Abbie Riddell

Isolation Ensemble (Raising funds for Wiltshire Creative)

Fundraising for Salisbury Playhouse
raised of £260 target
by 14 supporters
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Salisbury Playhouse

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We produce high-quality theatre experiences to enrich people's lives in our community.



What happens when the theatres close, festivals get cancelled and the cinemas are left empty? We look to those we love, have loved and want to love.

Isolation Ensemble shares honest words of wisdom and truthful silly stories of those navigating their way through the varying stages of relationships. One or two might remind you of yourself.

In response to the 2.6 Challenge set up in April to help save UK charities, Abbie Riddell, emerging theatre director and arts facilitator, decided to rise to the challenge of creating a new piece of online theatre with a cast of twenty-six actors. 

Isolation Ensemble is a short film of twenty-six different short scenes which have been devised by the company using a combination of timely verbatim extracts and eloquent new writing. All of the work has been created during lockdown and via online video platforms. 

The project aims to raise urgent funds for four regional arts organisations across the country including Wiltshire Creative (Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Arts Centre and Salisbury International Arts Festival)

Charitable donations to regional theatres across the UK are more important than ever to ensure their survival as a result of the recent global pandemic. It is heartbreaking for the entire arts community to see that many theatres have already gone into administration or have been forced to make redundancies due to a significant drop in income over the past few months. All donations will be directly paid to the organisations via JustGiving.

The cast includes Sophie Powles (ITV’s Emmerdale), Lucy Aarden (HBO’s Game of Thrones) and Rianna Ash (National Theatre’s War Horse) as well as actors from the local area: Jessica Clark, Reece Evans and Becky Mills.

Isolation Ensemble will be launched on YouTube on Monday 6th July 2020 at 6pm, while more information about the project can be found on Twitter using #IsolationEnsemble.


About the charity

Salisbury Playhouse

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Salisbury Playhouse is one of Britain’s "stand out" regional producing theatres and a registered arts & educational charity. Each year we engage over 120,000 people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities in a wide range of artistic work and vital community outreach activities.

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