The Tyne Theatre and Opera House are continuing to fundraise to help secure the future of the venue following a devastating loss of income over 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Theatre launched a #SaveOurTheatres Crowdfunder campaign in early October as part of a Theatre’s Trust initiative to prevent the permanent closure of UK theatres.
The Crowdfunder campaign allows supporters to pledge on rewards in exchange for their donations. Rewards include; Tyne Theatre merchandise, the chance to have your name printed in a special edition theatre programme, an exclusive theatre tour, a VIP experience to a show of your choice & more. There is also an option to access exclusive higher end rewards including sponsoring a theatre box or even the chance to sponsor and name the Grand Circle bar.
Since the campaign launched, supporters have donated and pledged over £2000 to the project which will run until the 26thNovember 2020.
The Theatre recently confirmed they will be receiving funding from the Government & Arts Council England’s ‘Culture Recovery Fund’, put in place to see that cultural organisations across the UK could weather the storm of coronavirus.
A statement from the Tyne Theatre and Opera House stated‘As you may have seen, we’ve recently been granted funding from the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund – this money will enable us to cover our essential outgoings until March 2021. This funding allows us to begin to look ahead and think about what our future holds as a venue.’
‘The funding we’ve received does not help the theatre recoup the income we have lost so far this year and also won’t help us beyond March 2021, a point in the future that is still clouded in uncertainty. We don’t want to wait to see what the world may look like next year, we want to start preparing now.’The Tyne Theatre & Opera House are looking to raise £30,000 to go towards essential building work that will enable them to continue to offer shows in this ‘new normal’. This work is set to include; the reconfiguration of unused office space into additional customer use areas, refurbishment to provide performance space for smaller events and enhancing the theatre for use during both socially distancing and full capacity events moving forward.
Theatre Director, Joanne Johnson has said; ‘We’re still in need of support to help continue with building work that will allow us to improve our customer experience for all events going forward, including work needed to ensure the venue can open in a financially viable way in the face of ongoing restrictions. The support we have received this year has been incredible and we are reminded that we can only continue to exist with the help of our local community. We hope people will see the value in what we offer as a ‘Theatre for everyone’ and can continue to get behind us to help secure the future of the Tyne Theatre as an independent venue.’
Over the months since lockdown started, the Grade 1 listed theatre, has offered live-streamed shows, their first socially distanced shows and an online theatre tour – all of which have helped generate support for the theatre through these difficult months.
Theatre Director, Joanne Johnson, continued to say; ‘Throughout all the challenges of this year and in the face of changing restrictions, we’ve strived to offer entertainment to our audiences in what has been a dark and difficult time for all. Whilst the future is still so uncertain, and as we make our way in to a second national lockdown, we’re relying on the ongoing support of our community to see that we don’t lose the progress we’ve made as an independent venue over the last five years. We believe in securing our own future – but we can’t do it alone.’