Our commitment to creating healthy, vibrant, and culturally rich places for people is as strong as ever, that’s why we value and support our partnerships.
A huge part of this, is our deep rooted relationships with arts and culture organisations across our regions. And as we look forward to the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting ceremony next week (Monday 4th November), we’re celebrating the work of the theatre companies we are proud to support.
In Liverpool, we have supported the Everyman and Playhouse (e&P) for over five years, engaging our customers, colleagues and communities with the exciting projects, major developments and new work being produced at the e&P.
The theatre has recently announced its ten year strategy, putting Liverpool’s communities at its heart, acting as a platform for them to share their stories. The e&P aspire to continue developing as an open and plural platform for the city’s creativity, expanding opportunities for new talent, new work, and civic engagement, particularly from those that are disadvantaged or marginalised.
Central to the e&P’s ethos is the notion that theatres should be for everyone, and the organisation proactively builds paths to reach young people from some of the most socially and economically deprived wards in the UK. So much so, that Arts Council England has cited them as an exemplar and national lead in embedding young people into an organisation.
We are immensely proud to work with an organisation so dedicated to continuous outreach work in the community. Since the Young Everyman Playhouse (YEP) was established seven years ago, the team has used arts, literacy and theatre skills to support children and young people to engage in their city. This work enables them to change the trajectory of their lives, reach their potential, and establishes the theatre-makers and creative industry workforce of the future.
Over 200 young people are currently engaged in the YEP strands (Actors, Producers, Technicians, Marketers, Writers) and, along with its outreach projects, the e&P has worked with 70,000 participants in the last two years.
Kate Vokes, Director of Social Impact at Bruntwood said: “The aims of the Everyman and Playhouse align perfectly with our own as a business, creating a vibrant, accessible space for all to enjoy, working to solve the skills and talent gap, and contributing massively to community development and social inclusion aspirations of the region.”
Artistic Director, Gemma Bodinetz said: “We are delighted to have been corporate partners with Bruntwood for a number of years. We share a vision of positive social change through the arts and look forward to working more closely on projects in the future that can make a real difference to how we develop artists and the relevance and variety of the stories we tell.”
Liverpool e&P develops progressive projects which not only engage and support the community, create debate, and explore issues that affect us all. It also, most importantly, gives the most marginalised among communities a voice. At Bruntwood, we are proud to support a third of the 12 producing theatres left in the UK - helping them to deliver their key priorities and maintain their outreach and artist development initiatives.