Our Carnegie Theatre & Arts Centre has joined the efforts of a national initiative launched by Theatres Trust to help prevent the permanent closure of hundreds of UK theatres.
“Theatre is a weapon. For that reason, it must be fought for.” Augusto Boal.
What a year...
Who would believe that it has been almost half a year since, as part of the necessary response to the Coronavirus outbreak in the UK, we were forced to close our doors to theatre and art performances? Unbeknownst to pretty much all of us, at that time, we would be battling against the effects of the virus for the foreseeable future. If you've followed our story through the last few months, with ever-declining funding and a complete halt to our main source of income (ticket sales), we are facing some significant challenges.
Over the past few months we have been utilising the UK Governments Job Retention scheme, accessed financial support available to us from Allerdale Borough Council, UK Government and are in the process of applying to the Arts Council England’s Emergency Fund. We have also been forced to enter into a period of redundancy consultation with our staff to restructure the organisation to create significant cost savings, but all of this will unfortunately not be enough to guarantee our long-term survival.
We won't lie to you; we are, as is our entire industry, struggling. As you can imagine, whilst we are governed by social distancing measures, we cannot begin the process of reopening the theatre. It wouldn't be safe, practical or financially viable for us to do so. The Independent Theatre Council revealed that 97.5% of venues are saying that they are facing permanent closure due to the pandemic. So, whilst we face the effects of the outbreak, lockdown and social distancing measures together with our sister theatres and venues, the Carnegie Theatre needs your help to survive.
Acting as a catalyst for creativity, we need your continued help and support, to inspire West Cumbria's future generations. Whether you join us as a patron, an audience member, an actor, a writer, as technical staff, as part of a chorus, or if you work for us, front of house or behind the scenes, you are the reason that we do what we do. We open our doors for you, help us keep those doors open a little while longer. Together #WeAreCarnegie!
We need you...
Firstly, we would just like to show our massive appreciation for those who have already donated through our other schemes over the past few months. To create one strong, powerful message, we have decided that we should create a single platform for all of our fundraising efforts. Rest assured, we have received all prior donations.
We know that times might be hard for many of you right now but if you are in a position to donate to our Carnegie Theatre, we would be eternally grateful. Your generosity will help us to;
- Continue operating the Carnegie Theatre & Arts Centre in the face of this adversity.
- Keep the beautiful theatre building maintained during this period.
- Allow us to invest in future plans that will help us ensure our long term survival.
- Cover costs associated with the safe reopening of our beloved theatre when we are able to do so.
If you are not in a position donate anything right now, that's okay. We are struggling too.
No fear, there is still so much you can do. Firstly, share this page as far as you can, on any platform. Share our message by shouting it from the rooftops and writing it on the skyline. Keep the conversation going. Share what the Carnegie means to you, the performances you've seen here and those that you hope we will one day put on for you. Use the hashtag #WeAreCarnegie, so we can keep a track of all of your lovely posts.
From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU.