When the theatre first closed under the conditions of lockdown it was scary times for our industry. At the B&R, seeing the months stretching out before us it was hard to see how we could come out the other side. We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £10,000 from Lambeth Council under the terms of their Lambeth Culture and Arts at Risk funding package.
The news of the success of our application came at a particularly low point and gave us all a huge and hopeful boost. The Bread and Roses building has long been a centre point for the Clapham Community boasting a long, rich history of union action and fundraising. The theatre takes it lead from those ideals by supporting diversity and providing opportunity for creative expression to find roots in the area. It was encouraging to be thrown this lifeline which will allow us to continue to uphold these values. Thank you Lambeth Council!!!
While we continue to keep our finger in the ever-changing winds of the government guidelines regarding the re-opening of entertainments venues, we are assuming for now - based on the current decisions – that we can re-open this month!
We have lined up the fantastic Integrity Theatre with their show F*ck Off, running 25th to 29th August with two shows a day, as we are, of course, operating with limited seating capacity as well as appropriate physical distancing and hygiene measures in place. Find all details here and we hope to see you soon!
Like everyone, we have adapted over lockdown and found ways to continue to bring our theatre community together. It became more important to us than ever that we provide a space for creatives to meet, exchange ideas and hear feedback. So, we joined the growing family of Zoom acolytes and took our hugely popular Playwrights Circle, online!
Perhaps because of the shareability and convenience factors we’ve been thrilled to welcome many new faces to the group during this time and have also reconnected with some old faces who were once again able to attend from outside London. We will continue online sessions but also evaluate when in the coming weeks or months the traditional meet-ups will be possible again. Hopefully the group will continue to grow so we urge any interested parties to get in touch and register their interest! We’d love to hear from actors who are keen to read, writers who’d like to platform some work and anyone interested in sitting in. The coming dates and details can be found here: Playwrights Circle.
Emerging Producer/Director Scheme
One of The Bread & Roses Theatre’s successful initiatives is that which offers support and nurturing to an up and coming Theatre Director and a Theatre Producer, each year. This is known as the Associate Emerging Director/ Producer scheme, which offers the possibility to learn and work on in-house projects, as well as receive support towards their own endeavours. These placements begin in the early months of the year and we were excited to welcome Tom Ward (ED) and Rosie Sharp (EP) in to the team in February 2020. Given the restrictions COVID-19 since placed on the theatre we will not be able to offer the amount of work experience and support in 2020 normally part of the schemes, hence we will be rolling Rosie and Tom’s placements over in to 2021 as well. This means the application process for the next ED & EP scheme will not be open (as is usual) end of this year, but only again in 2021.
We cannot express how hugely grateful we are for every donation we have received from supporters of the theatre. With the uncertain landscape before us we know that every penny will be vital to the survival of the theatre over the next year or so. Even being (potentially) open we will operate with hugely limited capacity and plan to offer box office splits in larger favour towards the visiting companies during this time, in order to also support them in their struggle to continue their creative work. Therefore, we continue to be grateful for any further donations and have some great incentives on offer too (such as paying for our loo roll, or naming a chair…). You can donate here.