Theatre Royal Wakefield Achieves Theatre of Sanctuary Status

Theatre Royal Wakefield Achieves Theatre of Sanctuary Status

Theatre Royal Wakefield is delighted to announce that they have achieved Theatre of Sanctuary status, in recognition of their public commitment to being a place of safety, welcome and support for refugees and asylum seekers. The City of Sanctuary charity began in 2005 and is a movement committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for refugees seeking sanctuary from war and persecution. 
 
The Theatre has produced a range of projects specifically tailored to supporting refugees and asylum seekers. In 2018 the Theatre received funding from Yorkshire Health Charity to run an integrated project of free workshops and trips to the theatre bringing together Horbury Senior Citizens Support Group and asylum seekers and refugees (working in partnership with The Refugee Council and City of Sanctuary).
 
Conversation Café launched in March 2019; a safe and friendly space at the Theatre where refugees and asylum seekers can practice their English skills over a cup of tea and a biscuit alongside local volunteers. To commemorate Refugee Week earlier this year, Theatre Royal Wakefield showcased three performances in The Walker Studio surrounding the true stories and experiences of refugees and asylum seekers.
 
Currently, Theatre Royal Wakefield is running a series of confidence building workshops developed and delivered in partnership with the Community Harmony Project and the Art House. The project, Raise Your Voice, is for migrant women who want to develop their confidence, including in speaking English in public. The workshops support women to find and use their voice; to celebrate their own strength through the support of other women.
 
On gaining Theatre of Sanctuary status, Katie Town, Executive Director at Theatre Royal Wakefield, said:
“Our journey to become a Theatre of Sanctuary has led to a change of culture and attitude. It provides lasting friendships within our participants, staff and volunteers and allows the Theatre to become a welcoming space in Wakefield for anyone to visit, whether you’re seeing a show, engaging in one of our workshops or just coming in for a hot drink and a conversation. We’re truly delighted to have been awarded Theatre of Sanctuary status as we continue to strive towards making our theatre accessible for everyone”.
 
To find out more about Theatre Royal Wakefield’s work with refugees and asylum seekers, visit theatreroyalwakefield.co.uk/join-in/sanctuary. To find out more about Theatre of Sanctuary please visit cityofsanctuary.org