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“This is a time of a lot of anger, pain and anxiety. But this time will pass and we will gather again to sing, dance and most importantly to heal. We need to listen to one another and be better. We’ve missed our audiences, supporters, our neighbours and local businesses, the many young people who come through our building everyday and inspire us, the staff who care so much and our community of actors, playwrights, creatives, musicians, backstage technicians and all the people that create the work you see on stage. The building is a shell without the energy and passion of all who come through our doors.” – Indhu Rubasingham, Artistic Director

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FULL STATEMENT

It’s been a tough time for so many people. Many things are being questioned and things we took for granted are now absent. The world is deeply uncertain place.

It’s important that people stay safe and well, but it’s even more crucial that we look out for each other in our isolation.

Since our theatre closed to the public in March, we’ve realised -even more – how important our communities are.

And we miss you.

We’ve missed our audiences, supporters, our neighbours and local businesses, the many young people who come through our building every day and inspire us, the staff who care so much, and our community of actors, playwrights, creatives, musicians, backstage technicians and all the people that create the work you see on stage. The building is a shell without the energy and passion of all who come through our doors.

Over these past months, we’ve looked for every possible way to make a difference to our communities. We can’t wait until we can be together again in person, to share our stories of different worlds, different people, and different perspectives – so that we can discover more what connects us, rather than what divides us.

This is a time of a lot of anger, pain and anxiety. But this time will pass and we will gather again to sing, dance and – most importantly – to heal. We need to listen to one another and be better.

I’ve been deeply reminded of the power of theatre and the necessity of narratives to make sense of the world we find ourselves in. I’ve been reminded of the power of theatre in bringing people together to share an experience that has the possibility to transform.

We cannot exist without you.

Together we can get through this. We are the Kiln Community. Join us.

MESSAGES FROM INDHU, DAISY AND THE KILN THEATRE TEAM

16 JANUARY 2021

We wanted to share with you the wonderful news that we have been awarded London Theatre of the Year at The Stage Awards 2021.

This award is in recognition of the support and hard work from all of our Kiln communities – our brilliant and dedicated staff, the inspiring young people we work with, our audiences and supporters and the people who live and work in our beloved borough of Brent. This year we’ve tried to connect these communities as much as possible and we look forward to continuing to do so in 2021 and to play our role in the renewal and recovery to come.

We want to give particular acknowledgement and thanks to the theatre-makers – the freelancers; the people that tell the stories on our stages which we haven’t been able to do for such a long time. We need you and we cannot wait until we can get back to telling stories and doing what we do best – making theatre.

We couldn’t have achieved everything we did in 2020 without your support, friendship and belief in us. Thank you – as always – for your commitment to Kiln Theatre, which helps to make all this possible. We are looking forward to welcoming you back through our doors soon and we will keep you posted on all our news.

We recognise how tough it is for many people at the moment and for the whole theatre industry. We are really looking forward to getting back to live theatre and to sharing our productions with you. Here’s to a brighter 2021 for everyone.

2020 HIGHLIGHTS

JANUARY

Snowflake by Mike Bartlett directed by Clare Lizzimore

‘A provocative and tender vision of divided Britain that suggests there is no way forward if we don’t try to understand each other.’  Time Out

FEBRUARY

A Royal visit 

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall paid us a visit and met members of our Youth Theatre, Agents and staff as part of the launch of Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture. 

MARCH

THE GUARDIAN BEST THEATRE SHOW OF 2020
Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu
directed by Indhu Rubasingham

‘Electrifying, fiercely relevant and compelling. If, in these times, we are ever more in need of powerful and provocative political theatre, here it is.’  The Guardian

APRIL

Kiln Insight
We launched a series of free workshops and ways for people to learn and keep up-to-date whilst the theatre was closed.
You can still view directing workshops, writing courses, interviews and exclusive content here.

MAY

Minding the Gap
‘I learnt to never give up and be confident.’ Minding the Gap Participant
We moved our work with young people newly arrived to the UK online, gaining us a nomination for the Achates Philanthropy Prize.

JUNE

Our commitment to Young People
We commit even more fervently to our values and mission; to tell your stories, to listen to you, to provide as many opportunities as we can for you to speak and to make a theatre for all, where everyone is entitled. Click here to read more.

