A statement from Rifco Theatre Company in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.
In light of recent government guidance, Rifco Theatre Company has taken the difficult decision to postpone our British Asian Festival due to take place in early June. Watford Palace Theatre is also postponing the forthcoming April run of Abigail’s Party until 2021, due to be directed by our Artistic Director, Pravesh Kumar.
These are not decisions that Rifco has made lightly, but ones that we do feel are necessary during these uncertain times. The welfare of our audience, performers and staff is paramount.
In line with Arts Council guidance, we will continue to honour all contracts previously agreed with freelance actors, artists and creatives, who are facing great uncertainty in this challenging period.
However, we fully intend to continue creating and sharing our work with our audience. Our creative team will be delivering a programme of Rifco Digital content, including the opportunity to stream a Rifco show online, enjoy our music videos and engage with new digital resources.
We are also fully committed to supporting our recently announced 2020 Rifco Associates for the next 12 months, with events, activities and online training to continue the development of these talented writers. Pravesh will also be working on our next musical for 2021 and with several playwrights on upcoming 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 could not do this work without you. We would greatly appreciate it if you felt able to continue your support for our work, both on and off stage, through our Friends and Family scheme, and through making one-off donations, although we do appreciate the financial pressure some of us will be experiencing during this time. Thank you sincerely for your ongoing support.
We hope you keep well and healthy, and we look forward to sharing more exciting new work soon.
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From all of us at Team Rifco