I became a supporter of the Singapore Repertory Theatre during COVID-19. Here’s why you should, too.
The energy in the theatre was palpable. Last week, separated safely and flanked by candle-lit side tables, we took our seats in the stalls with great anticipation. This was our first night out at the Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) – or indeed, any live performance – since February.
From March until November 2020, the SRT – along with thousands of other arts institutions worldwide – shut their doors due to COVID-19. The staff, performers, administrators, writers, artists and crew who rely on stage performances and education programmes to keep the institution alive, were instead at home, waiting patiently for news of re-opening permission. Eight months later that news came, and it was curtain-up for a wonderful production of Tuesdays with Morrie. In the intervening period, the SRT managed to keep their staff and crew employed and compensated and brought us delightful original online work such as Silver Linings and The Pitch.
It was also during the circuit breaker, in June 2020, that I became a first-time Friend of the SRT.
Why did I decide to support the SRT at a time when there were no shows, priority tickets or exclusive backstage experiences to enjoy? And why – with so many people and organisations in need – would I choose to give money to the theatre?
It’s because the arts matter. The SRT matters. Especially now. Here’s why:
Last week, when the lights dimmed, the curtain rose and actors strode onstage, I reconnected to why I feel that theatre is critical now…
Theatre reminds us that we are not alone. Not only are we sharing space and an experience with the artists who are performing, we are sharing the experience with fellow audience members, live and in the moment. Our daily Zoom calls, films and TV shows don’t have the same intimacy or sense of participation. Sharing an experience with others is not only valuable, it’s necessary for human connection.
And in these difficult and uncertain times, the human connection is what truly matters.
Please consider supporting the SRT: www.srt.com.sg/friends
This article is contributed by a Friend of SRT, Andrea Abbate.
Published on: 08-12-2020
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