Chichester Festival Theatre has launched a number of online projects designed to support the local community during the coronavirus crisis, including a weekly playwriting competition.
The theatre’s new project, Five Day Play, will ask people to write short plays in response to a weekly brief. Each week, the winning writer will have their play posted on the theatre’s website and receive professional feedback on their work. The deadline for the first week is 6pm on March 27.
The theatre has also created digital resource packs for children and young people that will help them work towards an Arts Award project from home. The Arts Award is a national programme of creative development for individuals aged up to 25.
The theatre has created resources for families looking after kids at home, including links to free yoga and dance sessions.
In addition to this, CFT has made an 11-bedroom house, which is normally used to accommodate creative teams, available to medical staff at Chichester’s St Richard’s Hospital, and the theatre’s vans will be offered to food rescue charity UK Harvest for deliveries.
CFT is also exploring the possibility of making some of its past productions available to watch online. An announcement will be made at a later date.