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Culture Recovery Fund

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (stf) is delighted to share with you that we have been awarded grant funding from the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund.

This further award of £25,000 from DCMS and Arts Council England contributes to our reopening between April and June, with a small, livestream performance planned at Tobacco Factory Theatres 26-28 May – more details announced soon – and welcoming audiences safely in person. Please follow this link for further information about our New Spring Plans 2021.

The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.

Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”

stf Creative Associate Elizabeth Freestone, said:

‘Thank you, ACE and DCMS for supporting us at this trickiest of times, as we begin to take the next steps towards safely welcoming audiences back to live performances. This funding will allow us to engage communities, create new partnerships, and support actors, artists and creative teams as they channel their creativity in entertaining and innovative new ways to bring us all together. Collectively, we can help each other begin to make sense of what we’ve been through.’

stf Executive Director Morag Massey, said:

‘This much needed support received through the second round of the Cultural Recovery Fund between April and June, allows us to continue to pursue exciting opportunities for freelancers and to reconnect with audiences.’

Stf History and Future Plans

Formed in 1999 by Andrew Hilton and registered as a charity in 2004, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (stf) has worked hard to earn its reputation as a professional, ensemble theatre company offering a dynamic touring and education programme in the UK and overseas.

Since its first productions 22 years ago, stf has presented 42 celebrated, accessible interpretations of Shakespeare and classical productions, achieving consistently high attendance and critical acclaim from audiences and the press.

‘This production does what stf have been doing for most of those 20 years: delivering Shakespeare’s words in a way that makes them totally comprehensible and engaging for a modern audience … as if they had been written last week and not 400 years ago. Toby Morse, Bristol 24/7 on Much Ado About Nothing (2019) Directed by Elizabeth Freestone.

In 2018 Elizabeth Freestone directed Henry V which premiered at Bath Theatre Royal Ustinov Studio before touring widely across the UK – including a fourth consecutive visit to the Neuss Shakespeare Festival in Germany. Elizabeth’s critically acclaimed Much Ado About Nothing celebrated stf’s 20th anniversary in 2019.

We will release our first series of Podcasts ‘What Would Shakespeare Do?’ in early April this year, followed by a small, livestreamed performance at Tobacco Factory Theatres, 26-28 May, welcoming audiences safely in person. More details will be announced soon.

Funds received in round one also enabled the freelance fundraising support of Caroline Green to work with us on this application as well as supporting further applications submitted to trusts and grants this year.

stf is an independent theatre company and charity – now in its 22nd year – that relies on income from box office sales, as well as support from its membership schemes, trusts and grants and sponsorship each year to survive. We are working hard to ensure that we can continue to offer our professional productions, which offer rare opportunities to scores of actors, many recent graduates, freelancers and creatives.

Please follow this link if you are able to offer a donation of any amount to support us during this difficult time – SUPPORT US   – With our warmest thanks for your valuable support.

PHOTO: Georgia Frost as Don Jon and Sexton and Alex Wilson as Borachio and Friar, Much Ado About Nothing directed by Elizabeth Freestone 2019. Photographer Camilla Adams.