Hello from the remote-working Gate Team!
Our theatre will remain closed for now, and we are currently working with a reduced staff team as many of our valued colleagues are furloughed under the Government’s job retention scheme. Bear with us if things take a little longer than usual.
At this time our priority is to take care of the amazing people – staff and freelancers – that make the Gate so special.
We are hoping to reopen again in January 2021 – and plan to announce the details of that in September.
Our priority at this time is interrogating every aspect of our work towards becoming a truly anti-racist organisation, in response to the Black Lives Matter Movement, and also to the #pulluporshutup project. Here’s some further information on the data we’ve collated in response to this call out, and an update on where we’re at so far with this work.
Alongside that, we are developing work to share with you online between now and then, developing future projects with artists, our young associates, and the Harrow Club: starting to imagine what the future might look like. Check out the links below for more information.
We’d like to also take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone who has reached out to us with support, to the Arts Council, Jerwood Arts, our local partners, our Board of trustees, and our other stakeholders for their understanding and proactive response at this time, and to all of you for staying in touch.
We really look forward to welcoming you back to the Gate soon.
Take care of yourselves and each other,
Ellen and The Gate Team x
Look Around: Stories from Home
Back in January, as part of the Gate’s partnership with the Harrow Club, Lucy Dear and Yasmin Joseph began making a piece of theatre with youth groups at the Harrow Club. Due to COVID19, their rehearsals and performance had to be cancelled. To continue to engage the group, Lucy and Yasmin have created this digital resource – Look Around: Stories at Home – to help them continue to tell stories using objects they can find at home. The resource is open to everyone, so get involved!
Black Lives Matter
On Monday 1 June we published a statement on the Black Lives Matter protests around the world.
Update 24/07/20: Our priority at this time is interrogating every aspect of our work towards becoming a truly anti-racist organisation, in response to the Black Lives Matter Movement, and also to the #pulluporshutup project. Here’s some further information on the data we’ve collated in response to this call out, and an update on where we’re at so far with this work.
We’re really aware of how challenging this moment is for artists and the wider freelance theatre community. Our team members who are currently furloughed have volunteered their time to support any freelancers out there with advice or support. If you need help with applying for funding, re-thinking budgets for projects you have in development, or would just like a general 1:1 catch up let us know and we can put you in touch with one of our brilliant team who work in fundraising, producing and general management.
Email email@example.com with your requests/questions and we’ll do our best to help out.
FROM OUR ARCHIVE
These were recorded for archiving purposes only – we are working on securing rights to share a few more – watch this space. These videos were recorded by Jim Glaub – thanks Jim! And have all been captioned by Josh Pharo – thanks Josh!
Every year, the Gate Young Associates come together to work on a Summer Project to conclude their annual programme of workshops, mentoring sessions and theatre opportunities. Using their talents across writing, performance, directing, and dance we have staged work both at the Gate and in outside of our space in the local area. This summer, as we celebrate our 40th Birthday, the Young Associates are delving into our archives to identify plays from our history to revive for our audiences. So far, we’re ploughing ahead with workshops on Zoom and we’ve found some great scenes and stories to share. We also did a great skills workshop with casting director Lotte Hines – thanks Lotte!
With performances suspended until further notice to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the lack of
ticket sales will have a huge mpact on our future as a company. If you can, please consider donating
to the Gate Theatre.
Your contribution, however large or small, will enable us to work with our community of artists through this difficult interim period to produce online content and stay connected with you, our audience, enabling freelancers to continue to work while our theatres are closed.
Most importantly, it will help secure our future, and our ability to come back from this moment and make groundbreaking international work, when the communal experience of theatre will be most needed.
40 years in 40 weeks
Each week since the opening of our 40th Season we’ve been sharing clippings, stories and photos from our Archive. Follow on it on twiiter .We’ve just made it to the last decade – and we’ve got some exciting stories to share coming up.