Our Yorkshire Editor Paul Clarke welcomes the theatre world asking for short term government support, not handouts.
The news that Leicester Haymarket is the latest venue forced into liquidation, and a stark warning from legendary producer Sonia Friedman writing in the Telegraph that British theatre is on the ‘brink of total collapse’ has forced the industry to unite in calling for short term government support.
Our Yorkshire Editor Paul Clarke applauds the streaming of shows but decides it an unsatisfying experience compared to the real thing.
As I sat in my home office watching the free steam of M6 Theatre Company’s A Tiger’s Tale it struck me that it was absolutely no substitute for the real thing.
On a hill in North East Wales, just one mile from Mold town centre, stands my favourite theatre ever. Theatr Clwyd, although currently closed to the public, is still very much a huge part of the community. While they could they were doing so much for the people around them, from creating creative home packs for their vulnerable company members, taking their food stock to homeless shelters, working with Social Services to identify families in need and filming creative digital content for educational and creative use. Even now, while people are unable to go out, they are encouraging art, creativity and dance through online videos.
“My favourite theatre space in the UK, I hope and pray that it survives the financial impact of this current crisis”
During the dark days as our theatres have closed their doors whilst the devastating effects of the Corona virus has on our world of culture, North West End have decided to write about our favourite theatre spaces, their history, productions and why it’s our top choice.
Even before I became a reviewer, some eighteen months ago, I was a regular theatre goer. I know some people think theatre is for luvvies, lushes and darlings; while others think it’s for West End Spectacles. For me, theatre is about taking the pulse of the current culture: The zeitgeist. And seeing life through other eyes.
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