Theatr Hafren – Keeping in Touch by Barbara Michaels

The Hafren theatre in Newtown, Powys, leads the way with exemplary staff, volunteer and community support during lockdown. As soon as confinement became inevitable, they launched a weekly newsletter knowing that so many of their volunteers and supporters would be in vulnerable groups, so isolating for a long period.

Their connections were encouraged to write, and the ongoing programme is updated as it changes, showing ‘light at the end of the lockdown tunnel’. Volunteers tell stories of lifetimes in and around theatres while regular contributors, such as myself,  tell amusing tales, reviewing productions new and old so catering for wider interests. They also provide links to streaming and TV that may be of value to readers. Bravo The Hafren!

Are there other theatres and venues out there doing as much?

Barbara Michaels


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