A drama centre’s future has been secured for the next three years as it gained Arts Council funding this week.

Redbridge Drama Centre, in Churchfields, South Woodford, submitted a bid for cash in March and the £387,000 grant was approved on Tuesday.

The centre works with children aged five to 21 as well as presenting a full programme of shows throughout the year.

It hosted a number of the events for the Labyrinth Festival held across Redbridge last month.

The Friends of Redbridge Drama Centre was set up three years ago in order to lobby for the future of the centre and fundraise for its continued service.

Secretary Pankaj Pathak said: “In a week which has seen the English National Opera see its Arts Council funding slashed by 30% I am proud that Redbridge Drama Centre has demonstrated the foresight, innovation and community mindedness that has ensured its portfolio status with ACE again. 

“In partnership with Redbridge Council l am sure that the financial future is brighter than it seemed 3 years ago when the work of the Friends started.

"The ACE grant effectively runs the theatre programme.  Without the funding the Centre wouldn't be able to operate as a fringe venue."