Save Nuffield Southampton Theatres

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SAVE NUFFIELD SOUTHAMPTON THEATRES
 
We, the undersigned, call on Southampton City Council to ensure that Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST), and all that it stands for, is preserved for the future of the city and to lobby Arts Council England to ringfence its funding for the work of the Trust.

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Preserve its work on and off stage
 
For nearly 60 years, NST has had a profound impact on its communities, including scores of children and young people. Its support for local talent is undisputed, from its youth theatre programmes that have been a springboard for many, to the Make It SO fringe festivals designed as seedbeds for homegrown creativity.
 
Over recent years, it has committed itself to commissioning and producing new plays that bring to life the stories of Southampton. The critically acclaimed THE SHADOW FACTORY shone a light on one of the city’s most poignant stories and quite literally put the community at the heart of the production. SS MENDI drew on its links with South Africa with a production that transferred to the Royal Opera House.
 
At the same time, it has been dedicated to a quality and boldness of design, performance and storytelling that flies the flag for the city around the country and was the backbone of the recently announced bid for City of Culture 2025. The Regional Theatre of the Year in 2015, it has toured the world with award-winning new musicals and regularly transferred work into London.
 
Protect Jobs
 
Building long-lasting engagement with communities, developing the talents and confidence of young people,  producing plays, growing audiences; all that NST stands for is only possible because of its workforce. From invaluable relationships with the city’s communities to the expertise of the theatre’s technical and producing departments, all of this could potentially be lost overnight. Not to mention the hundreds of freelance and self-employed artists and theatre-makers it provides jobs and opportunities for. 

Save Nuffield
 
Eighty years ago, the Spitfire was at the heart of Southampton and British life. A nationally backed government programme supported by local talent and determination saw it rise again to be the icon of resistance and hope for the future.  This important story, in which people came together to build what the country most needed, recently formed the basis of the most successful play in the theatre’s history. The run sold out, bringing communities and generations together to commemorate, learn and celebrate the ingenuity and enterprise of people. Without the preservation of Southampton’s only producing theatre, stories like this, and the force for good that they wield, may also disappear.
 
Preserve its work on and off stage. Protect jobs. Save Nuffield.

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