In light of the advice and instructions issued during the past few days by the Government, Saltmine Theatre Company is unable to continue touring until further notice.

Following Government advice Saltmine Theatre Company’s return to touring has been postponed. We were due to pilot a Covid-secure version of our primary school show, In Their Shoes, addressing the British Values and unity in diversity. However we are now pivoting and producing some new digital resources for schools in the upcoming months.

The Covid-19 pandemic has put a pause on the arts industry, with many in our field losing jobs and places of work. We are humbled and profoundly aware that we wouldn’t still be here without our incredible supporters. Your loyalty and generosity has allowed us to grow and adapt during this difficult season (alongside gratefully being able to access the Government’s furlough scheme). Thank you.

Last spring, we responded by producing free isolation resources to encourage and motivate people digitally. This included an audio play, bespoke poetry and weekly drama workshops. These are still available at Saltmine Trust - Lockdown Resources , and can be used individually or as creative church resources whilst we are still unable to meet in person.

Since the summer we have been carefully working on a number of projects. Our new digital production Wonderland, which addresses mental health and wellbeing for secondary school pupils, can be delivered in the classroom or via a tablet or laptop at home.

After sadly cancelling our 3 Christmas tours we took a leap of faith and produced a filmed version of Hark! A Nativity Story, recorded live with a full cast and original music. Distributed by churches and individuals all over the country and as far as Australia and America, our aim was to connect homes and families to God's message of hope in the midst of an otherwise disrupted Christmas.

As we embrace 2021 we are continuing to 'get used to different' and to learn and grow in this season. We put our hope and trust in the Living God who makes a way within the wilderness and pours new life right into wasteland, with a vision far greater than our own. We are reminded that we need not depend on our own strength as we look with expectancy towards the new year, but are invited by God in Isaiah 43:19 to 'See I am doing a new thing'.

Rachael Orrell
CEO of Saltmine Trust