As performers and lovers of live musical theatre, we know it takes an army to put on a production. From set and costume designers backstage, to those who welcome us at the front of house, everyone has a part to play.
We Interrupt This Performance…
When theatres up and down the UK were forced to shut their doors in March, no one expected the closure would last this long. The livelihood of hundreds of thousands of performers and staff became a distressing cause for concern. However, one charity has stepped up to provide unwavering support for those in need. Acting for Others “provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers” through its 14 member charities.
The charity recently announced that, along with its network of charities, a massive £3.3 million has been raised so far. Co-chair of Acting for Others, Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen, expressed his appreciation to the response from the creative community:
“This moment of crisis has illustrated the magnificent creativity and supportive nature of those in the performing arts with the huge variety of fundraising efforts we’ve seen and generous donations received.”
Coming to a Screen Near You
Acting for Other’s next offering of support will see some of the UK’s ‘national treasures’ coming together virtually. The charity is joining forces with Lockdown Theatre to put on a spectacular online evening of entertainment. The show, One Knight Only, will feature an abundance of theatre-greats including Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen, to name but two.
Appearing on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Dench said of the upcoming performance: “We can’t appear on the stage and we can’t be in a studio but we can be on this extraordinary thing called Zoom”.
Dench has admitted she doesn’t know much about what the show will entail and frets that fact is “an actor’s nightmare”. We do know that the online performance will feature Q&A sessions throughout giving the audience an insight into the actors lives. Yes please!
Get Your Tickets
Tickets sales for ‘One Knight Only’ are being donated to “provide support during the pandemic to all those who have worked professionally in the entertainment industry”. You can purchase tickets at http://www.rtflockdown.com/ and play your part in saving the arts.
We’ll see you there, sort of!