Lowry gets Court In The Act

Published: 24 September 2020
Reporter: David Upton

Quays Theatre becomes Nightingale Court

The Lowry’s intimate Quays Theatre gets Court In The Act from next Monday, to become a temporary Nightingale Court.

Besides already generating national publicity, it will be a much-needed source of income for the venue while 'social distancing' measures make theatre performances economically challenging.

It will also help Government alleviate pressure on courts and tribunals resulting from the pandemic—with judges based at The Lowry hearing civil, family and tribunal work as well as criminal cases.

The Lowry is the first arts centre in the country to have secured such a contract.

Julia Fawcett, chief executive, said, “like arts venues up and down the country, we simply cannot operate our building as normal in the current climate. And with no regular source of income since March, this partnership provides vital funds to enable us to relaunch our programme which includes online, open-air and community performances by some of the UK’s most creative dance, circus and theatre companies as well as creative engagement activities.”

The Lowry also has its own Job Retention Scheme for contracted employees when the Government’s ends October 31. With 90% of staff enrolling or working as part of a skeleton crew throughout the closure, the aim is to avoid wide-scale compulsory redundancy.