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Technical Theatre Staff Support Fund

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My name is Richard, I have worked in Technical Theatre and Theatre industry for 14 years. I have worked with some amazing people and in some amazing venues and now find myself working as a workshop supervisor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. I am in a relatively secure position, with time on my hands and a need to help those that matter to me.

Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, freelance technical theatre staff across the country have found themselves out of work and hugely out of pocket. Friends and colleagues past and present find themselves unable to receive funding through the HMRC self employment support scheme and most will have no work for months to come. Whilst other branches within the industry appear able to access funding through bodies such as Arts Council England, it appears that the freelance staff that the industry relies on are slipping through the cracks and finding themselves experiencing serious hardship. We are on the verge of losing many workers from the industry who simply cannot afford to sit it out and wait for the restart.
From Production managers right through to recently graduated scenic artists, the whole body of freelance staff need support.
I have set up this Fund to try and help as many people as I can. Be it a months rent payment, groceries or larger support to ensure staff are ready and available to get back to the amazing work they do when it is safe to do so.
I am starting the process of setting up an official Charity to hopefully bring in larger funds to help more individuals.
Please give anything you can to help these amazing, hard working people. Without them the show wont go on.

The target set is by no means the amount needed to support everyone. It is a start and one I hope will develop to to keep the industry going.


Richard T Parr

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