Chads' lockdown refurbishment

by Ann Quaife in Cheadle Hulme, England, United Kingdom


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We aim to improve the facilities offered by our building which is enjoyed not only by our audiences but by a wide range of community groups.

by Ann Quaife in Cheadle Hulme, England, United Kingdom

Chads Theatre Company is part of a national initiative launched by Theatres Trust to prevent the permanent closure of hundreds of UK theatres.

Chads is run entirely by volunteers who pay a subscription to take part in the running of the theatre and putting on plays.  Whilst performances on stage are central to what Chads does there are many more, less glamorous, activities needed to maintain the building's facilities and staff the offstage roles during a play.  All these roles are carried out with great pride and joy by our members.  

At its core Chads is about community and friendship. All are welcome to join us.  


A Season of Centenary Celebrations

The dramatic society was formed in 1920 and this year Chads celebrates it's 100th season.  We were preparing plans to refurbish our Foyer and Bar prior to the start of the season in September 2020 and had hoped to make our 2020/21 season a season of celebration. Covid-19 had other plans for us and so we have been dark since lockdown in March 2020 losing valuable income from cancelled performances and theatre outside lets.

Our current theatre building was built in the 1950s by an enthusiastic team of members. The building has constantly been improved to enhance the enjoyment of our audiences and the community groups who hire our facility.  Our studio is used weekly by a drama school.  Local dance schools use our stage for their annual shows. Our auditorium is used by the Poynton Royal British Legion Concert Band to perform a fund raising concert each year.  We support local Charities by arranging bucket collections during the run of a play and typically once or twice a season enable them to sell their own tickets to enjoy an outing to one of our final dress rehearsals as part of their fund raising efforts.  We have also hosted rock bands and a Bangladesh cultural day.  Our publicity and front of house teams do a sterling job encouraging new groups to hire the available space.

There is an extensive and very popular wardrobe department which dresses all our shows.   In normal times the wardrobe opened weekly to hire out costumes to other amateur theatres and to members of the public wanting something special for fancy dress parties and special occasions.  Just one more way that Chads serves the community of which it is part. Unfortunately during lockdown and for the foreseeable future the logistics of hiring and sanitising the costumes means we will lose this valuable income too.

The show must go on 

Chads Theatre has a membership of 150 and typically welcomes over 6000 members of the public to its 6 main stage and 3 Studio productions every season.  In addition to these shows, each season our Youth Section produces a play which is greatly enjoyed by family and friends.  In recent years our studio theatre, seating 50,  has offered 3 plays per season to great acclaim from the Greater Manchester Drama Festival winning the Adjudicator’s Award in 2020 - “For ongoing commitment to challenging and high quality studio productions”

Our aim is to reopen for our scheduled production at the end of January 2021 subject to Government guidance.  With your help we hope to make use of the extra downtime period to carry out the intended refurbishment of the Foyer and Bar in a socially distanced way by having fewer people on site at the same time than in normal times. 

How you can help

We have had a 30 year phased programme of improvements to the building called our Centenary Project.  Many years of fundraising activities and with some help from grants have raised the funds to carry out this programme.  Over the years we have extended the building, increased the bar and foyer area, built a new wardrobe storage area and in the last 2 years we renewed the roof, installed an air conditioning/heating system and a new lighting rig.  


Now our foyer and lounge areas need refurbishing.  These recent renovations were extremely costly and used up all of our project reserves.  We are determined to keep up with the programme of enhancements of Chads whilst protecting the financial stability of our society.  With your help and Crowdfunder we are convinced that crowdfunding will enable us to raise the money necessary for these improvement and fund the next stage of our development.  Please take a look at our rewards and pledge what you are able.

Thank you on behalf of Chads members,


About Save Our Theatres

In villages, towns and cities across the country, theatres are at the heart of their community. Places to come together, to be inspired and be entertained. Theatres are where our best-loved actors learn their craft and thousands of others learn valuable skills. 

But we risk losing this forever.

Theatres saw their main source of income disappear in an instant when they closed in March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Six months later, we still don’t know when they will be able to reopen fully. A decision won’t be made until November at the earliest – too late for most to put on their annual pantomime, which often provides the income to support the theatre for the rest of the year.

This ongoing uncertainty puts theatres in a perilous situation. The government’s bailout is spread across all cultural organisations and certainly won’t be enough to save all of the UK’s theatres.

Every day theatres are facing the tough decision to make staff redundant and to close their doors until next year. And there is a real risk that those closures could be permanent. 

Without urgent support, we could lose our nation’s amazing theatres. Please help us to make sure our theatres survive this crisis and will be there to be enjoyed by future generations.


Please donate, share this page widely and do what you can to help us to make sure our theatres survive this crisis. 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

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Your name and photo on our Virtual Stage

Chads' stage has been divided into 70 sections. For just £50 you can reserve a section and have your name and a photo you provide appear in that slot on a virtual stage layout. This will be exhibited next season in our foyer and on our website. You may also wish to take your place in your slot and have your photo taken for the display. Hurry, the sooner you buy the nearer the front of the stage you will be standing. One person per section.

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Make a donation of any amount

Make a donation of any amount and we will love you forever

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Take a Backstage Tour

Come back stage after a play next season and find out how the plays are chosen, rehearsed and staged. Please pledge £15 per person. Tours will be limited to 12 people each night. That equals a maximum of 360 places. Contact to reserve your tour place after making your pledge and before you buy your play tickets. Tour places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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Be an Angel and sponsor a play

Have your name or the name of your business printed as one of the sponsors on the posters and programmes for a play in the coming season.

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Name a chair

Our refurbishment will include new furniture in the bar and foyer. Have your name on one of our new chairs.

£120 or more

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Name a Table

If you are a regular in Chads bar why not name a table. This could be in your name or a group name for you and your friends.

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Be an Archangel and be the sole sponsor of a play

Have your name or the name of your business printed as the sole sponsor on the posters, programmes and displayed on our website for a play of your choice in the coming season. Plays allocated on a first come first served basis. Contact to select a play.

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