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An Important Message from Artistic Director, Dan Jones

This is it. We are officially in our last 6 months at Harlech Court. As we return from the hiatus of COVID the timing couldn’t really be much worse, could it? Sorry if we have been quiet. We have been fighting fires on all sides, and with a space so small social distancing made it practically impossible to open for publicly facing work. Thank you to everyone who participated in our digital content and used the free space during MAKE.

The truth is, keeping The Other Room open is hard work at the best of times, and it’s about to get a lot harder. We are spread wafer thin. We are stuck between a rock and a hard place. We are in the blind spot of arts subsidy in Wales and are having to think creatively about how we can afford the next chapter in our story.

So, here’s the plan. Porter’s have found a new building, and there is a stunning but strange room that is dying to be turned into a theatre. The joint offering of Porter’s and The Other Room is unlike anything else in Wales, or even the UK. So, we are sticking with our friends. As it is their project, we can’t really talk too much about that. All we can say is, our joint vision for a bigger and better future is exciting and you should keep an eye out for updates from Porter’s over the coming months. The next question is how do we afford this? Same as we always have, we are going to have to put together a tapestry of different pots of money. It's going to be tight and it’s going to be ambitious, and we will try and keep you in the loop with how we are getting on. 

Thank you everyone who completed our audience survey. Your feedback, comments and experiences gave us useful insight into who we are serving and who we are letting down. So that’s a big fat thank you from myself and the rest of the TOR Team and Trustees. Lots of you had very different opinions on what our community needs, some fancied us as a small producing house, others want us to be fringier, less slick, taking bigger risks. One thing is clear, we are a home for artists looking to cut their teeth, and the place where careers begin – and I include myself in that. For that to continue, we must keep making and curating quality work and dismantle the systemic access barriers to our opportunities. There will be more of a chance to input on the future of The Other Room as we settle into our new home, because after all, it is for the benefit of our community, we just need to focus on getting there first.

Many of you have been asking what you can do to help. This love and support has been one of the main things spurring us on in recent months. Now that we have a clearer idea of the future, this is when the real action starts. For now, we think there are 4 ways you can help, but there will be more to come!

HOW TO HELP

  1. Use us
  2. Take to social media
  3. Volunteer
  4. Give

1. Use us

Watch. Perform. Take Part.
If you want to keep us... use us.

Bring your work to us, book tickets, participate. We have recently announced Try Your Art Out, which is an open call for anyone to showcase their work and perform at The Other Room. More info here.

You can book your tickets to REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN. by Alice Birch and spread the word. It’s our first production back for two years and is being created by our former trainees Nerida and Ben, in the same way that Kate and Bizzy gave me my first shot.

Use discount code Blog1 for 10% off. BOOK TICKETS HERE.

The Young Artists Festival is back!

The Young Artists Festival is our annual week-long programme, offering developing theatre artists the experience of forming companies to work on six brand new ten-minute plays, and prepare them for a public performance.

This year the festival will run 25th - 29th July 2022.

Visit this page for more information.

2. Take to social media

Keep an eye out on all of our channels as we will be running a campaign to celebrate everyone's favourite memories of The Other Room and Porter’s. We want to fill our social media with positivity and remind the powers that be that we are still here and we are still fighting. Watch this space for further updates in the coming weeks.

3. Volunteer

As a registered charity we can only function with the support of our volunteers. Thank you to everyone who already gives their time to keep The Other Room alive. Check out our Volunteers page, here, to find out more about ways to get involved and to help out.

4. Give

Only if you can, consider becoming a SupporTOR or making a one off donation to us or to our friends at Porter’s who are running their own campaign. We know it’s not the best time to be asking for money. We will always be a subsidised organisation, but the less dependent we are on subsidy the more flexibility that gives us to offer a programme that Cardiff needs and wants. To give, click here.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog.

If you do one thing today, talk about us. Remind a colleague that we are back and we are making work. Inform a family member that we are in trouble. Tell a friend that how they can help us. Be a champion for The Other Room. We can't wait to welcome you back, and we are excited to share with you what comes next.

Big Love,

Dan
and The Other Room Team