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White Light’s MD, Bryan Raven, shares his latest thoughts…

White Light’s MD, Bryan Raven, shares his latest thoughts…

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So here we are. October. It’s suddenly dawned on me that the clocks go back this Saturday. Personally, I wish we could make them go back to this time last year…

I want to start this week’s newsletter by thanking those of you who got in touch following The Stage article which focused on how we’ve lost a third of our workforce and had a huge drop in income. First thing’s first – as a company we are still here and still working. Our Customer Service team is still on the end of the phone/email and still able to help all of our customers. However, we are only here due to the drastic action we’ve had to take. The Stage article was an opportunity for us, in a world of fake news and misinformation, to be completely honest about the reality of the situation we face and show the impact this has had; something we hope it achieved. 

Last week, the DCMS announced who’d received monies from the Culture Recovery Fund so congratulations to all of those who were successful. We didn’t apply for a variety of reasons so whilst the windfall would have been very welcome in the current situation, we have at least been saved the heartache that the large number of businesses and organisations who missed out are now going through. And while many buildings are celebrating this much-needed boost, we cannot lose sight of how desperately the freelance community still needs support. The situation for the majority remains pretty dire, which is why we continue to support various campaigns such as #WeMakeEvents and #FreelancersMakeTheatreWork. We particularly welcomed the news that BackUp has opened its Hardship Fund this week for people who are out of work due to Covid. 

Every month when I write these newsletters I try to be realistic yet also try to share as much positive news as possible (a difficult task at times!). So this month I’d like to say congratulations to Bruno Poet, Jon Clark and Hugh Vanstone who have all just been nominated for Tony Awards for Best Lighting Design of a Musical/Play; with the shows they lit being ones we originally supplied in the West End. I’d also like to say good luck to all of the nominees for this Sunday’s virtual Olivier Awards, where we are once again sponsoring the Best Lighting Design Award. And in the spirit of staying positive, it was great to hear that Les Misérables: The Staged Concert sold out in twenty-four hours and immediately announced an extension. This shows, to me, that the appetite for live performance is stronger than ever and that, once we’re fully allowed back into venues, our industry will thrive like it did before.

As always, we’ve included below a list of resources, some updates from our end as well as other campaigns that are still ongoing. And whilst I said that the team are still here to work with you on any upcoming projects, they are also here if you just need to chat or wish to reach out to somebody. It can often be a lonely world, particularly now, but as the last few months have proven, we are all in this together and remain one big community. Until next time, look after yourselves and stay safe.

Read White Light’s October Newsletter in full HERE

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