East Riding Theatre joins campaign for more cash from government as it warns 70 per cent of venues could close for good

East Riding Theatre is joining voices with Public Campaign For The Arts to help creative organisations across the country.

Wednesday, 1st July 2020, 12:30 pm
East Riding Theatre
East Riding Theatre

Public Campaign For The Arts is a grassroots campaign set up to support theatres and arts organisations across the nation, during and after the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is calling on people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and call on the Government to help our creative industries survive.

It says the Government is not doing enough.

Its statement said: "With reduced ticket revenues, a lack of government funding and fixed building costs – not to mention our front doors and stage doors firmly shut for the time being – theatres across the country are feeling the brunt.

"As a result, many creative spaces, and the creative people in them, are being forced into an impossible position. We need to support them now, or risk losing them for good.

Without government support, Public Campaign For The Arts predict that 70 per cent of theatres will close permanently by the end of this year.

"This will not only have a devastating impact on the UK economy, but it will also cause a knock-on effect on the lives of people who depend on arts buildings and companies for their mental health, social life and community cohesion," said the statement

At a local level, the East Riding Theatre in Beverley has created three films in which they explain how important theatre is to them and the local area:

Video 1 - Impact of East Riding Theatre on the Community

Video 2 - Impact of East Riding on Education

Video 3 - The Volunteers Behind East Riding Theatre

The theatre's artistic director, actor and director Adrian Rawlins is keen to expand on how much our local theatre means during these difficult times: “At the moment it can feel like we are bombarded and sometimes overwhelmed with bad news. Theatre is a small explosion of good news.".

“It’s a place where we can be transported into other worlds and into other peoples’ stories as both actors and audience. A place to laugh, cry, and be challenged. A place to be touched by music, Aart, literature, poetry, comedy and new writing. And, perhaps most importantly of all, a place to feel part of a community.

“The benefit of these things can’t be measured by graphs and charts but they can be felt in a lightening of the spirit and a warming of the heart. As one of our volunteers said ‘at the moment we need our hearts warmed.’ Please support your theatre.”

In addition to spreading our message in support of other theatres and venues, East Riding Theatgre will continue to face its own obstacles, campaigning for donations to help cover its building costs and support local artists.

To help please lobby your local MP and donate via www.eastridingtheatre.co.uk or by phone: Text ‘ERTATHOME’ with your chosen amount to 70490. (Eg To donate £1 simply text ‘ERTATHOME 1’).

To help support all theatres across Britain, Public Campaign For The Arts has set up a petition that you can sign hereA message from the editor

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