The coronavirus outbreak and COVID-19 pandemic caused nearly 300 theatres across the country to close on Monday 16 March. The damage of this for an arts and culture industry worth £117 billion to the British economy has been huge. In wake of this, Theatre Together, a new collective of over 100 artists and professionals (including producers, directors, marketers, actors and an array of other individuals in the arts and culture industry) has assembled to take action during this crisis. Our mission is to create positive change for arts workers while re-examining audiences’ relationship to theatre in this new digital age.
We are a sector built on creative thinking. We don’t know what the future holds for us, but we do know that our collective talent for adaptation and innovation presents an opportunity: to continue sharing our craft with a world turning to the arts in a time of need, while at the same time raising money to support an industry in crisis. Our first initiative, All The Web’s A Stage, benefits three charities offering immediate financial help to individuals working in the arts. The ongoing effect of our new Bounce Back Fund gives companies and individuals the assistance to return to creating new work when it’s safe to do so without financial pressure. Together, we can ensure that fresh, invigorating work continues to populate our stages, and that everyone’s story has the chance to be heard.