As you'll all be aware, the majority of theatre performances in the UK are suspended for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19. I thought we could make a thread to list any charitable theatre organisations that we could perhaps donate our refunded ticket money to, so that we are helping our industry in this dark time instead of taking away from it.
Capital Theatres, Edinburgh - working to improve accessibility of theatre, particularly for those suffering with dementia. They are a genuinely lovely company and the changes they've made to their theatres to make them more accessible have been fantastic. In addition to this, they aim to offer audio described, signed and captioned performances for every production. - www.capitaltheatres.com/support
For theatres who operate as charities one option is to ask them to treat the cost of your ticket as a donation rather than give you a refund.
Another idea - my local independent cinema sells gift vouchers and suggested that people that wanted to support them over the coming weeks could buy those to use when they reopen, so they have some income coming in, or alternatively could renew their membership early. Might be an option for theatres who have their own vouchers or membership schemes.
For those of us who love live comedy, if you are able then do consider joining NextUp. Comics get a slice of the revenue and with hundreds of shows it really is like going to the Edinburgh Fringe without the hassle!
This is a wonderful idea for a thread...well done aingidh...I was particularly taken by the work of Flute Theatre when it was highlighted at the recent WOS awards...Shakespeare for autistic children is what they do in a nutshell....an amazing company!
GOOD IDEA. I’ve got tix booked but I won’t be using them now of course so have decided not to ask for any refunds and I will see what else I can do to support. Membership of the various theatre schemes. And support as above for people in the industry.
I will make a call on a case by case basis. If it's a small, independent theatre or a charity gig, like Six Uncrowned and West End Eurovision, I just won't ask for a refund. If it's for a regular West End show, I will ask for the refund and donate the money to Acting for Others, just because in this way I know the money will go to people who need it to pay their bills right now.
Not that I want producers to get bust or anything, but in that case I don't know how much of that money would go to actually help people that need the help right now. If we find out in the next few days that producers are going to continue paying staff, then I'll happily not ask for a refund at all.
Either way, whatever money I invested in tickets is already out of my account, so it won't hurt me financially to use it to help people in the industry. But I am also aware that not everyone can afford to do that, many of my friends that have tickets booked also have their incomes impacted by the virus. So we shouldn't judge people who are asking for their refunds and keep the money, because they might need it to pay their bills.