Help us raise £100,000 to support our communities
We have increased our Kiln Community Appeal target to £100,000 having smashed the original target of £70,000!
Thank you to all of our incredible supporters who made this happen.
The pandemic continues and there is still so much we want to do over the coming months to connect and support our many communities during this time of need.
If you can, please support our Kiln Community Appeal as we continue to connect our communities and prepare for the day we can finally welcome everyone back through our doors.
As we build towards our reopening, your support is more crucial than ever. With your help, we can bring our many communities together again. All donations, whatever their size, are greatly valued.
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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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
19 FEBRUARY 2021
Today we announce a live stream of the staged rehearsed reading of Girl on an Altar – a newly commissioned work by Marina Carr, and Kiln Collaborations, a series of online panel discussions from leading industry figures. Both are supported by the Kiln Community Appeal. Also announced today, Tom Piper joins Kiln Theatre as Associate Designer and recruitment is live for brand new scheme Kiln Resident Assistant Designer which sees the creation of two opportunities for early career designers.
Our Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham said: “As we continue to work on reopening it is important we keep finding ways to connect with our communities. The play-reading of Girl on an Altar is an opportunity for audiences to have an insight into a process of play to stage. They will be watching a commissioned play before its first production and will witness a part of the process rarely seen by the public. The Collaborations series will create much-needed conversations about how we want to collaborate and how we want to move forward as a whole industry. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to embed Tom Piper into the organisation, advocating for freelancers and to add a Resident Assistant Designer into our team. It is vital in these difficult times that we continually look at how to support and engage with the pathways into theatre careers.”
Update on our Kiln Community Appeal
Our Kiln Community projects are still going strong.
Food for All
We’re proud to be serving our local community and have now doubled the number of free meals we are giving each week from our building. Teaming up with Food for All, we have 300 hot, healthy, vegan meals to give out every Tuesday from 12pm and are proud to have delivered over 2,500 meals to members of our local community.
Young Writers Programme
We are thrilled to be running a playwriting course for new writers from Brent. Ten young people aged 18-25 are taking part in online writing workshops with Kiln’s New Writing Associate Tom Wright and working on creating their first short plays!
These projects are supported by donations to our Kiln Community Appeal. Thank you, from all of us at Kiln, to those who have already been so generous to us. All those who are supporting the Kiln Community Appeal are listed on our website. Read more here.
We’ll be in touch again soon.
We hope you are well and staying safe,
6 MARCH 2021
Here at Kiln, we are feeling hopeful as recent government announcements give us the confidence to work on our reopening dates.
Things certainly feel different to when we announced our Kiln Community Appeal back in November. I am delighted to say that since then we have smashed our £70,000 fundraising target and that is down to all our incredible supporters. Thank you so much!
Our building might be closed but so much is going on behind the scenes – and this is just the beginning. Since we launched our appeal:
- 10 young people are learning about playwriting for the first time and setting to work on their own scripts which will be performed on our stage by professional actors
- 10 theatre-markers are coming together as part of 2 panel discussions to share experiences and advice on how to navigate the theatre industry collaboratively
- 12 Brent families built self confident and English language skills during free classes throughout February half term
- 33 young people are taking part in online youth theatre workshops, which will move back to in person as soon as possible
- 34 freelance creatives have created 2 live stream rehearsed play readings on our stage
- 104 young people newly arrived in the UK are taking part in drama sessions focused on building self-confidence and English speaking skills
- 1,783 audience members have tuned in to our free live streamed events
- 3,400 hot and nutritious meals have been distributed for free to members of our local community as part of our continued partnership with Food For All
I am proud to announce that today we are increasing our Kiln Community Appeal target to £100,000.
Our work does not end with us reaching our fundraising target. The pandemic continues and there is still so much we want to do over the coming months to connect and support our many communities during this time of need.
We want to continue our youth theatre activities, offer more English classes, support more freelance creatives, continue to partner with Food For All, reopen Kiln Theatre and Cinema with affordable ticket prices as soon as it is safe to do so, and much, much more.
In this way, we can continue to connect our communities and prepare for the day we can finally welcome everyone back through our doors.
We can’t wait to see you in person soon.
