2015 has been a year of huge news across the theatre world.

With record breaking festivals, fascinating new schemes to help communities through the arts, and organisations sadly having to close down, it has been another big year on and off the stage.

As the curtain closes on 2015,  A Younger Theatre have gathered the five most popular stories of the year.

Arts Charity IdeasTap to close due to lack of funding

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It was sad news back in March, when influential arts charity Ideastap announced they would be closing down.

The charity had supported tens of thousands of people and organisations, including A Younger Theatre, but was forced to close due to a lack of funding.

To read more, click here.

Arts Hotel to open in London

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People were fascinated by the new arts hotel Green Rooms that is due to open in London in 2016.

With 20 double rooms, two studio apartments and two dorms, the cultural hub aims to support local creatives, and act as a safe place for people to work in.

For more information on the Green Rooms, click here.

London dance company produces show with refugees and migrants


The migrant crisis across Europe was the biggest story of 2015, and a number of schemes and programmes were set up to help newcomers to the UK through the arts.

One of them involved Protein, who worked with the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants to create a new performance piece.

A Younger Theatre got an exclusive interview with one of the participants, which can be read here.

Community crowdfunding website backs play for the first time

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Theatre companies have started to dip their toe into crowdfunding more and more over recent years, and 2015 saw some major advances in that scene.

Kritical Mass decdied to support independent theatre through raising funds for Pooka Productions to put on The Man Who, in February.

Find out more about the fundraising here.

Inequality highlighted as high profile female artistic directors step down

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2015 saw two of the last female artistic directors working in the London fringe theatre scene step down.

Rebecca Atkinson-Lord and Rachel Briscoe both decided to leave the Ovalhouse in November.

The move meant there were no women of their generation left at AD level across fringe theatre in the capital.

For more information, click here.