A statement from Rifco Theatre Company in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Updated 13 August 2020
The past four months have been a really difficult time for all of us, our audience, our supporters and funders, our venue network, our theatre colleagues, and in particular the freelance artists and creatives who make the work with us.
However, at Rifco, we have been able to continue creating and sharing work with our audience, delivering a free Rifco Digital programme including Mushy: Lyrically Speaking, the film and the music video, The Desi Lockdown, five stories from five British South Asian artists and our Brunch with a Playwright series of Q&As with celebrated playwrights. And over the next few months, there is more to come: Leave the Plastic On, comedy sketches and GenerAsians, extraordinary migration stories.
Ameet Chana, our Associate Director is supporting our seven Rifco Associates, with events, activities and online training to continue the development of these talented writers. Pravesh Kumar, Artistic Director, is working on our next musical for 2022 with lyricist Tasha Taylor Johnson and composer Niraj Chag and[EM1] he has several playwrights commissioned to develop scripts for future productions.
It is a very challenging time for the theatre industry. As a registered charity which relies on the support of its audiences, friends and donors, we greatly appreciate the continued support we have received. If you do feel able to donate either through our Friends and Family scheme, or through making one-off donations, it will all go towards making new work to share with you!
Rifco stands side by side with the Black Lives Matter movement and we’re very aware that the impact of Covid-19 on the British South Asian and Black communities is higher than in other communities. We are looking at ways of getting a more accessible message out there alongside other partners.
We hope you all keep well and healthy, and we look forward to sharing more exciting new work soon.
From all of us at Team Rifco