The Brookside Theatre is a much-loved venue, presenting quality theatre and promoting culture and arts throughout Romford and the London Borough of Havering and attracting audiences from far and wide.
We are crowdfunding to install 'raked' theatre-style seating which will not only allow us to accommodate larger audiences more comfortably, but will mean that the young and no-longer-young, the small and not-so-small will have a clearer view of the stage. Once installed we plan to present family / children's entertainment which we are currently unable to do.
ABOUT THE BROOKSIDE THEATRE
The Romford War Memorial Social Club opened in 1953 and was built to commemorate the service personnel and civilians from the borough who sadly lost their lives during WW2. Once an important part of community life, these historic buildings were closed in the late 1970's, boarded up and forgotten about for over 30 years.
With the love and support of the local community - not to mention the blood, sweat and tears of our volunteers - we were able to re-open the buildings as the Brookside Theatre - Romford's first and only live performing arts venue.
The theatre now regularly plays host to a wide variety of events; full scale plays and musicals, live music and comedy and even celebrity guest performances, with all events staged to raise money for the continued restoration and upkeep of the War Memorial buildings. However, while we have a fantastic reputation for first-class entertainment, we constantly receive criticism about our seating - and we want to get to the 'bottom' of the matter!
It will cost £41,000 to install tiered, theatre-style seating into the auditorium and increasing the capacity of the theatre would generate an extra 20+ potential ticket sales for every production. We are crowdfunding the first £10,000 - and are hopeful for more - and we will keep fundraising until we have raised the full amount required.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?
We have a selection of rewards on offer to encourage you to pledge your support. Whether you are a regular patron, a new visitor or a supporter of the arts from farther afield we are grateful for your pledge, no matter how small (or large!)
For a pledge of just £50, you will receive a pair of tickets to an in-house show of your choice*. You will also have your name listed in all souvenir programmes in 2018 as a proud supporter.
For just £100, you can have your name - or the name of a loved one - engraved on a plaque on the back of a seat - though we can't of course guarantee that you'll get to sit in the seat you sponsored if and when you come to an event! You will also have your name listed in all souvenir programmes in 2018 as a proud supporter.
For £200, you can not only have your name - or the name of a loved one - engraved on a plaque on the back of a seat but you will also receive a pair of tickets to an in-house show of your choice*, two complimentary drinks at the event and complimentary programme (where available). You name will also be listed in all souvenir programmes in 2018.
Local companies, organisations or individuals wishing to pledge £300 or more, will not only have their name (or company name) engraved on the back of a seat and a pair of tickets to an in-house show of their choice*, with two complimentary drinks and complimentary programme (where available), but will also receive a half-page advertisement in all souvenir programmes in 2018 and a page on the in-house display screens played before and during each and every performance as well as being listed in all in-house souvenir programmes in 2018 as a Platinum Supporter.
For further information about any of these 'rewards' please email firstname.lastname@example.org or choose the appropriate reward (right) and we will be in touch.
We thank you so much for you kind help and support!
(* Subject to availability)