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You’ve all probably seen on the news that theatres and venues around the UK are struggling to stay open due to the global pandemic and as a result many people have lost their jobs. This was the case for local singer-songwriter Jen Stevens who was made redundant from her job as assistant, technician and musical assistant at the Customs House, South Shields, which she is now looking to support with the release of her new song Ghost Light.

“The Customs House is a family, and it’s a charity, which a lot of people don’t realise, and right now that family is going through heartbreak and needs our help. Although I’ll no longer be working for the Customs House, I want to support it and the team there as much as I can, and in the only way I know how, by writing and releasing a song.”

A ghost light is a stage light left on by a theatre for safety purposes when unoccupied but its original purpose was to let its ghosts know that those who work and frequent the theatre will return. Something that Jen found quite fitting, “A lot of theatres that have been forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic have renewed the tradition as a way of indicating that they will re-open. It’s such a beautiful, sad image, and I wanted to pay tribute, both to the image and to everyone who works in the arts.”

‘Ghost Light’ will be available to download from www.jenstevens.bandcamp.com and is only £1 to purchase, (with an option to donate more if you wish) with proceeds going to the venue.

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