JULY

Honeymoon a live, online sharing of work from our 19-25 Young Company
Our Young Company activity focussed on sharing thoughts and emotions during the COVID-19 pandemic culminating in a live performance via Zoom.

AUGUST

Dear Future Generations an original film written and performed by our 16-18 Young Company
You can still watch our powerful manifesto-film about big dreams of the future, the mad world we’re in and how to reset the rules. Click here to watch now. 

SEPTEMBER

Act One Beginners
Mikayla Moxam, a participant of our Production Arts course ‘Act One Beginners’, was awarded a full, 2-year scholarship at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts to study Scenic Art and Prop Making.

OCTOBER

The Agency
As part of Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture, we continued our work to support young Brent-based entrepreneurs between 15–25 years old develop ideas for social change in their area.
Check out the successful pitches here.

NOVEMBER

Food For All
We have partnered with Food For All to deliver over 200 hot meals every Tuesday from our front door. This work continues and local business Meaty Buns has also kindly contributed even more free food for us to distribute.
The project is supported by the Kiln Community Appeal.

DECEMBER

OUR FIRST LIVE STREAM OF THE REHEARSED READING OF
The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar
directed by Indhu Rubasingham

‘A special shout-out must go to the production team of this thought-provoking piece for finding innovative ways of bringing theatre to the audience until the audience can come back to the theatre.’ North West End UK

 

Our Kiln Community projects continue, including our young writers’ programme, our Creative Engagement projects and our collaboration with London charity Food for All.

We’ll be in touch again soon.

We hope you are well and staying safe,

Kiln Theatre

“Building the show across the last few weeks was so creatively fulfilling. It was a huge challenge and gave me such a wonderful outlet during this surreal time. Absolutely loved doing the show, and the support network we had with each other during it.” – Young Company participant of our digital production ‘Dear Future Generations’

YOUR DONATION WILL SUPPORT:

  • Our Young Writers programme working with young local people, who are new to writing for theatre, to develop their skills
  • Our Creative Engagement programme which includes Youth Theatres, a Young Companies and our Minding the Gap project which supports young people newly arrived in the UK to develop their language skills and confidence through drama 

  • Free English classes for adults in Brent, with free childcare
  • A collaboration with a local GP surgery to support people living with diabetes in Brent
  • collaboration with charity Food For All to provide free hot meals once a week from our building to those in need

  • Work on our stage which we are announcing soon
  • The reopening of Kiln Cinema with low ticket prices to encourage all to attend
  • Keeping our ticket prices affordable to make sure that everyone can experience the power of theatre

“Living next door, I walk by the Kiln everyday and continuously keep my fingers crossed that it will be able to open soon – it is the cultural bedrock of the community.” – Abaigh, Kiln Supporter and Local Resident

OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT

We know not everyone is in a position to give financial support right now. Don’t forget there are other ways to play your part in the Kiln Community.
  • Spread the word – tell others about us! Share our projects, encourage donations, talk about us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
  • Join In – to hear about our volunteering opportunities, get in touch

Thank you

Thank you, from all of us at Kiln, for your support this year. You provided us with a lifeline during our most uncertain and difficult period and we are so grateful. Read here about your Solidarity and Support.

A huge thank you to our Kiln Community

Abbe Waghorn
Alan and Virginia Lynch
Alan Maclean and Jo Corkish
Alan Sandall
Alice Clifford
Alice Morgan
Alice Rowan
Alyson Burberry
Amanda Wilkin
Andree Molyneux
Aneta Stamenova
Ann Omomowo
Ann Pierce Jones
Anne Burgess
Anthony and Min May
Antoine Vaillant
Antonia Delgado
Antony Weatherhead
Assia Bandukda
Atalanta Goulandris and Stephane Gripari
Barrie Tankel
Barry Moore
Barry Serjent
Ben Siddall
Ben Weatherill
Beth Silver
Beverley Cushnie
Bianca Janssen Groesbeek
Brenda Beary
C I
Carol and Gary Fethke
Cath Attlee
Catharine Browne
Catherine and Richard Griffin
Catherine Marneffe
Catherine Walker
Charles and Dafna Bonas
Christine Jude
Christopher Bevan
Christopher Hogg
Clare Brighton
Clare Doust
Claudia Sumner
Colin Adams and Mary T. Farrell
Colin Pollard
Colin Steward
Conor Gunn
D Michaels
Daniel Cooper
David and Audrey Boardman
David and Elizabeth Bromage
David and Iona Heath
David King
David Lanch

And all those who wish to remain anonymous.