With very best wishes,
Indhu Rubasingham, Artistic Director
10 APRIL 2021
Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to our Kiln Community Appeal. We continue to support our many different communities in the lead-up to our reopening.
We have recently come to the end of our Young Writers Programme, supporting 10 young people from Brent to write their first ever play script via a four-month series of Zoom workshops. These brand new stories – performed by professional actors – were livestreamed from our stage over two evenings in March, with the support of professional theatre directors and creatives. Congratulations to all involved in this fantastic achievement and to the Young Writers for their creativity and passion. We can’t wait to see where you go next!
We can’t wait to welcome new and diverse stories to our stage once again, and to have the opportunity to thank you in person for your support.
Tessa, Ama and Mishal
Kiln Theatre Fundraising Team
14 MAY 2021
Thank you so much for supporting our Kiln Community Appeal. We cannot tell you how grateful we are for the overwhelming response we have received. Thanks to your generous support we have raised nearly £94,000! This is incredible and humbling to receive in such a difficult time for so many. We are just £6,000 away from reaching our target of £100,000.
We continue to support our many different communities as we lead up to the reopening of our theatre and cinema. Through our partnership with London food charity Food For All and local business Meaty Buns, our brilliant volunteers have now handed out 5,330 free, hot and nutritious meals on Kilburn High Road.
We’re also working with our neighbours Brondesbury Medical Centre to become a COVID-19 vaccination hub for the day on Thursday 27 May, 10am-4pm, with more joint projects coming soon.
We are proud to have been able to continue our youth theatres and young companies this year, despite school closures at the start of 2021. 44 young people have been taking part in a series of theatre workshops both on Zoom and in person. Supported by a group of 8 wonderful freelance theatre practitioners, participants are learning a variety of topics across each project. This includes how to be an ensemble through Zoom, character relationships, physical characterisations, how to react through Zoom and creating a narrative arc through dialogue and conflict.
These are just some of the things happening behind the scenes at Kiln Theatre. There is still so much we have planned to support our many communities as we emerge from the pandemic and we continue to fundraise to make it all possible.
Thank you so much for all your support. We cannot wait to reopen our theatre on 21 May after 14 long months and to welcome you back through our doors. More news coming soon!
Tessa, Ama and Mishal
Kiln Theatre Fundraising Team
“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
- A 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
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
Alan and Virginia Lynch
Alan Maclean and Jo Corkish
Ann Pierce Jones
Anneke and Fred Mendelsohn
Anthony and Min May
Atalanta Goulandris and Stephane Gripari
Bianca Janssen Groesbeek
Carol and Gary Fethke
Catherine and Richard Griffin
Charles and Dafna Bonas
Colin Adams and Mary Farrell
Daniel Byam Shaw
David and Audrey Boardman
David and Elizabeth Bromage
David and Iona Heath
David and Melanie Alpers
David Dutton and Mave Turner
And all those who wish to remain anonymous.
Dominic Cooke CBE
Doorstep Puppet Theatre
Dr Joan Gandy
Dr Lydia Estridge
Grant and Julie Winstock
Henry Chu and James Baer
Hinne Temminck Tuinstra
I G and B Rappaport
In memory of Vivienne Aldington
Jack Penford Baker
Janis Susskind OBE
Jeremy Lewison and Caroline Schuck
Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton
John and Lola Deighan
John and Susan Coldstream
Jon and NoraLee Sedmak
Jonathan Levy and Gabrielle Rifkind
Lady Alison Irvine
Liz and Mark Astaire
Mark and Karen Stanley-Price
Martin Hall and Anne Heath
Mary and Jim Callaghan
Matthew Greenburgh and Helen Payne
Michael and Jenny Nathan
Moyra McGarth Brown
Ms Marie Clarke
Nafeesah Butt & Davina Shah
Nick Hern Books
Nina Kaye and Timothy Nathan
Pablo Anton Arnal
Patricia and Joe McEvoy
Rebecca and Stephen Sharkey
Ron and Teresa Pringle
Ros and Alan Haigh
Sandar and Steve Warshal
Sioban Whitney Low
Tatiana Chater Davies
Tim and Cathy Score
To discuss your support get in touch with the Fundraising team on firstname.lastname@example.org
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