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A letter from Mercury Creative Director, Ryan McBryde

I hope this finds you in the best of health and keeping safe during these difficult times. I’m writing to you today to keep you updated about the progress of the Mercury. As you’re no doubt aware, the global pandemic…

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Essex joins forces for LGBTQ+ History Month

This February it’s all about LGBTQ+ History Month. We’ll be celebrating the works and artistry of our LGBTQ+ creative family through a series of exciting activities coming up .

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Ten actors in colourful costumes, posed in an arrowhead formation, each raising a fist in the air.

Mercury Amongst Prestigious National Arts Organisations in Funding Win

The Mercury has been successful in its bid for funding as part of Garfield Weston’s £30 million ‘Weston Culture Fund’.

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Rehearsals for Pieces of String at the Mercury Theatre. One participant holds a script and gives direction to a younger participant while a third watches on.

Applications open for Mercury Creatives: Support for freelancers, artists and creative businesses across the South East struggling with the effects of COVID-19.

We are excited to announce that applications to join the final cohort of our business development programme, Mercury Creatives, are now open. True to our commitment to artists and freelancers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mercury Creatives offers mentoring, training and networking opportunities to creative businesses, freelancers and self-employed artists across Essex, East Sussex, Kent and Suffolk.

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Four actors, mid-rehearsal

Mercury Theatre awarded £120,000 Wolfson Foundation funding support to safely reopen

The Mercury Theatre is delighted to have secured a grant of £120,000 from the Wolfson Foundation to support the theatre’s Covid-recovery and reopening in 2021.

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Mercury Rising

Cultural Capital Kickstart success will enable our transformed theatre to reopen

The Mercury Theatre and Colchester Borough Council are celebrating following the announcement that they have secured an award of £864,000 from Arts Council England as an investment in Colchester that will enable the theatre to be completed and re-open following its £10 million Mercury Rising refurbishment project.

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Christmas Carolling

Christmas Carolling at Colchester Care Homes

December has seen the first of our Christmas Carolling events for seven care homes across Colchester. Adam and Jenna from the Mercury team are attempting to bring warmth and joy to care home residents this Christmas, even while singing outside in the rain to ensure that current guidelines are followed. The first of these concerts has been met with wonderful positivity (and participation!) from the residents of Aveley Lodge Residential Care Home.

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