David Rice
Dawn James
Debbie Elliott
Demola Soremekun
Diana Bass
Diana Laurillard
Dipo Baruwa-Etti
Dominic Cooke CBE
Donald Jones
Dr Joan Gandy
Elaine Morris
Ella Taibel
Emma Merrells
Eric Bensaude
Farah Elahi
Francisco Furtado
Fred Dick
Fred Wilson
Freya Stanley-Price
Gemma Jackson
George Andrew
George Meyer
George Tomlinson
Geraldine Richards
Grace Moore
Grail Dorling
Grant and Julie Winstock
Happen Digital
Harry Hickmore
Hazel Rutledge
Helen Boaden
Helen Bygrave
Henry Chu and James Baer
Hinne Temminck Tuinstra
Hugh Easterbrook
I G and B Rappaport
Ian Laidlaw-Dickson
Jack Penford Baker
Jacky Schloss
Jane Hassell
Janis Susskind OBE
Jennie Allen
Jennifer Clark
Jennifer Pope
Jeremy Lewison and Caroline Schuck
Jerry Kenber
Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton
Jim Thomas
John and Lola Deighan
John Ingledew
Jon and NoraLee Sedmak
Jonathan Levy and Gabrielle Rifkind
Julia Bromage
Julie Perry
Kalyan Talluri

Kara May
Katherine Ronayne
Katie Bradford
Kay Willmott
Kristian Marr
Lady Alison Irvine
Laure Duvoisin
Lesley Platz
Liz Kwast
Liz Walker
Lucia Garrido
Lucy Pujos
Lyn Meadows
Lynne McConway
Madeleine Hodgkin
Maggie Lindford
Margaret Lally
Marie-Christine Morris
Marion Machin
Marion Regan
Mark and Karen Stanley-Price
Marta Villar
Martin Enthoven
Martin Hall and Anne Heath
Mary and Jim Callaghan
Mary Arnold
Mary Spredbury
Matthew Churcher
Matthew Greenburgh
Matthew Greenburgh and Helen Payne
Maureen Preston
Michael and Jenny Nathan
Michael Rahman
Michael Runnalls
Miles Essex
Miranda Persaud
Mishal Bandukda
Moyra McGarth Brown
Nafeesah Butt & Davina Shah
Nancy Platt
Natasha D’Souza
Nick Hern Books
Nigel Pittman
Nina Kaye and Timothy Nathan
Nina Primeraki
Norman Bell
Penelope Humphris
Penny Badowska
Peter Hallgarten
Peter Lawrence
Philip Best
Philip Himberg
Philip Hooker
Polly Frame

Rafaella Rossato
Rama Thapar
Rebecca and Stephen Sharkey
Richard Furniss
Richard Johnson
Richard Naylor
Richard Rawlinson
Robert Coniglio
Robin Wiener
Rory Arnese
Ros and Alan Haigh
Ros Lewis
Ros Lewis
Rosemary McIntosh
Rosina Boham
Sacha Cammock
Sally Pratt
Sam Cawley
Sandar and Steve Warshal
Sandra Davison
Sandra Reid
Sarah Leader
Saskia Alderton
Selena Arbe-Barnes
Sid Sagar
Simon Furness
Simon Judge
Simon Taylor
Sinead McKenna
Sioban Whitney Low
Sita McIntosh
Sophie Cantopher
Steve Goldring
Sue Spence
Susan Bush
Susan Davies
Susan Johnson
Susan Yeomans
Swetha Charles
Tatiana Chater Davies
TC Thomas
Tessa Stanley-Price
Tibor Gold
Tom Happold
Tom Heath
Tom Hunter
Tom Proffitt
Vera Nunes
Victoria Tham
Virginia Carpio
William Conacher
William Hesselmann

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