Preparing for a challenge…


Development Manager Eve Smith updates us on an upcoming fundraising challenge… 

It’s hard to think about Christmas in May, but this year we were. Whilst tickets for this year’s pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs sold and restaurant bookings started to fill up, behind the scenes we began preparations for a couple of new initiatives.

Eve Smith

Eve Smith

By the summer we announced that as well as the usual Panto fun, this year’s festive production will be even more special. In January 2014 we’ll be working in collaboration with Qdos Entertainments, to present our very first Relaxed Performance – a tailored show for people with an autistic spectrum condition, learning disabilities or a sensory and communication disorder. Audience members will be welcomed to a less formal theatre environment, with reduced sound and lighting levels and the opportunity to leave and return into the auditorium should they need to.

The Relaxed Performance is a natural progression in our work with people with learning disabilities, which has been a core area of the education department (now known as Creative Learning) for many years. It’s also a project that many of us are very excited to be involved in – from cast and crew to creative learning, from front of house to fundraising.

Stephanie Beacham supports The Big Give

Stephanie Beacham supports The Big Give

That leads me on to the second festive initiative also first worked on back in the Spring – The Big Give Christmas Challenge. This matched-funded annual challenge will help raise the much needed funds to present our Relaxed Performance. We were accepted on to the scheme in June and have been preparing our campaign ever since – the challenge of raising £6,000! It’s a good challenge, due to the fact that all donations made online will not only support this very valuable performance, but they’ll also potentially be doubled by The Big Give. Anything given online ( from Thursday 5 December could be worth twice as much if there are matching funds available at the time of the donation. It’s the first time we’ve been involved in this great scheme and again, we’re very excited about it!

Over the coming weeks you’ll hear much more about the Relaxed Performance and indeed The Big Give Christmas Challenge. For now though, even though it’s November and the Christmas Lights and German Market have arrived, it might still be (for some) a little too soon to think about Christmas but it’s just around the corner and will be here before you know!

For more info on The Big Give Christmas Challenge click here.

One comment on “Preparing for a challenge…

  1. Katie Fraser says:

    Looking forward to see how your relaxed performance progresses and wouldlove to help on the day if need be as I have experience with people and children who have disabilities and complex needs plus am an honorary member of your access forum! Liz and Rachaek do great work there in their education department!

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