The Courtyard Hereford is part of a national campaign launched by Theatres Trust to help theatres survive an unprecedented crisis.
The Courtyard is an independent charity and community venue. When we closed our doors, our income disappeared overnight. It’s at times like these where we really see community spirit shine through and we have already been overwhelmed by the generous support shown from the people around us. However, we still need your help, more than ever.
Each and every penny counts for us right now, and if you are able to support us during this time, any donation, large or small, will make a huge difference.
Why are we crowdfunding?
Your donations will be used to protect the future of this beautiful community building. We want to stay here for you, keep our staff employed and be here to help heal our community and bring us together again when all of this is over.
2020 was supposed to be an exciting year as we began our expansion project, Transform The Yard. However, with social distancing restrictions, we have had to take the difficult decision to postpone productions leaving us in a continuing fight for survival.
Like so many other community and arts organisations affected by the pandemic, we now face an uncertain time while we cannot function as usual. As part of the Theatre's Trust #SaveOurTheatres national campaign, we are asking for your help to keep us going until we can get the The Courtyard back serving the community, and connecting people!
Please donate today and continue to support us in the coming months, and final steps of the capital project, so we can reopen bigger, bolder and better than before; because we are stronger together.
About The Courtyard
The Courtyard is many things to many people. A Theatre, Cinema, Gallery, Arts Centre, Youth Theatre... A Home... Family. We create stories. We connect people. We welcome people. We love our home in the rural county of Herefordshire, and everyone in it and aim to be as inclusive as possible.
The Courtyard is deeply rooted in the community, serving as the hub of cultural life within the county and the region. We pride ourselves on providing a quality programme of work where people can experience a range of cultural activities.
Our Outreach and Participation programme is award-winning. Whether through our thriving Youth Theatres, Education, inclusive workshops, dementia friendly programme, adult participation or outreach activities. We work closely with over 95% of schools in Hereford and have over 400 attending our Youth Theatre programme.
We are so much more than a theatre. We strive for excellence through our in house productions, Youth Theatre, nationally recognised and award-winning work with people living with dementia through our Creative Ageing programme, Community Choirs, award-winning Family Festival, Family Saturdays, Writing and Reading workshops, Inclusive Workshops, award-winning Mental Health Project for young people, Film Clubs, Schools and Colleges drama workshops and Youth Artist mentoring.... the list goes on!
All we want, is to remain at heart of the Herefordshire community and to continue to play an important role as your local cultural venue, for generations to come.
About Save Our Theatres
In villages, towns and cities across the country, theatres are at the heart of their community. Places to come together, to be inspired and be entertained. Theatres are where our best-loved actors learn their craft and thousands of others learn valuable skills.
But we risk losing this forever.
Theatres saw their main source of income disappear in an instant when they closed in March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Six months later, we still don’t know when they will be able to reopen fully. A decision won’t be made until November at the earliest – too late for most to put on their annual pantomime, which often provides the income to support the theatre for the rest of the year.
This ongoing uncertainty puts theatres in a perilous situation. The government’s bailout is spread across all cultural organisations and certainly won’t be enough to save all of the UK’s theatres.
Every day theatres are facing the tough decision to make staff redundant and to close their doors until next year. And there is a real risk that those closures could be permanent.
Without urgent support, we could lose our nation’s amazing theatres. Please help us to make sure our theatres survive this crisis and will be there to be enjoyed by future generations.