Show Stoppers Column: Generosity can help save our venues

Cara Lee shares some important campaigns that are aiming to support venues in Milton Keynes and across the country.

Sadly as you’ll all be aware, another month has gone by without live theatre.

But even with local and national venues still shut down, there are plenty of ways you can support them through this tough time, as well as rescheduled live events we can still look forward to.

As we previously mentioned, a great way to support venues like MK Theatre and The Stables is by making donations – if you had tickets for a now cancelled performance, why not turn the money you spent on the ticket into a donation?

And speaking of The Stables, they’ve joined the UK wide #saveourvenues campaign, created by the Music Venue Trust (www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-ourvenues).

That’s not the only action being taken that you can help with – a group of local musicians have also come together for a cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water to support another popular MK music venue, Unit 9 (donations can be made to this particular cause here: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/SaveUnitNine).

A bright spot for when this is all over: many shows due to take place in the last few months have also been rescheduled, rather than cancelled.

Some of the events Milton Keynes audiences can still look forward to include the UK tour of the Queen jukebox musical We Will Rock You (now taking place at MK Theatre from the 25th to the 30th of January 2021), Sajeela Kershi at the Stables, as well as Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales and Peter Hemsley at the
same venue.

No word yet on the date the last two have been postponed to, but more information should be coming soon.

You can of course support country-wide theatre by continuing to stream shows on, for example, The National Theatre and on the YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On, although shows for July are unconfirmed at the time of writing.

This feature was published in the July 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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