#theatrefor1poundPosted by: Richard Abbey
The arts is one of the industries hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. Theatres and live venues closed their doors in March and have barely opened since - and there's still no fixed date in place for when they can resume schedules.
Fundraiser Victoria Smith is a huge arts fan and set out to show them support with her campaign, #theatrefor1pound.
“I launched #theatrefor1pound to help the arts, in particular Northern Ballet and Leeds Playhouse," she said. "Theatre is for everyone and I wanted to encourage as many people as possible to help in a small way. The idea was that if everyone gave a £1 it would make a collective difference and the aim is to hopefully help other Dance Companies and theatres too."
"Theatre is an instrumental part of life that has been here for hundreds of years and needs to be allowed to thrive and lovingly preserved.
"Our daughter Izzy is a student at The Academy of Northern Ballet on the Centre for Advanced Training Programme, the professional scheme. Students train in the same building as the Company, a unique set up and allows them to be immersed in the “Ballet World”. They have opportunities to watch Company class and see choreographers and musicians at work. It’s a very inspirational environment. Therefore being so involved we have see how this sector has been dramatically affected.
"I am conscious we are all struggling and each individual and every industry has been affected by this situation, so wanted people to feel comfortable to donate a £1 as empathetic towards everyone’s circumstances."
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