Earlier today I signed up to the #mytheatrematters campaign: http://www.mytheatrematters.com/
Why? Because I believe my theatre matters. And yours. And I believe our country would be immeasurably poorer (in every sense) without them.
My local theatre, as well as the city of Lancaster, serves a wide-spread rural community in a network of small towns and villages. It has a high quality and varied programme of live productions – classics, new writing, pantomime, live music, stand-up comedy, children’s shows, touring shows; it screens a wide range of films; it hosts and produces exhibitions and talks; it houses a cafe and bar; it supports new and emerging artists; it has a thriving youth theatre. Its audiences are good and demographically diverse and it aims to encourage this still further through schemes such as a Young People’s Pass. It undoubtedly adds to the local community’s life.
It should never have to justify its existence or fight for its survival. Nor should any of the great producing theatres in this country.
For a wider discussion of the role of theatre and culture in our society, please read my previous blog “My Case For Culture”, which was inspired by The Guardian’s Case For Culture: http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture-professionals-network/culture-professionals-blog/interactive/2012/dec/07/case-for-culture-100-voices?fb=nativeby
I hope that you – like me – will support our theatres. They need us – and we need them!