The Settlement and hope for the future.

An update with some positive Settlement news. Since the closure announcement from the Settlement earlier this week, many people have stepped forward with help and ideas. The Players are pleased to say, the Settlement are currently working with ourselves and other users, to develop a plan for reopening the Hall when circumstances allow, for an interim period until the overall health situation becomes clearer and more stable. 

The Settlement is not just the Players home, but an essential part of many lives providing a huge range of creative and educational courses and a home for many community groups.  As the Settlement Celebrates its centenary this year it has maintained the traditions and ethos of the original founders of the organisation in the wonderful Arts and Craft buildings.  It would be hugely sad if the Settlement could not continue. 

We recognise that this is a difficult time for many, however, if you are able to consider making a donation to the Settlement, it would be hugely appreciated, and help secure its future.  Donations can be made here: https://www.letchworthsettlement.org.uk/ 

Settlement Announcement and comet article

Fight is on to save Letchworth Settlement after shock closure announcement

Letchworth residents expressed shock and sadness yesterday as one of the town’s historic organisations announced it will be closing, due in part to the coronavirus pandemic.

George Bernard Shaw (back row, second from left) attending a conference entitled Adult Education in the Village on April 29 1932. Picture: Letchworth SettlementGeorge Bernard Shaw (back row, second from left) attending a conference entitled Adult Education in the Village on April 29 1932. Picture: Letchworth Settlement

In an email to supporters and members yesterday afternoon, it was revealed that the 100-year-old Letchworth Settlement “will be shut down with effect on July 31,” and all staff will be made redundant.

Letchworth residents were left stunned by the announcement, and many are now calling on the Heritage Foundation and others to rescue the organisation and its historic Grade II listed building.

The Letchworth Settlement has been an independently run education centre since 1920, and is considered one of the jewels in the crown of the world’s first garden city. Its 113-year-old building continues to be home to a huge number of the town’s best-loved groups and societies.

As it stands, no final decision has been reached on the future of the old Skittles Inn on Nevells Road, though the Settlement is exploring whether the theatre and hall could be used independently as a separate legal entity. Its freehold is owned by the Heritage Foundation.

Settlement chair Pam Burn wrote to supporters and members yesterday, saying: “As you all well know, the world has been a very uncertain place over recent months and whilst, as I write, there are some glimmers of light, sadly they are not enough for the Settlement, as it stands, to survive beyond this summer.

“You will be aware that we receive no grants of any kind from anywhere. A group of Trustees did form a working party to look into options for remaining open but concluded that, despite all our efforts and prudent operations, the financial risks were simply too high.

“With social distancing, it would be very difficult to run small classes that did not cost a great deal more than people have been used to. And of course, there is no guarantee that students and visitors would wish to return to the Settlement until there is a vaccine or some acceptable form of treatment for coronavirus.”

Pam said it was “ironic” that the organisation is facing closure in the same year as its centenary, adding: “I never in my most savage nightmares expected to be writing to you to tell you this news.”

“Thanks to you all for coming along and joining in with the many different offerings that the Settlement has produced during the course of our history. It is my personal hope that the Settlement will rise again, perhaps within the next year or so if sufficient substantial funding can be raised.

“It will need committed, active Trustees and enthusiastic support and encouragement from the community that I very much hope might be forthcoming, as indeed it was all those years ago.”

A book entitled ‘Letchworth Settlement 1920-2020 – A Century of Creative Learning’ – has been written by Hertfordshire county archivist Kate Thompson, and will be published on October 5.

A spokesperson for the Letchworth Heritage Foundation said: “We are saddened to hear that the Settlement will be closing for the foreseeable future. We have all seen first-hand the destructive impact COVID-19 has had on the Letchworth community, from individuals and families to businesses and charities.

“The Foundation owns the freehold of the building and has a charitable lease in place with the Settlement. We have worked closely with them over the years to help them maintain and care for the building, most recently undertaking a refurbishment programme in 2014.

“The Foundation will continue to support this historic social enterprise at this most challenging time, and now, more than ever, the Settlement needs skilled and committed volunteers from the community to help them find a way forward.”

Latest online Theatrical hits

Alex Parker: ‘After all this, we may come to ask why we are staging certain shows’ Interview from the stage.

https://www.thestage.co.uk/features/features/alex-parker-after-all-this-we-may-come-to-ask-why-we-are-staging-certain-shows?utm_content=bufferdb9bc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Claire Foy and Matt Smith to star in socially distanced live-streamed Lungs at empty Old Vic – more tickets available.

https://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/claire-foy-matt-smith-lungs-old-vic-covid_51666.html

ALD Catja Hamilton Interview

Designer Catja Hamilton gives us an insight into her work and offers advice based on her experiences.

