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A Statement from our Chief Executive, Iain Barr

Thu 7th May 2020

Update Thursday 7th May 2020 -

As we approached our birthday in March, none of us could have imagined the terrible circumstances we now face together. Since we opened in 2001, so many of you – patrons, performers, artists, partnership groups and funders – have played your part in making the Waterside Theatre an integral part of the North West’s cultural and civic life.

The conditions within which we have worked over the past 20 years to achieve our goal – “to make high quality arts accessible to everyone” – don’t exist at present due to the unprecedented public health emergency. Waterside Theatre has a small, tightly knit team who care greatly about the work we do and the lives of the people we are here to serve. Temporarily closing our doors has been very emotional on us all, we miss seeing and chatting to all our visitors, young and old. However, we know that by closing we will help our community tackle the Coronavirus together, which is the most important thing right now.

Given the restrictions of lockdown, we have been working hard over the last seven weeks to reschedule as many events as possible we had planned for you during Spring – please keep checking our website and social media platforms for updates.

We have also been using the time to devise different ways to engage with you. Last week we launched online classes for children, young people, adults and older people involving music and movement, visual arts, drama and creative writing. In the coming weeks, we will continue to use our digital platforms to spark creativity, inspire and entertain you during “the new norm”. With this in mind, in June, to keep our youngest patrons happy, we will be bringing you a virtual children’s festival, featuring some of the North West’s finest talent, including Banyan Puppet Theatre, Boris & Ricardo, the Makey Uppers and Jo Jingles. And one of our own patrons, the wonderful Margaret Keys, will soon be announcing details of a very special concert from the Waterside Theatre that you will be able to stream right into your living room.

I’d like to finish by saying a huge thank you to our customers and supporters for the many kind words and messages of support we have received, they really have touched us. And I’d like to especially thank those of you who have agreed to support us by donating some or all of your advance ticket payments instead of taking refunds – this is what community in action is all about and we couldn’t be more thankful. Be assured, every pound will make a difference to the children, young people, adults and older people from different backgrounds and all abilities we engage with as we navigate these uncertain times.

Until we can welcome you in person once again to the Waterside Theatre, please continue to take care and keep safe.