“I work as a self employed artist and theatre maker, as well as a casual worker for a museum and theatre. With the lockdown in place, this has meant that I have lost a lot of work, as well as having to put a show I’ve been working on on hold for the time being.
Obviously this is less than ideal, but I’ve been concentrating on looking after myself, both physically and mentally, during this trying time. The lockdown has also given me plenty of time to work on things that I’ve been putting off, for example, working on my website and completing commissions.
Having suffered for years with my mental health, this lockdown could have had a very negative impact on me. However I’m fortunate to be in a good place mentally right now, and I have a great support network around me. I’ve been connectimg with my fellow creatives and friends online, and checking in on them to see how everyone is coping, as well as making fun plans for when this lockdown comes to an end. The creative community has shown so much love and support for each other during this time, and it’s really heartwarming and inspirational to see.
This is a difficult time for everyone right now, and it’s important to support each other through this. The smallest acts of kindness can make a huge difference.”
Charlotte Read, Puppet Theatre Maker and Artist