It’s almost nine months since the first lockdown came into place in March and we left our office to work from home. As we approach the end of our second national lockdown and the end of 2020, we reflect on the unprecedented challenges this year has presented to us all.
Despite the enormous stress of navigating a COVID-19 world, our commitment to creating and sharing work with our audience has not wavered. We’re incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last nine months. We've delivered a free digital programme which included Mushy: Lyrically Speaking, The Desi Lockdown, and our Brunch with a Playwright series. We recently held a virtual Q and A with Artistic Director, Pravesh Kumar called The Story of Rifco Theatre Company, where he spoke about his journey from Artist to Artistic Director and the genesis of Rifco.We are also on a bit of a high from our recent success at the Asian Media Awards, where Mushy won in the Best Stage Production category!
More is still to come. We will soon be debuting a brand-new series of comedy sketches, as well as a project that will profile extraordinary migration stories. Our Associate Director, Ameet Chana continues to support our seven Rifco Associates, with workshops, masterclasses and one to one support. Artistic Director, Pravesh Kumar is working on a number of exciting new commissions and productions for 2021 and beyond.
This year has been difficult for many other reasons. Earlier this spring, we were horrified by the brutal murder of George Floyd and very much supported the protests and demonstrations that followed. Like many others, we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement as we know all too well that racism is still a significant issue in British society and very much present in our industry. We remain committed to shining a light on this conversation, and holding ourselves and our industry to account. We can and need to do better.
As a registered charity, we appreciate the continued support we have received throughout the year. Any support you can provide through our Friends and Family scheme, or through one-off donations, would be very much appreciated. It will all go towards making new work to share with you - both digitally but also in theatres once it is safe to do so.