Who are we??
We are 2 people who work in the West End who have decided to try and put our sudden free time to good use and raise some much needed money for these charities. Over the last couple of weeks we have come up with this idea, designed the shirt, sought the approval of all of the relevant producers, got that approval. Found suppliers for the items, built a website, learnt about integrating shipping, built a new website when the shipping wouldn’t integrate. Tapped lots of friends and contacts for marketing help, social media help, animated content for social media and people from the theatre community in SE London to come and help us pack shirts to keep the costs low. (employing social distancing!). It’s been a team effort and without the help of everyone involved we would never have got to this point.
We’ve learnt a lot and now we hope that we can raise a lot of money.
The serious bit…
On March 16th 2020 due to the International Coronavirus Pandemic the UK Government advised the public to avoid large gatherings. As a result SOLT and UK Theatre made the decision to close all theatres across the country. On March 20th the Government officially closed all theatres for an indefinite period.
This has caused huge disruptions to the lives of thousands of people working in the theatre industry across the UK. Actors, Directors, Designers, Stage Managers, Lighting, Sound and Video Teams, Wardrobe and Wigs Teams, Stage Crews, Production Managers Props and Costume Supervisors, Front of House Staff, Box Office Staff, Stage Door Keepers… The list goes on and on.
We have set up the `Theatre Support Fund+’ as a way to make some money for these 3 important charities.
Acting For Others
For every successful actor, there are hundreds of performers, backstage and front-of-house theatre staff who are not so fortunate. They may be suffering from illness, disability, or be caring for children with special needs. Many in our industry lend their support or put their name to other good causes but, like any profession, we also try to take care of our own.
Fleabag Support Fund
The Fleabag Support Fund will partner with charities responding to the Coronavirus Covid-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.
NHS COVID-19 Urgent Appeal
There are more than 250 NHS charities across the UK and most of them focus on helping our hospitals do more. Collectively these charities give £1 million every day to the NHS so that people can stay well for longer and get better faster. In recent years NHS charities have funded major capital projects, pioneering research and medical equipment at our hospitals, helping patients access the best possible care when they need it most.
We would like to thank the many people that have helped to bring this project to life in such a short period of time:
Tali Pelman, Stage Entertainment and the Producers of Tina The Musical.
Stacey Mindich, Adam Speers and the Producers of Dear Evan Hansen.
Nica Burns and the Producers of Everyone’s Talking about Jamie.
Kenny Wax and the Producers of Six the Musical.
Cameron Mackintosh, Jeffrey Seller and the Producers of Hamilton.
Sonia Friedman and the Producers of The Book of Mormon.
Playful Productions and the Producers of Wicked. ©WLPL
Andre Ptaszynski and the Producers of Matilda the Musical.
Theresa Steel, Tim Headington, Rebecca Quigley and the Producers of & Juliet the Musical.
Cameron Mackintosh and the Producers of Les Miserables.
DreamWorks Theatricals and the Producers of The Prince of Egypt. ©DWA LLC
Disney Theatrical Productions and the Producers of the The Lion King
Junkyard Dog Productions, Smith and Brant Theatricals, and the Producers of Come From Away.
Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Group and the Producers of The Phantom of the Opera.
Disney Theatrical Productions, Cameron Mackintosh and the Producers of Mary Poppins
Judy Cramer, Littlestar Services and the Producers of Mamma Mia!
Everyone at AKA, Dewynters, Muse Creative, Luke Shires Marketing and all at the Producers offices for help with artwork supply.
James and the team at Sine Digital
Finn at Fray Studio for animated graphics
MarcusHall Props for providing a base for distribution
Thank you all.
Theatre Support Fund+ Team