ONE of the country’s oldest amateur dramatics companies will be able to carry out much-needed behind-the-scenes refurbishments thanks to a grant from a local company.

Tyldesley Little Theatre has been given £42,000 to carry out work including turning a basement room into a rehearsal area, improving the heating system and building a mezzanine floor to create extra prop storage.

The money has been donated by waste company Viridor, and is the second time in two years the theatre has received a cash boost.

Last year Viridor Credits, which distributes the landfill tax credits collected at its managed landfill sites, paid for urgent repairs to be carried out on the Lemon Street theatre’s roof, and for scenery damaged by the leaking roof to be repaired.

Improvements were also made to the toilets and lighting and sound equipment was upgraded.

A theatre spokesman said: “We tend to be very self-sufficient when it comes to running the theatre and putting on the productions.“The improvements will make a big difference to the theatre.”