Welcome to our recap of the great theatrical contributions we had for the Digithon Drama stage over the weekend including work from Theatr na nŌg.
The crowdfunder to raise the money for an emergency fund to help artists and freelancers who have been financially impacted by the cancellation of work is STILL LIVE. And You can donate here.
National Dance Company Wales – film of P.A.R.A.D.E. + Tundra
Wales Millennium Centre presents Man to Man
National Dance Company Wales dancers present Dancing Together Whilst Apart
Zosia Jo’s Fabulous Animal
Theatr na nŌg presents Tom: The Musical
And we also had a host of social media only performances, most notably, Straight Outta Drama School, where Wales Arts Review asked a selection of top Welsh performers to resurrect their “go-to” monologue from the earliest days of stepping out into the industry for our Digithon. All of these are now available to watch on our YouTube channel.
At Wales Arts Review we believe a healthy thriving creative culture is the backbone of any progressive society. It is clear now that in the wake of the outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus, that many people who are vital contributors to the arts and culture of Wales will be taking significant financial hits as a result of necessary decisions taken to counteract the spread of the illness. Working as a freelancer in the arts is more often than not a precarious financial balancing act, particularly in Wales, and so Wales Arts Review is launching this crowdfunder in order to raise an emergency hardship fund for people struggling to make ends meet over the next few weeks due to the cancellation or postponement of projects brought about by Covid-19.
As the disruptions continue to intensify, it is important to remember many artists and workers in the creative industry are self-employed, and will be unable to collect an income as live events, workshops, and productions are cancelled or postponed indefinitely. At Wales Arts Review we have heard of many stories of people now being unable to pay rent or put food the table. We believe it is the responsibility of government, and in many cases the governing bodies of arts funding, to take a lead on these issues, and while we wait for that, Wales Arts Review wants to provide a space for the public to help alleviate some of the anxiety and hardship that is becoming widespread at the moment.