Our Emergency Appeal is about a lot more than raising the curtain again

As we enter June it is hard not to glance an eye at the brilliant artists and performances which were due to be gracing our stages. Whilst the Main House would have seen some real highlights, much of our brilliant Summer Season would have taken place in the Studio Theatre or in pop-up venues around town.

Anyone who has seen one of these smaller scale performances will understand the thrill of being that bit closer to the action, seeing boundary pushing performances or a theatre maker at the start of their career. With the theatre landscape rapidly shifting, we need to continue supporting work at this level now more than ever. 

Our Emergency Appeal, now approaching £45,000, is about a lot more than raising the curtain again. We want to continue building on the work we do with local and emerging artists, helping to create stars of the future and push theatrical boundaries. This has long been a part of our mission and we are pleased to be continuing our commitment to artists during this time.

We recently announced two new commissions for the Homemakers series in partnership with HOME in Manchester. Through this Hidden Track and Edalia Day will each create a new piece of work which can be enjoyed online. Recently our Associate Producer Porl Cooper said, “I’ve been really impressed with the way Hidden Track play with their audiences, and Edalia incorporates interaction with technology and projection in their work. I can’t wait to see what each conjures up in an online realm from the confines of their homes”. These online projects will be released later this the month on a Pay What You Can basis.

Beyond this our artist development work includes professional mentoring from our team, in-kind rehearsal space and cash commissions. Earlier in the year we announced four new Supported Artists & Companies – Forget About The Dog, Levantes Dance Theatre, King Brilliant Theatre and Simon Brewis & Dick Bonham. We look forward to seeing the work they produce for our stages in 2021.

A commitment to talent development now keeps the future of our stages busy, diverse and full of energy. Your continued support towards our Emergency Appeal will allow us to continue supporting local talent from the ground up.

First published in the Harrogate Advertiser on THU 4 JUN.