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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5O-00029: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 1 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the reductions to their budgets, whether it expects all of the national performing companies to continue to provide high-quality performances.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 9 June 2016

The Scottish Government is providing funding for the five national performing companies for 2016-17, which support their plans to ensure performances and outreach programmes continue to be of the highest quality and retain a wide national reach across our communities.

This can be demonstrated through the five star reviews recently received by National Theatre of Scotland for The 306: Dawn production in Perth and the Theatre for Schools Scotland initiative, which I helped launch in June 2016, aiming to ensure that every child in Scotland receives ‘a minimum of one performing arts production, per year, as part of their education'.