A year since being forced to close due to the Covid pandemic, the Memo Arts Centre in Barry has joined theatres and entertainment venues across Wales in highlighting how much they miss the general public and those who work within them.
On March 16, 2020 theatres and entertainment venues across Wales were forced to close to the public, a week before the UK-wide Covid lockdown.
Although lockdown measures have been eased for short periods of time for other sectors, these Welsh venues have not been able to reopen. One year on, Creu Cymru, the development agency for theatres and art centres in Wales, has launched the #WeMissYou #HiraethuAmdanat campaign to highlight how much they miss the audience, the performers, and the staff.
Despite being closed to the general public, the Memo has not been completely empty during this challenging period for the arts. Physical audiences may not have been allowed in, but the show has gone on, supporting the local community during the Covid pandemic, hosting regular essential Welsh Blood Service donor session days and moving cinema, performances and outreach activity online where we could to reach new audiences.
In a statement, the Memo Arts Centre said “On March 16 the Memo is involved in the #WeMissYou#HiraethuAmdanat campaign organised by Creu Cymru, the development agency for theatres and art centres in Wales. Our building has been lit up in one of the colours of the rainbow as a sign of hope, as we continue our preparations to open the doors to the public as soon as we are allowed to do so.”
The #WeMissYou #HiraethuAmdanat campaign is being supported by celebrities such as Callum Scott Howells, who recently played one of the key parts as Colin in Channel 4’s “It’s a Sin”. In a social media post supporting RCT Theatres, Callum Howells said “I am so proud of our local theatres, RCT Theatres, in particular the Park and Dare. I feel like that is where my heart belongs. And over this past year, we haven’t had the opportunity to go to see amazing productions there, and how gutting is that there will have been a year in our lives when we couldn’t go to the Park and Dare. All I can say is #WeMissYou but we are going to be back soon, and we are going to be back stronger than ever”.