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I first visited the Key Theatre in Peterborough in 1990 but I’ve not been back for a while and was surprised this morning to discover that they’ve moved the stairs! The building has recently undergone a substantial refurbishment and is looking in good shape in its pleasant setting overlooking the River Nene. I was there for the latest Arts Council England Creative People and Places briefing session. This was easily the most inventive of the sessions I’ve been to so far: it was certainly the first to involve a toy Dalek! Kate Hall from Jumped Up Theatre facilitated the event, leading us through a series of creative exercises which really helped people to start to think through what they could do collectively to get more people engaging in the arts in Peterborough. Belinda Bryan from ACE East took us through the details of the Creative People and Places programme and Greer Roberts from Vivacity – the independent organisation now responsible for the city’s culture and leisure services – reminded us of the particular cultural journey Peterborough has been on in recent years. In many senses Citizen Power – the ACE/RSA/Peterborough City Council collaboration – has paved the way for a potential Creative People and Places project. Greer said there is now “a willingness from a lot of people to make something spectacular happen” in Peterborough.
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