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In Praise of Freelancers

We love freelancers at the Mercury. We couldn’t survive without them. Nor would we want to. They are a special breed. Used to working in many different and varied organisations, they are adaptable, open to change, immediately friendly and at…

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Mercury Youth Theatre – End of Term Round Up

In March, the Coronavirus pandemic meant that our regular Youth Theatre sessions had to stop to ensure our young people’s safety. At the time, our young people had been working on different plays in preparation for their end of term…

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Our Response To the Government’s Support Package for the Arts

Yesterday evening, the Government announced a £1.57 billion support package to help the UKs Arts Sector, including theatres, museums and galleries, to weather the effects of the Covid pandemic. The Mercury Theatre is just one of the thousands of arts…

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Pride celebrations – A God Walks Into A Gay Bar by Matt Gurr

To celebrate the month of Pride we’d like to share an original piece written by one of our very own #MercuryPlaywrights Matt Gurr read by William McGeough. Matt Gurr – Writer Matt Gurr is a playwright from Essex, now based…

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Mercury Theatre Supports Local Artist in National Freelance Task Force

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…

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We’ll see you after the interval! – An open letter from Steve Mannix & Tracey Childs

On behalf of everyone here at the Mercury we do hope that you, your family and your friends are managing to stay safe and well in these very strange and challenging times. In the last few weeks and months all…

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VE Day 2020 Celebrations

We are delighted to be able to honour and celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day within our community this Friday, with a range of exciting, safe, socially distanced and online performances. On Friday afternoon, we have arranged for local…

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