Posted by ALD Students on Tuesday, 2 June 2020
Designer Catja Hamilton gives us an insight into her work and offers advice based on her experiences.

The Old Vic to stream Joe Penhall’s Mood Music online for free

https://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/the-old-vic-stream-online-mood-music_51776.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=16June2020

We are excited to announce that our sell out 2019 production of 'The Importance of Being Earnest' will be streamed LIVE…

Posted by The Queen Mother Theatre (The QMT) on Monday, 15 June 2020

Latest theatrical events

ADC theatre Cambridge
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv0WKYcjr2IOui6mAW9VqxQ

What’s on stage plays and musicals to stream
https://www.whatsonstage.com/guide/free-online-streams-theatre-drama-musicals?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=26April2020

BFI, UK film industry and coping with covid.
https://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/interviews/uk-film-industry-coping-coronavirus-crisis?utm_content=bufferd56e8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebookbfi&utm_campaign=buffer

What’s on stage June events – specific dates limited access.
Including shows from old vic; Lungs, a monster calls, reasons to be cheerful, the grinning man, shows from the gate theatre, Manchester festival, royal opera house and many more.
https://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/stage-shows-musicals-opera-free-stream-online_51198.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=28May2020

Globe, including Merry Wives of Windsor this week.
https://www.youtube.com/user/ShakespearesGlobe

National theatre, This house still on, Coriolanus this week
https://www.youtube.com/user/ntdiscovertheatre

Rc Annie
https://www.rc-annie.com/
Combat and weaponry course online.

Latest shows to watch online

The Broadway cinema Letchworth are excited to announce that our wonderful friends Blackeyed Theatre, the UK’s leading touring theatre company, will be streaming their thrilling production of Jane Eyre free online.

Featuring live music, the acclaimed production was a huge success at Broadway last season so if you missed it, or would like to experience the exceptional talent of Blackeyed Theatre again, now is your chance!

Captivating, brooding and intensely powerful, Jane Eyre is a moving and unforgettable portrayal of one woman’s quest for equality and freedom and lives as one of the great triumphs of storytelling. 

It will premiere on Youtube on Sunday 10 May at 19:30 and it will be available to watch free of charge until Sunday 17 May at 23:30.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeQAlhAAFYu-fW59bug4DZA

More from the Broadway Cinema.

Broadway Cinema & Theatre5 May at 10:01 ·

Join Lionsgate for #LionsgateLIVE : A Night At The Movies! – a programme of FREE movies, screened over the next three Saturdays directly to your home via the Lionsgate YouTube channel!

Head to www.lionsgate.live for details and watch the uplifting biopic Eddie The Eagle at 6pm this Saturday 9 May.

Each film is presented by a unique celebrity host and features special opportunities including surprise guest appearances, real-time fan chats, giveaways and more!

All in support of NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal and The Film and TV Charity COVID-19 Emergency Response.

Wednesday 20 May to watch ‘A Doll’s House’ for free
Lyric Hammersmith Theatre

You can watch a free screening of our production of A Doll’s House, adapted by the award winning Tanika Gupta and directed by Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan via the Lyric’s YouTube for one day only from 2.30pm to midnight on Wednesday 20 May, 2020.

https://lyric.co.uk/our-home/lyric-life/join-us-on-wednesday-20-may-to-watch-a-dolls-house-for-free/

Broadway theatre shows being streamed from 9th May, for short periods only.

https://www.timeout.com/newyork/theater/the-best-theater-to-watch-online-may-9-may-10?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1588919134



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What’s on

Pulitzer winning musical NEXT TO NORMAL will stream online for a limited time this month!
8th – 10th May at 8pm plus many other shows available.

http://filmedonstage.com/news/145-pulitzer-winning-musical-next-to-normal-will-stream-online-for-a-limited-time-this-month

‘The Two Noble Kinsmen’ is streamed on Shakespeare’s Globe’s YouTube channel from 7pm BST Mon May 4, It’s available for two weeks.

ADC theatre
stand-up show
www.youtube.com/c/ADCTheatre

Radio play of our ADC Online season taking place later this week! ‘Sorry for Your Loss’ is a demonically dark domestic tragedy that will be broadcast on Cam FM this Friday 8th May at 7pm.

Visit adctheatre.com/loss

LLoyd Webber Musicals
The Shows Must Go On!, Fri 8th May at 7pm, By Jeeves, available for 48 hours.