The Everyman Theatre has launched a public appeal to raise the last of the money needed to ensure future generations of talent in the city are given support.
The ‘Everyone for Everyman’ appeal was announced as a way to give supporters of the theatre a chance to donate money to give young actresses and actors the opportunity to develop their skills.
Alongside the project, the money donated will also go towards the rebuilding of the theatre, which began earlier this month, and contributors have been offered the chance to have a seat named after them in acknowledgement.
Dominic Beaumont, the Communications and Media Officer of the Everyman theatre, told JMU Journalism: “An investment in the young talent in the region and an investment in ensuring international quality culture remains at the heart of this city.”
He added: “The new Everyman building will provide a number of physical spaces that will help future generations. This includes a dedicated space for our Young Everyman Playhouse members, which will also be used extensively for community engagement.
"There will be a writers' hub that will also nurture future playwrights. Most importantly the new building will offer a building that can achieve longevity and produce the type of groundbreaking work that will inspire future generations.”
The renovation has been described by City Council leader Joe Anderson as a “a vital redevelopment for the city’s future” and the theatre already has 98% of the funding it needs to complete the project, but officials are looking to fans of the Everyman to offer their support.
David Morrissey, who started his acting life in the Everyman Youth Theatre and returned last May to play Macbeth in the last production before redevelopment, agrees that the Everyman is an exceptional environment for young people and new work.
He said: “The Everyman provided me and many others with the courage to follow our dreams and pursue a career in the theatre. Now it can do the same for a whole new generation and act as a creative heart in the city.”
By Erin McLoughlin, Website Editor
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