Mercury Theatre Supports Local Artist in National Freelance Task Force

Michelle for Wesbite

We are delighted to have joined forces with a number of leading cultural organisations, such as Fuel Theatre, Complicité and The National Theatre, and will be supporting Essex-based freelance artist Michelle Payne as she joins a national task force initiative for self-employed theatre and performance makers.

The purpose of the task force is to strengthen the influence of the self-employed theatre and performance community. With the aim to create ongoing points of connection between freelancers and organisations, and amplify the voice of the self-employed in the conversations to come.

Alongside financial help, Michelle will be able to call upon our team to feed into the process as requested, and will be able to use our organisation as a resource should she want to.

Together with our co-signers, we want to offer a message of hope and solidarity. Our well-practised ability to work together, to form connections, and build relationships will help us through this. One day, hopefully soon, we will all be able to meet together, as people have done for centuries, in a shared space, for a shared experience.

Ryan McBryde (Creative Director) said “At the Mercury Theatre we are dedicated to supporting freelancers within the theatre community. After working with Michelle last year, when she joined us on a three month placement through the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme to be our assistant director on our Pantomime, Cinderella, we can’t wait to start working with her again, and help to support her during this uncertain time.”

You can find out more about the initiative and read the open letter here.

For an easy to read accessible version by Access All Areas please click here.


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