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Supporting LGBTQ+ artists and communities post-lockdown

Over the past year we’ve been working hard to build Dibby Theatre into a sustainable company that will continue to provide new and exciting shows, digital stories and events as well as radically inclusive training and development opportunities for LGBTQ+ and working class artists and communities.

And despite losing all our income from ticket sales and the funding landscape becoming increasingly challenging, since last March we have…

  • Published our award-winning show First Time with Nick Hern Books and are in the process of booking our biggest UK tour to date (every copy bought from directly contributes to supporting the tour).

  • We’ve continued to tackle HIV stigma and shame though our community-led creative outreach programme In Equal Parts – an initiative that has reached 5.7K people in person and over 57K people through online events.

  • We’re developing two brand new shows: The Alleyway of Dreams by Chris Hoyle and Toxic by Nathaniel Hall.

  • And we’ve just launched our brand-new talent development programme First Dibs – a course for early-stage career LGBTQ+ writers from Greater Manchester, and Dibby’s Pick and Mix, a series of online workshops by celebrated LGBTQ+ playmakers and writers.

The LGBTQ+ Community Arts Recovery Fund

During the month of April we ran a crowd funding campaign to help us continue to build Dibby Theatre into a sustainable arts business.

Our target was £3k, but thanks to your generous donations we made a final total of £3,745!

We are over the moon to be able to invest this money back into the work we deliver.

  • £500 will ensure we can pay the community participants we’re working with on In Equal Parts a proper fee for their time, emotional labour and creativity.

  • £500 will ensure we can continue to offer ACTUP+Live, our digital creative workshop tackling HIV stigma and shame, free of charge to schools and community groups across the country for another 6 months.

  • £500 will allow us to offer a up to 100 free places to LGBTQ+ and working-class artists to attend our workshops and training opportunities across the next year.

  • £500 will support the process of booking the autumn tour of First Time, helping us navigate the challenges of presenting work during the Covid-19 pandemic and ensuring that the show’s important educational message about ending HIV stigma and shame continues to have an impact across the U.K.

  • £500 will pay for essential web page development, subscription costs and ongoing marketing to help us build our profile online, widening the impact of both our theatre productions and community outreach and talent development work.

  • £500 will allow us to offer drop-in writing and career development surgeries for LGBTQ+ and working-class artists as they rebuild their careers post Covid-19.

And the additional £745 we made will contribute to the purchasing of essential digital equipment to improve access for our staff, freelancers and participants.

On behalf of all the future audiences, artists and communities that will benefit from your donations we want to say: Thank You.


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