Olivia Colman and Phoebe Waller-Bridge launch new fund to support theatre artists displaced by pandemic
The fund will offer grants of up to £3000
A brand new support fund has been launched by Olivia Colman and Phoebe Waller-Bridge to support artists displaced during the pandemic.
The Theatre Community Fund, conceived by Waller-Bridge, Colman and producer Francesca Moody, will help those in need both during the current pandemic and afterwards, when opportunities and funding remain sparse. It will be dispersed and monitored by The Royal Theatrical Fund (RTF) in partnership with the Fleabag Support Fund (FSF).
Thus far £500,000 has been raised for the scheme, with an additional £500,000 in pledges from founder donations (for a total of £1million). This will be given out in grants of up to £3000. Donors aiding the scheme will be doing so by providing an initial lump sum and fixed, confidential percentages of their incomes over the next two years.
Those who have aided the initiative include:
Emma Freud and Richard Curtis
Ian McKellen, Sean Mathias and ATG Productions from funds raised by Ian McKellen On Stage
Meera Syal and Sanjeev Bhaskar
Russell T Davies
Jodie Whittaker and Christian Contreras