Face Coverings to support Theatre Royal Winchester

by Jo Barker in Winchester, England, United Kingdom

Face Coverings to support Theatre Royal Winchester


raised of £200 target


17% 7 days left
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 29th September 2020 at 5:21pm

Our beloved Theatre Royal and Hat Fair need help to survive! Donate in return for a stylish handmade face covering.

Play to the Crowd, the arts and education charity responsible for our beloved Theatre Royal and Hat Fair Festival in Winchester, has been financially devastated by the COVID crisis, and unless it manages to raise sufficient funds in the next few weeks it will disappear. 

The charity is a source of so much joy in our community through its support of local groups, arts education, young people and artists, not to mention the fantastic programme of theatrical entertainment it hosts year-round; and its loss would be a terrible blow for the city.

There's the wonderful Hat Fair - as lucky Winchester residents my family and I never ever miss it, and last year I even spent the festival weekend as a volunteer. Plus, as mum to a drama-mad teenager I've swelled with pride twice a year as he and his ensemble graced the Theatre Royal stage, thanks to the Playmakers programme. And as wardrobe mistress for Winchester Musicals and Opera Society (WMOS), I've had the privilege of seeing my costume creations brought to life there many times.

But COVID has meant no costumes to be sewn this year, so instead I've been making face coverings for family and friends. And until we're back on the stage I'll keep at it...

These pleated designs are lightweight, easy-care, super-breathable AND don’t cause the dreaded speccy fog! In line with WHO guidelines they are 3-layer, lined with 100% cotton and incorporate a non-woven filter; they have lots of face room so great for those with beards, and are fitted with adjustable soft jersey earloops. Fabrics are all pre-loved and pre-washed, some vintage. Most are washable at 40 degrees, except silk ones which are hand wash only.

Please message me for fabric options and any other questions you might have.

Suggested donation: £5 for a pleated cotton, £8 for a silk.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£35 or more

FREE Membership

Donate £35+ and we'll give you a FREE Play to the Crowd membership to use throughout next year! Enjoy ticket discounts and 10% off food and drink at Theatre Royal Winchester, plus behind-the-scenes news, Members-only events and access to local discounts across Winchester.

£75 or more

24 of 30 claimed

Private tour (up to 6 people)

Donate £75 or more and you and your loved ones can join us for a private backstage tour at Theatre Royal Winchester. Discover the rich history of our 170-year-old heritage building, explore behind-the-scenes and step on to our historic stage - plus visit our fly tower to see the view from above, if you dare!

£120 or more

Become a Champion

Donate £120+ and we will name you as a Play to the Crowd Champion. In addition to a complimentary Play to the Crowd membership, you will receive invitations to exclusive behind-the-scenes events, with the opportunity to meet and greet artists and our creative teams.

£500 or more

Name a Seat

Donate £500+ and we can celebrate your special moment by naming a seat in our theatre auditorium. Your seat will be yours, or your loved one's, for a decade and you can personalise your plaque with an inscription of your choice.

£1,000 or more

Become an Investor

Donate £1000+ and we will name you as a Play to the Crowd Investor. Investors are visionary donors who will enable our organisation to flourish, now and long into the future. Your support will be recognised with a suite of benefits exclusive to you, which could include personal engagement with artists and our team, private events and public acknowledgement.

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