It’s been a strange few weeks, hasn’t it? We, like every theatre, art gallery, pub, cafÃ© and restaurant have had to shut our doors and close to the public. It’s a confusing and unknown time but along the way we are regularly reminded of the resilience, the kindness and, ultimately, the continued creativity of our community.
And the theatre industry – one that prides itself on creating live experiences for lots of people – has responded with aplomb. From free at-home viewing experiences and virtual engagement initiatives to wellbeing support, the spirit of our sector remains vibrant.
If you work in the arts in any capacity it is likely that it has been a bit of a rocky road these past two weeks so, with that in mind, here’s a bunch of support services relevant to the sector that are available to help you during this difficult time.
And if you simply fancy some light relief? Check out our list of five fun (and free) things to keep you busy here.
Confidential and available all day, every day, Theatre Helpline is an independent service that provides support for every person working in the theatre industry. Available via phone and on email and covering all areas of personal wellbeing, trained professionals are on call to talk to as and when you require additional support.
In our forced separation comes an era of togetherness, demonstrated by Until the Curtains Rise: an initiative made in response to the current climate. Designed to financially support freelance professionals, the project collects donations and gathers responses about what help individuals need at this time thus better supporting and informing the sector.
Focused on supporting backstage and front of house employees The Theatrical Guild can provide financial assistance, welfare advice and point you in the direction of counselling services.
A financial resource for creatives working in theatre, Funding for Freelances has been set up by The Turbine Theatre to give financial aid to those in need during this time. Developed to alleviate the financial burden for those who aren’t able to work at the moment.
Read SOLT and UK Theatre’s full list here.
The above are just a handful of many support services, charities and organisations that are working hard to support the individuals and collectives who make the creative industries what it is.
Know of another service we haven’t listed or referred to? Let us know on Twitter @NSTheatres.