Students Saving Our Theatres Posted on 17th June 2020 in Maddermarket Blog

We are delighted to announce that University of East Anglia students have chosen to support the Maddermarket Theatre as part of ‘Students Saving Our Theatres’; a nationwide student-led fundraiser for theatres battling against the impact of COVID-19.

Seventeen drama societies from universities across the UK launched the fundraising initiative on Monday 15th June, which runs for 5 weeks. Students will complete a weekly challenge with the aim of raising as much money as possible. The fundraiser will culminate with a virtual scratch-night on YouTube showcasing student talent nationwide. All the money raised will be donated to the chosen theatres.

By choosing the to support us, UEA students are celebrating the close-relationship they have with the theatre. They regularly bring their talent to productions created by our in-house company, The Norwich Players, as well as taking advantage of the theatre’s commitment to developing young people by launching their own projects and companies here. In recent years we have been the first rung on the ladder for shows on their way to critical acclaim at the Brighton, Edinburgh and Prague Fringe Festivals.

Jez Pike our Artistic Director says:

“This initiative is typical of UEA students; innovative, proactive and caring. Along with serious talent these are the qualities they consistently bring to the Maddermarket. We provide a stepping-stone for them into the arts industry and the accessibility of the Norwich arts scene is often a chief attraction to students looking to study in the city and contribute to our cultural economy.”

In choosing the Maddermarket from Norwich’s thriving cultural scene, the students, representing both the university’s drama society and the drama department’s company, Minotaur, point out that it’s the community aspect of our theatre which swung the vote. Jasmine Savage, President of UEA Drama and Musical Theatre Society explains:

“The Maddermarket exemplifies how theatre can support a local community. Through the grassroots promotion of performance all the way to the professional touring circuit, we appreciate how the Maddermarket always has both the local community and theatre in mind.”

Donations to the ‘Students Saving Our Theatres’ campaign can be made via the link below and the fundraising efforts can be tracked on the following social media: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


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