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

In Sarah's Guardian Opinion piece, she outlines the factors that the Government and industry must ensure with the rescue package, these are:

-Geographic spread

-Sectoral spread

- 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.

Posted by Derby Theatre on Monday, 6 July 2020

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.

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.

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