Theatre News: Animated film The Applause sheds a tear for theatre

A new short film titled The Applause was released last week to provide hope to the theatre industry.

The animated film, produced by agency Nucco Brain alongside Thomas Coles and Zoe Rainey, includes composition by Patrick Neil Doyle sound by Paul Gatehouse.

Many theatres have been closed since March, with only a small number able to reopen under COVID-19 restrictions.

The Applause aims to encourage people to donate and support local theatres across the UK. It features 12-year-old Juliet and her dog Ruffle, who find their way into a closed theatre and reawaken the magic within.

Rainey said “Thomas and I wanted to gift this film to the theatre industry as a sign of hope and to help us all believe that we will return and that what theatre stands for in a community, by bringing people together, will heal us. We need theatre more than ever after this very difficult period. And with Christmas approaching, a theatre ticket for 2021 could give people something to look forward to.”

Words by Emily Withers.

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