Future-proofing the last Fisher Theatre Phase 2

by Future-proofing the Fisher in Bungay, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 29th November 2019 we successfully raised £7,000 with 58 supporters in 28 days

The people of Bungay have a chance to own the very LAST Fisher Theatre in the country! We have until the end of 2019 - we've nearly done it!

by Future-proofing the Fisher in Bungay, England, United Kingdom

With just a few days to go and donations still coming in, our offline target of £150,000 is looking more and more achievable before the end of 2019!

Gaspard the Fox  to the rescue!

The amazing response received to beautiful, original pencil and watercolour sketches of Gaspard and his friends  signed by Gaspard the Fox author Zeb Soanes and illustrator James Mayhew have given the campaign that final push we needed to make our Crowdfunder target. Gaspard indeed came to the rescue!


The Story so far...

In April this year The Fisher Theatre received an amazingly generous offer from our lenders - the Architectural Heritage Fund -  to pay off a long-standing loan on our building - for good. All we had to do was raise £150K by the end of 2019...

We decided to use Crowdfunder to kick off Phase one of our "Futureproofing the Fisher" campaign. The Crowdfunder ended on May 31st having raised £8850 with a total of 116 supporters. The publicity resulted in donations made directly to the theatre by cheque and in person from our own wonderful volunteers, local businesses and theatre users adding a further c£11K to the fund. 

A summer of fundraising from all angles began in earnest: plant sales, peep boards, Mr Fisher Tea Parties, sleepovers at the theatre, meet-ups with local groups, applications to local funding pots, special fundraising performances and an application to Power To Change led to our **current** total of:

£129K

Fundraising box and David Fisher "peep" board created for local art trail

Cake-related evidence from a Mr Fisher Tea Party and young supporter - Arlo- with a plant stall he kept by his front gate for the summer

Phase two (the final push!)

We thought that right now might be a good opportunity to return to the Crowdfunder site and give the Futureproof campaign that final, vital push...

We're going for £6K and hoping this will be match-funded by a special community scheme offered by Crowdfunder, so your contribution could be worth double what you give! With the panto season coming up soon and Christmas markets and all sorts we can do this..Together!

A little about The Fisher 

Bungay's Fisher Theatre is a thriving local asset, providing everything from touring theatre, film, live music, livestreamed plays and opera and fine art exhibitions. We have a well-established youth theatre, a gallery space for arts workshops for older people, a cellar for smaller acoustic performances and a flexible auditorium space for community get-togethers and special events. We currently offer this to the local community without the support of revenue funding.

We survive on what we earn because we provide people with what they want.

Our history

Built in 1828, The Fisher Theatre is the last surviving of 13 theatres built by East Anglia’s own ‘greatest showman’ David Fisher (see below) . Thirteen people bought Fisher shares to build Bungay’s Theatre back in 1828 – the original share documents are held in the library archives at UEA. After years of varying uses, the five original Trustees got together in 1996 and brought the theatre back to the town by creating the Bungay Arts and Theatre Society charity which oversaw the renovation and purchase of the building with support from the Architectural Heritage Fund.

A third of the original thirteen theatre buildings are still standing of which none are still in use as theatres; one is a restaurant, one is a nursery, many are gone without a trace other than leaving a Theatre Street or Theatre Road behind. Lowestoft's was last to be developed, as flats just recently finished. The Fisher Theatre is the only one which remains a theatre, as David Fisher envisioned, and is believed to be the fourth oldest theatre still in use in the UK.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

13 of 20 claimed

1/20 Chance to win FAMILY ticket to Puss in Boots!

Our wonderful panto crew have generously donated tickets for TWO adults and TWO children (worth £54) to Puss in Boots! Dates subject to availability. We will draw our pledgers out of a hat on the day our crowdfunder closes and notify you ASAP (Oh no we won't! Oh yes we will!)

£5 or more

4 of 100 claimed

CHANCE to win a DEDICATED book by poet John Hegley

We're offering a 1/100 chance to our donators to win a copy of John Hegley's book: Peace, Love & Potatoes with a message ESPECIALLY for the Fisher campaign. We'll put our ten pledgees in a hat and the winner will receive their book before Christmas. (Thankyou again John!)

£50 or more

0 of 50 claimed

Cinema Voucher AND a David Fisher Playbill!

Come to the theatre an pick up a FREE cinema voucher! A personal thankyou from David Fisher himself in the form of a Georgian/Bungay/Fisher Theatre style antiquated playbill will be sent to you by email (we're trying to raise money here...)

£100 or more

5 of 10 claimed

Friend of the Fisher Membership Card for a year

Friend of the Fisher Membership Card for a year Please come to the theatre and pick up your Friend of the Fisher card which will entitle you to 10% off all food and drink at the bar and 10% off selected live shows for ONE year after date of receiving the card and registering your details. Invitations to members events across the year and regular communication bulletins.

£200 or more

£200 or more (cheers!)

Thankyou for your generosity! Please give your name at the bar when you’re next attending a show and receive a complimentary bottle of wine (not champagne... nice try...)

£200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

SIGNED PRELIMINARY SKETCH of PETER THE CAT

Only one copy of this very precious original initial sketch for Peter the cat for Gaspard the Fox by Zeb Soanes and James Mayhew (published 2018) - see the project page for a snapshot. What a wonderful present this would make for a Gaspard fan for Christmas! Signed by author and illustrator

£200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

SIGNED PRELIMINARY SKETCH GASPARD

Only one copy of this very precious original initial playful sketches of Gaspard for Gaspard for Gaspard the Fox by Zeb Soanes and James Mayhew (published 2018) - see the project page for a snapshot. What a wonderful present this would make for a Gaspard fan for Christmas! Signed by author and illustrator

£250 or more

1 of 1 claimed

SIGNED PRELIMINARY SKETCH GASPARD and FLINTY

Only one copy of this very precious initial sketch for Gaspard with his friend Flinty the terrier for Gaspard the Fox by Zeb Soanes and James Mayhew (published 2018) - see the project page for a snapshot. What a wonderful present this would make for a Gaspard fan for Christmas! Signed by author and illustrator

£250 or more

1 of 1 claimed

SIGNED PRELIMINARY SKETCH GASPARD

Only one copy of this very precious original initial sketch for Gaspard for Gaspard the Fox by Zeb Soanes and James Mayhew (published 2018) - see the project page for a snapshot. What a wonderful present this would make for a Gaspard fan for Christmas! Signed by author and illustrator

£500 or more

1 of 1 claimed

SIGNED ORIGINALFRONT COVER SKETCH -Gaspard the Fox

Only one copy of this very precious initial sketch for the front cover of Gaspard the Fox by Zeb Soanes and James Mayhew (published 2018) - see the project page for a snapshot. What a wonderful present this would make for a Gaspard fan for Christmas!

£1,828 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Lifetime membership of the 1828 club

Lifetime membership of the 1828 club Welcome to the club! The Fisher Theatre was built in 1828 by David Fisher so you will receive your membership details in the form of a special playbill. We're also going to put your name on a plaque in the auditorium. You'll also be listed in the "Fisher Roll of Honour" on our website. And last but not least you'll be invited to a very special annual dinner in the theatre for 1828 club members only

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