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News: Darlington Hippodrome Proud To Support Pride
Proud To Support Pride
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first
Pride march in the UK – a day when hundreds of LGBTQ+ people and their supporters
arrived in London to protest a society where they were not safe to be themselves.
Today, we live in a society where LGBTQ+ people can
live openly and free, where LGBTQ+ lives and history are taught in schools to
the next generation.
Darlington Hippodrome will always be an inclusive
venue and is proud to show support for the Pride movement. Inclusive workplaces
and venues play a huge part in making sure LGBTQ+ people can feel safe and
fulfil their potential.
Andrew Hutchinson-Clish, Senior House manager told
us “‘Pride is important today,
more than ever and we take pride at Darlington Hippodrome as being an inclusive
venue that welcomes all of our customers. Arts venues have always been a safe
place for the LGBT+ community and we will always ensure we are a welcoming
venue where people are free to be their authentic selves. We have actively
invested in our front of house teams to receive dedicated training to raise
awareness and increase confidence in using inclusive language.’
To help celebrate the 50th anniversary
of Pride, a special art film is currently being created. Called Opening The Closet
Doors this is a socially engaged art project facilitated by artist Sarah Li.
Sarah has been working with local LGBTQ+ people to create a film exploring
LGBTQ+ themes, histories or inspirations in the Darlington Hippodrome archive.
Sarah said “LGBTQ+ histories have been erased,
ignored or lost due to historic policies, societal perceptions and ongoing
issues affecting the community. With this project, we hope to start to change
that a little by bringing some of these histories to the fore in a creative,
explorative way and acknowledging the gaps or difficulties in uncovering these
“Building on the amazing work of the artists in the
Hippodrome’s archive, we are also planning a special legacy exhibition. This exhibition
will celebrate the role of principal boys in Pantomime and showcase the host of
famous faces who have played this unique role at the Hippodrome over the last
Programming and Development Director Heather Tarran-Jones said “The Hippodrome prides itself on creating an
open and inclusive atmosphere for our audience, visiting theatre companies and
the theatre team. We’re always proud to support Pride month but just as
importantly we are focused on offering a safe and welcoming environment
for the LGBTQ+ community every day of the year. Opening the Closet
Doors offers an exciting glance into the hidden LGBTQ+ stories of the theatre’s
past, and we’re delighted to be supporting such a valuable Arts Council funded
project and celebrating the findings through the upcoming screening and
Opening The Closet Doors will be
screened at Darlington Hippodrome on Thursday 11 August at 7.30pm on a ‘pay wat
you can’ basis. For more information or to book call the Box Office on 01325
405405 or visit www.darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk.