Derby Theatre responds to the Government announcement of £1.57 billion arts rescue package
Last week, Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, announced the Government's plans to release a £1.57 billion relief package to help the arts, culture and heritage industries in the UK recover from closure due to Covid-19.
While we await further details of how this will be distributed, here's a round up of the responses to this news from Derby Theatre and our Artistic Director & CEO, Sarah Brigham.
The Devil Will Be In The Detail - Sarah Brigham's Guardian Opinion Blog
"We understand that our position as a civic building is about more than just “one good night out a year”.
— Derby Theatre (@DerbyTheatre) July 6, 2020
In Sarah's Guardian Opinion piece, she outlines the factors that the Government and industry must ensure with the rescue package, these are:
- That all activities are protected and not just shows (for example work with young people and the community)
- That equality, inclusion and diversity are built upon and accelerated.
Will The Investment Help Local Theatres? - BBC Radio Derby Interview
In this interview with BBC Radio Derby, Sarah discusses why the arts rescue package should be distributed to regional theatres as well as West End & London theatres.
Capital FM Interview
In this interview with Capital Midlands News, Sarah addresses that theatres are about more than just shows and that the celebrity endorsement campaign for the Government to take action missed the vital role theatres have in the community.
The CEO of @DerbyTheatre has told Capital's @emmareid123 there should be an even spread of the money they government's putting up to help community-based theatre and arts than just larger venues in big cities #CapitalReports pic.twitter.com/pe7b5WXMgH
— Capital Midlands News (@CapitalMidsNews) July 6, 2020
Derby Theatre's Re-Opening Initiatives
In this Guardian piece, find out about Ghost Light and Derby Rises - the first two events planned by Derby Theatre as we begin to re-open later this year.
"The arts can play a vital role in helping heal the national 'wound' caused by coronavirus"
Find out more about Derby Theatre's "two major initiatives to ease people out of lockdown and ensure they don’t see the theatre as a place of danger”. https://t.co/aGSHdb487t
— Derby Theatre (@DerbyTheatre) July 1, 2020
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