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The Rain Has Voices: Somerset flood relief fundraising event gets great support

  • Date: 18 February 2014
  • Area: South West
Woman standing on top of hill by ruined building

The Rain Has Voices, Take Art. Credit: Matilda Temperley

In a 'dramatic' response to the current flooding on the Somerset Moors and Levels Arts Council England National portfolio organisation Take Art re-staged their highly acclaimed show The Rain Has Voices in Glastonbury on Sunday 16 February in aid of the Emergency Flood Relief Fund.

Take Art is a pioneering arts charity that serves the towns, villages and rural communities of Somerset.

The aptly named play by Shiona Morton, commissioned as A Play for Somerset, toured the South West to critical acclaim in 2006. For the re-staging Take Art produced the event in partnership with Somerset Film as an opportunity for the arts community to give something back to Somerset residents.

The Rain Has Voices is set around Harrow Bridge, a fictional village on the Somerset Levels. Threatened by a major flood, most of the villagers had to evacuate the area. But a few remained, holding fast to their memories and their lives.

Somerset has seen more than twice the average rainfall for this time of year, with the flooding leaving people, homes and countryside devastated. All proceeds from the event on Sunday will go to support the Somerset Community Foundation's Emergency Flood Relief Fund, which is helping individuals, families and communities recover from the impact of the current floods.

The event was well supported and Take Art are now on track to reach their Flood Relief fundraising target of £1000.

Mark Helyar, Co-Director of Theatre at Take Art said: 'Several of the people and communities directly affected by the floods are our friends, neighbours and colleagues. Many of them are great supporters of our work across rural Somerset. We wanted to do something to show our solidarity and help them in whatever way we can.'

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said: 'This is a wonderful example of how arts and culture bring people together and give us a sense of belonging, making our communities stronger and more resilient.'

Donations can still be made on line until 16 March. For further information and to donate please visit www.takeart.org