A skills-sharing database for theatre has been set up to help artists and organisations create work during lockdown.
Set up this week, the database already includes nearly 200 individual offers to help in areas including producing and administration, dramaturgy, marketing and mentoring.
Support being offered includes project planning and grant application help, script reading, graphic design, live streaming and budgeting advice, as well as online dance and movement sessions and coaching classes.
Founded by producer Nic Connaughton, Theatre Skillshare 2020 lists all the offers on an open Excel database, which also includes an area for people to ask for specific help, and industry events and projects that are taking place during building closures.
The idea began life as a Twitter thread last week when theatres began closing, but Connaughton – who is head of theatre at the Pleasance – said the number of responses prompted the creation of an online database.
He told The Stage: “It started with the anger of the not quite mandated, but effective, closure of theatres last Monday. Quickly, an amazing twitter thread was alive and buzzing with offers and needs of how we could all share skills to support each other.”
Connaughton said that around 100 people had added their details over the past two days.
“With at least three weeks of quarantine to come, it’s an amazing reflection of the speed and resourcefulness of our industry, and the power of peer-to-peer and network-to-network generosity,” he said.
The database can be accessed here