Bristol Theatre News

Tobacco Factory Theatres Fundraising to Save Future

The South Bristol based theatre is asking for public donations to ensure its survival

Tobacco Factory Theatres says it is ‘fighting’ to keep the organisation going due to losses incurred by coronavirus closures.

The theatre, on Raleigh Road in the Southville area of Bristol, is comprised of the main factory theatre and the Spielman Theatre. It stopped all of its performances on Tuesday 17 March.

A small team has been working to reschedule as many performances as possible, with most of the staff on furloughed leave.

The theatre, which receives just 05 per cent of its income from public funding, had been preparing for its 20th birthday celebrations. But with no audiences spending money on tickets or at the bar, the charity is struggling to stay afloat.

Tobacco Factory Theatres is not just a producing theatre or venue, it works with children and young people to make theatre and arts training in Bristol more accessible, as well as providing outreach sessions in other areas.

A statement from the theatre says: ‘When this crisis is over we want Tobacco Factory Theatres to continue to be a welcoming home for creative adventures and human connection. We want everybody to be able to experience the life-changing power of the arts and we want to continue presenting innovative and entertaining shows for all ages.

‘A donation of any amount will help us secure the future of the theatre and create new opportunities for the communities who benefit from our existence.’

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