Based in North London, Hampstead Theatre has as its mission the creation of original theatre without creative restriction. In cooperation with the Foundation, Hampstead Theatre launched the “The Next Decade” initiative to commission new plays from leading playwrights. This initiative achieved its target of raising £1 million to fund the writing of the coming decade’s best plays, with the Foundation matching the funding raised by Hampstead Theatre.
The first work commissioned under the initiative, Prism by Terry Johnson, opened at Hampstead Theatre in September 2017 to some great reviews and is currently being lined up for a Broadway production. The second commission, Western Eyes by Howard Brenton, will open in early 2019 and the Foundation looks forward to many more exciting productions.
Maytree is a registered charity supporting people in suicidal crisis in a non-medical setting. The Maytree Suicide Respite Centre, located in North London, is the only place of its kind in the United Kingdom and fills a gap in services between the medical support of the National Health Service and the helplines and drop-in centres of the voluntary sector. Specifically, it provides such individuals with a free five day stay and the opportunity to be befriended and speak in complete confidence. The Foundation has made grants to Maytree which will cover approximately ten per cent of their running costs.
Doorstep Homeless Families Project
The Foundation has made two grants to support Doorstep in its mission to provide homeless families living in temporary accommodation in North London with access to services, so they can enjoy a good quality of life.
The first ever grant by the Foundation was made in 2013 to this North London museum for the conservation of the couch used by Sigmund Freud during his psychoanalysis sessions with patients.