The Fleabag Support Fund will partner with charities responding to the Coronavirus Codid-19 pandemic to provide grants to freelancers working in the theatre industry who are in urgent financial need and unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Tens of thousands of theatre workers across the UK are facing the sudden loss of their job, and the very real prospect of having no work for several months. Around 290,000 people in the UK work in theatre, and 60-70% of them are freelancers. Theatre practitioners, producers, writers, stage managers, actors, technicians, production staff, comedians, cabaret performers… So many people are now finding themselves unable to pay their rent, pay their bills and provide for their families.
Our industry is often depicted as glamorous and monied, but that is only on one side of the curtain(!). Behind the scenes people up and down the country work hard with sporadic schedules and often-precarious incomes to bring people together in local theatres, communities and schools. They are the people who are keeping our theatre culture alive and important. With the added recent news that this years Edinburgh festival is cancelled, thousands more people in our industry are finding themselves at sea.
We hope that this will offer a much-needed lifeline to those who are struggling to make ends meet during this difficult time.
HOW WILL IT WORK?
This fund will be distributed by DryWrite, and will be held by Soho Theatre as a charity.
HOW CAN I APPLY?
For more information on the fund, to find out if you are eligible and how to apply please visit: https://sohotheatre.com/fleabagsupportfund
WHAT ELSE IS FLEABAG DOING?
FLEABAG NT LIVE, a live West End performance of the original play performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge will be made available to stream for a minimum payment of £4.00. Recorded at the Wyndhams Theatre, first broadcast to cinemas by NTLive, this production will now be available for a limited period from 6 April on Soho theatre and Amazon Prime from 10 April. All proceeds (less tax and processing fees) made from the streaming of the show will be donated to charity with 15% going to the FLEABAG SUPPORT FUND. Remaining funds will be distributed to the National Emergencies Trust, NHS Charities Together and Acting For Others.
This initiative is in partnership with DryWrite, Soho Theatre, Annapurna Theatre, National Theatre and Amazon Prime who are waiving their fees and royalties to make this possible.
To watch Fleabag from 6 April for a small donation go to: ondemand.sohotheatre.com. *please note that if you would like to watch FLEABAG NT Live you will need to purchase the rental via ondemand.sohotheatre.com.
To donate to National Emergencies Trust please go HERE
To donate to NHS Charities Together please go HERE
To donate to Acting For Others go HERE
THANK YOU for your contribution and for sharing this campaign with others.
If you would like to discuss a large donation please email [email redacted]
- Justine Hart
- Louise Barfield
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