Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre Sets The Scene For a Successful 2017

Dundee Rep Annual Review
Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre Limited is celebrating another successful year of ground-breaking productions and record audience numbers.

The company, which increased its turnover, grants received and operating profit in the year to the end of March 2016, is looking forward to another 12 months of exciting and innovative theatre and dance as well as the arrival of the theatre’s new Artistic Director Andrew Panton in April.

The company reported a turnover of £1.764million, an increase from the previous figure of £1.501million, and received £2.928million in grants, up £47,885 from last year. The operating profit rose from £64,116 to £87,734.

Over the past 15 months, Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre Limited has undergone a review of its governance and structure following the appointment of Chief Executive Nick Parr in September 2015.

Launching Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre Limited’s first annual report, Nick said: “I have been blessed with a supportive team who have embraced the need for change and a motivated and committed board of Directors, who have helped me update the Company’s governing principles, refresh the name of the organisation and recruit exciting new Directors with a breadth of skill and personal backgrounds.

“Our two ensemble model, developed over the past two decades, is a beacon of quality that we are lucky to have in Dundee and, indeed, Scotland. No other organisation can boast permanent ensembles of dancers and actors and it is vital that our immensely supportive funders continue to work with us to preserve our wonderfully creative company. The year 2015/2016 was the first of our new three-year Regular Funding from Creative Scotland and with Dundee City Council supporting us so generously, I want to thank both our main funders for the invaluable contribution they make to our city and region.”

Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre’s audience numbers increased by 17% to 76,624 in the last year.

Dundee Rep Theatre produced eight shows in 2015, with 167 performances to almost 38,000 people with productions including its pioneering co-production of Blood Wedding; In My Father’s Words; Witness for the Prosecution, and the critically acclaimed The Cheviot, The Stag and the Black, Black Oil. The Rep also welcomed 69 visiting companies throughout the year, performing to audiences of almost 34,000.

Creative Learning, which works with communities and schools on a local and national scale – has once again seen increased participation to over 35,000 within its educational work, vocational training and skills development.

Scottish Dance Theatre, which last year celebrated its 30th anniversary, produced two new works and toured seven productions around the world, with performances attended by some 7,000 people. Scottish Dance Theatre Creative Learning delivered workshops to more than 9,000 people.

Celebrations for Scottish Dance Theatre’s milestone birthday included the Great Big Birthday show in September 2016, with a showcase of local talent and the premiere of a piece commissioned by National Theatre of Scotland as part of their HOME/AWAY Festival and a Big Birthday party, also in September at the Rep.

The Rep’s on-site restaurant, bar and catering facility, Encore Bar + Brasserie, also performed well in the year 2015/16.

Chair of the Board of Directors Peter Inglis said: “This has been another successful year in the life of our theatre and dance company, with audience numbers on the increase and in the number of participants in our Creative Learning streams. All the time we are spreading the word that Dundee is a creative city and our numerous collaborations cement our relationship with the creative community at large.”