The impact of COVID-19 is a critical threat to us and to the livelihoods of all those who work in the arts. As we chart our course through these uncertain times, your support matters more than ever. So we are asking, if you're able, to consider supporting Zoo Co.
We are a registered charity, and any donation – large or small – will ensure that as a company we continue to exist and thrive both during and after this crisis.
Keep making work
Keep making our work accessible
Keep engaging our audiences
Keep reaching out to our communities
Keep supporting those who need us the most
You can do this in two ways:
Become a Zoo Keeper
Unlock exclusive access to Zoo Co experiences, news, events and opportunities by becoming a Zoo Keeper.
Keepers are the first to know about our future plans and are an integral part of keeping the company going.
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Make a One Off Donation
Like many theatre companies, we have been hit hard by COVID-19 and are working to make sure we can survive beyond this terrible pandemic. So far, we have had to cancel our 3 month schools education project Delight in the Woods, our May half term Messy Tour and had to postpone our large scale Night Shift R&D and second wave of our Night Shift Young Company. The first of which went brilliantly in February this year.
We are also currently unable to generate any income through our usual channels and so:-
We need you because:
We are committed to supporting our artists. Despite our income dropping significantly, we are honouring fees for cancelled work as much as we possibly can so that our brilliant creatives are supported and we can work with them again once this is all over.
In our core team, we are facing the additional challenge that none are eligible for furloughing OR the government's support for freelancers. This is down to really bad luck. We became a charity in October 2019 and made the decision to employ all staff as freelancers for 6 months whilst the charity stabilised. Now, that means our staff can’t receive furlough, nor the support available for freelancers as they have only very recently started working in this capacity.
We have fortunately received some support from Arts Council England, and are using this to cover committed artist fees, some core costs, as well as creating new digital opportunities for the d/Deaf and disabled artists in our network. However, we are still managing losses of over £100k in terms of future income, and so we are asking if you are able, if you would consider supporting Zoo Co.
You can do this in 2 ways. You can become a regular supporter, supporting us either yearly or monthly, from as little as £2 per month. Or, you can make a one-off donation to our Covid 19 emergency appeal. Both of these ways of supporting us will help us to invest in ensuring we survive through this period, and help us plan for recovery in the longer term.
Others Ways To Support Zoo
We know that times are tough for everyone right now, so we're also looking for ways to fundraise that don't cost you a penny extra.
We would be so grateful if you considered becoming a Zoo Co fundraiser all from the comfort of your online shopping trolley!
Both the platforms below are a simple and automatic way for you to support us every time you shop, at no cost to you.
(And you get to justify more online shopping...approach with care!!)
Why Support Zoo Co?
Since 2017, the remit of our work has evolved to create dynamic, accessible and innovative new work. We have striven for diverse casts, creatives and characters and have continued to grow our audiences and take on new challenges.
As well as creating workshops and engagement programmes that accompany our shows, we have run week long workshops for young people to engage in the arts, collaborated on an annual immersive outdoor show and 8 week educational programme for disadvantaged children and offered a range of commissions to artists (including those who are d/Deaf and disabled) to create their important work.
We have set up pop up theatre spaces in shopping centres, markets, public squares, anywhere we can, if it means more people can have access to theatre.
All our shows are relaxed as company policy. This offers a safer space for those who need it when coming to the theatre or any theatre based project; again making theatre more accessible.
In our time as a company we have had 7 successful Arts Council funding bids, which for a company of our age is pretty damn good. All these bids require match funding which your support is vital to.
We train all our core team and our associate artists in British Sign Language so we can continue supporting d/Deaf artists.
Above all, we strive to support and make work for those who need it most. We don't often toot our own horn, but we hope this insight into what the company does and intends to continue doing, will hearten you to our cause.
As a theatre company, our four main focuses are:
Creating new work
All of these require a considerable amount of funding. We spend a great deal of time researching and applying to every fund we can find that is applicable to us so we can keep our work going.