From small change to major donors your support really does make a difference

Rachael Griffin, Development Manager (Individual Giving and Trusts) blogs about recent donations.

As a registered charity Birmingham Hippodrome relies on the generous support of individual donors at all levels to support our programme of outreach, education and access work via Hippodrome Plus.  As a result of your support, last year our Creative Learning team worked with 70,000 people including Young Carers, Age Concern, Sense and schools across the city bringing the magic of theatre right out into the community and making a difference to those who would not normally have access to theatre.

Recently, when tickets went on sale for Mary Poppins, patrons kindly donated a total of £480 in the first 24 hours. This means 48 children will be able to enjoy free workshop places!

Adding a small donation to ticket purchases really does make a difference to many people’s lives.

In addition we’re thrilled to welcome Mark Hopton as our first ever Hippodrome Circle Patron member. This new level of our existing Patrons scheme offers exclusive benefits in return for an annual contribution of £3,000 or more. Mark is a regular theatre attender and said: “Despite the Hippodrome’s rich offer,  it has become all too easy to lose touch in recent years as other matters have taken over so news of the refreshed Circle Patron’s Scheme served as a timely reminder to re-engage.

A huge thank you to Mark and to everyone who has supported.

For further information you can contact me direct on 0121 689 3067 or you can email me

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It’s time to Give Big again this Christmas – with ‘The BIG Give’

Time is ticking away and we are getting ever closer to this year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge when you can help someone see a special Pantomime performance… oh yes you can!

Last year, for the first time, we adapted one performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs so that it was suitable for anyone on the autism spectrum, with learning disabilities, or with a sensory and communication disorder.

It was our first ‘relaxed performance’ and it went down brilliantly.

Special technical adaptations to the performance were made (such as reduced sound levels and lighting adjustments, plus some adapted special effects); soft play and breakout spaces were kitted out for patrons to relax in before or during the show (this was particularly important for many young patrons visiting us for the first time); extra training and support was arranged for our front of house team; and, with some special needs teenagers, we created a short preview film for patrons to see exactly what was in store. Ticket prices were also heavily discounted.

As an unsubsidised charity ourselves, we were only able to achieve all this through the generous help of supporters like you who contributed donations as part of The Big Give.

The feedback from last year’s visitors about what the staging of this special relaxed performance meant to them was inspirational:

“Thank you for thinking so much about being an all-inclusive venue – it really matters!! Probably more than you will ever realise.”

“I thought it was brilliant. Just brilliant. I’ve waited 9 years to be able to take my autistic daughter to the theatre and for her to enjoy it.”

This year’s target: £24,000

This year for Jack and the Beanstalk, we have set ourselves the ‘gigantic’ target of raising a total of £24,000 to make our relaxed performance on 29 Jan 2015 even bigger and better than last year. Already grant-making trusts have donated nearly £6,500. But we still need to raise £6,000 in online donations in December, which will then be doubled.

It’s so simple: From 10am on Thurs 4 December, Fri 5 December and Sat 6 December your donation could be doubled via the Big Give Christmas Challenge, just visit

Only with your help will all this be achievable. So please put those December dates in your calendar, keep your eyes peeled for our blogs, emails and reminder tweets in the coming weeks; and spread the word with friends and family.

The countdown continues…….
The Big Give was founded in October 2007 and enables donors to support their favourite charitable projects. Since its launch, The Big Give has raised over £50 million, with the majority of this raised through Challenge Funding, where donations made on the specific dates are doubled. Last year the campaign raised over £11 million for 387 participating charities.

About Town – video installation by national and international artists

This week Birmingham Hippodrome in partnership with Ikon present a unique event showcasing video installations from local, national and international artists.    Called About Town visitors to Southside can visit various places in and around the Hippodrome including the popular National Trust Back to Backs in Inge.   Installations include a compelling piece ‘Broad Street’ by the award winning  Gillian Wearing in Gallon Car Park (opposite The Village in Hurst St)  and the very witty ‘Just Like That’ from talented local artist Dean Kelland  upstairs in the Back to Backs – specially commissioned for this event.

DSC_2663The installations can be viewed over the next three nights (Fri, Sat and Sun from 4pm-10pm) and are entirely FREE.  So if you’re coming for a quick drink in Southside, enjoying a meal in one of the many restaurants or coming to see Slava’s Snow Show don’t miss About Town.

For more information and to view gallery   CLICK HERE

You can also pick up a leaflet in the theatre foyer.