Despite the Theatre being in lockdown with all staff working remotely and the opening shows of Festival 2020 postponed, we are committed to finding ways to support our community and enliven the days for those staying at home.
We’re actively exploring the possibility of making some of our past productions available to watch online and hope to have more news on that very soon. In the meantime, as we celebrate World Theatre Day, here’s a little of what CFT has been up to over the last week.
To encourage people to keep their creative juices flowing, we’ve launched the Five Day Play, inviting people to respond to a different brief each week with a short play of no more than 10 pages. It’s open to all ages, and each week one winning writer will have their play posted on the CFT website and receive professional feedback on their work.
We’ve created Digital Arts Award resource packs so that children and young people can complete an Arts Award project from home over the coming weeks.
To help the NHS and local charities, we’ve offered our 11-bedroom house, normally used to accommodate creative teams, to St Richard’s Hospital for use by medical staff; and offered our vans to food rescue charity UK Harvest for deliveries, while our staff have been volunteering to clear their new warehouse space and give out food parcels.
Chichester Festival Youth Theatre members are writing letters and creating artwork for residents of the local Wellington Grange care home; and our Learning, Education and Participation (LEAP) team are phoning users of our ‘CFT Buddies’ scheme and participants of our adult community programmes to make sure they are supported and hearing a friendly voice.
We’ve created a list of online resources to help families looking for ways to entertain kids at home, and of recommendations for mental health and wellbeing: from practical tips for coping with anxiety to links to free yoga and dance sessions.
And if you're able to consider a donation to support our work through this challenging time, we'd be hugely grateful.
Thank you for all your support – stay well.