12 Feb Cultural Recovery Fund News
Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (stf) is delighted to share with you that we have been awarded £50,000 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure we have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today.
stf is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.
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 tenaciously to earn its reputation as a professional, ensemble theatre company offering a dynamic touring and education programme in the UK and overseas.
Over the past 20 years 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.
Funding received will enable a sustainable reopening that will allow stf to refresh regional UK and international touring partnerships and refine our existing business plan with freelance opportunities, audience engagement and outreach activity at its heart. We will launch a fundraising campaign and identify government and other initiatives to offer roles for young people where possible as part of the economic recovery.
stf Executive Director Morag Massey, said:
‘We are delighted to have been offered crucial support through Cultural Recovery Funding at a critical point in time for the charity. Funding will enable us to pursue opportunities for freelancers, audiences and participants, as well as supporting regional touring and continuing our commitment to offer exciting outreach and engagement activities.’
stf is an independent theatre company and charity – now in its 21st 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.