Last week Entertainment Focus announced that radical theatre company Red Ladder received a 100% cut to its Arts Council funding. This week a team of independent supporters have set up a campaign to save them. The #GisATenner campaign is based on the fact that if each of Red Ladder’s Twitter followers gave £10 that would be £80,000; roughly the budget of a touring show.
Less than 48 hours after its launch the campaign has attracted high profile attention, including donations from actor Sam West and many Red Ladder associate artists, venues and ACE officers, as well as an anonymous donation of £800. The current total stands at £3000 plus Gift Aid.
The campaign will launch fully soon at www.saveredladder.co.uk – including three simple things that supporters can do to donate and spread the word, as well as a full pack of resources for those who want to do more.
Red Ladder’s Artistic Director Rod Dixon comments: “I can’t actually believe the amount of support we’re getting. The past 36 hours have been a complete whirlwind and I’m totally blown away by the hundreds of messages of support that we’ve received. Let’s hope that we can change this awful news into something positive and remind everyone in the UK how industrious, resilient and vitally important this sector really is.”
Red Ladder champions new writing, particularly that which challenges or agitates. It is a radical theatre company with 46 years of history; acknowledged as one of Britain’s leading national touring companies producing high quality theatre contributing to social change and global justice.
Founded in 1968 in London, the company’s history is rooted in the radical socialist theatre movement in Britain known as agitprop. The company moved to Leeds in the 70’s and is still based in the city.