Welcome to THE LVING THEATRE crowdfunding page!
SO, WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?
The theatre is the brainchild of Julia Fisher who has been developing the project for three years. Her vision is to create an open air performance space to host live performance events; theatrical, music, workshops and more.."Our vision is to promote community engagement and positive mental wellbeing through access to performing arts in a rural ‘open space’."
The theatre is brand spanking new project, it's an "open air performance space" nestling in the midst of beautiful rolling North Hertfordshire countryside.
WHAT'S GOING ON THERE?
A physical space has been cleared in a natural amphitheatre. As we write this we are hosting our inaugural show - three sell out performances of "TWO", an amusing and thought provoking play by Jim Cartwright. These COVID friendly events are receiving rave reviews and the local enthusiasm to make this a long term project has been confirmed.
WHAT WE'D LIKE TO DO
We want to make this space a viable long term resource, equipped to deliver a range of performance events. Our longer term vision is set out below, in the short term we have several very practical requirements in order to be ready for a full season of events in 2021. From sound & lighting equipment, permanent staging, weather protective canopies & secure storage lockers ... we have quite a shopping list!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Our request is the most important one in this moment ... we would like you to help us literally put bums on seats at performances ... so we need the seats to put them on! You could help us purchase suitable folding seats to supplement our current fixed seating capacity in order that events can be enjoyed by the maximum audience.
The Living Theatre Objectives:
- To create an ‘open space’ performance venue;
- To offer both amateur and professional outdoor performances to our local and wider community;
- To offer learning and performance opportunities to young people supported by a collaboration with industry professionals;
- To offer both technical and therapeutic workshops in the performance space through a network of performance arts experts, life coaches and mental health professionals;
The project seeks to offer a broad benefit to all members of our community by bringing local access to performing arts. Whether their contribution be as an event volunteer or as an audience member the intention is to maximise local engagement.
The project aims to deliver particular additional benefits to young adults (16-25 years) including those adversely affected by a lack of employment, education or training and those impacted by challenges of poor mental health or substance misuse.