss of facilities at the venue if alternative funding cannot be found.
And some have described Flintshire Council's decision to consider slashing its contribution as “appalling” describing the arts complex as “a huge pull” for the area.
Rachel Catherall of the Elsber School of Dance in Buckley said: “Theatre director Terry Hands has built up an amazing theatre and production house and it would be appalling if the funding were to be lost.
“Our dance school puts on a production there every two years and we work quite a lot with the theatre which we really value.
“There is nowhere else for us to go other than travelling to places like Rhyl.
“But Clwyd Theatre Cymru has its own production house which is a great thing to have for the area.”
Flintshire Council deputy leader Bernie Attridge has said however that the theatre should not be exempt from the challenges facing the unitary council with regards to cuts.
“Clwyd Theatr Cymru cannot be a sacred cow,” he told the Leader.
“It’s been heavily subsidised by Flintshire ratepayers for years and the time is right for debate.
“In times as we are, I don’t think people want their money to be spent on the theatre.
“It needs to stand on its own two feet.”
Andrew Shone of the Dee and Alyn Gilbert and Sullivan Society believes it would be
“a massive shame” if the funding were to go.
“The theatre is a fantastic facility for local groups and beyond,” he said.
“It would be a massive shame if the area was to lose any of the facilities it provides.
“It gives local groups the opportunity to step onto a professional stage.”
Sue Morton of Buckley Theatre Club said the removal of funding would be “sad for such a lovely venue”.