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'Great sadness' as Waterford's Red Kettle Theatre Company closes

There will be several job losses as a result of the closure.

ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE closure of Waterford’s Red Kettle Theatre Company have been initiated.

The company was founded in 1985 but is now facing the final curtain, due to arts funding cuts and “six years of economic erosion”.

Red Kettle played a leading role in city’s vibrant arts scene.

However, in a statement issued last night, the company said it is “no longer a viable enterprise”, despite the efforts of many including the local Council and Youth Committee.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the closure of the Red Kettle Theatre Company, a company much loved by the people of its native Waterford for nearly 30 years,” it read.

Red Kettle joins a growing list of arts organisations nationally which have been put out of business in recent years through ongoing economic challenges and cuts to their funding.

The statement noted that there will be ‘several’ job losses.

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