‘Theatres save lives – this is where you give blood, vote and cry’

‘Theatres save lives – this is where you give blood, vote and cry’

July 30, 2020

Mold’s Theatr Clwyd has not put on a show in months but remains vital for its community during the pandemic, delivering food and enabling young people’s creativity

During lockdown, artistic director Tamara Harvey returned to Theatr Clwyd in Mold, north-east Wales, long after it had closed to the public. “There were weeds growing through cracks in the pavement, the grass was really long,” she remembers. “It felt like we’d abandoned it.” Inside it was eerily quiet. “Theatres should never be silent,” Harvey reflects.

Eventually, Harvey heard music and found 16-year-old George Edwards, who has been allowed to use the huge Anthony Hopkins theatre to keep up his dance training. The teenage dancer’s usual ballet practice was curtailed by his school’s closure during the pandemic and he did not have the space at home to train properly. “In that moment, when it felt like we weren’t going to get through this and bring the building back to life, seeing George dancing on that stage was the thing that carried me through the next few weeks,” says Harvey.

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