People's Theatre Studio

by People's_Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5QF

We did it
On 23rd March 2016 we successfully raised £4,700 with 35 supporters in 56 days

The People's Theatre, Newcastle needs lights, sound equipment & seating for a new Studio Theatre for amateur, youth & community theatre.

by People's_Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5QF

Help us equip our new Studio Theatre

Who are we?

We are members of the People’s Theatre. We form one of the largest and oldest amateur theatre groups in the UK. There are over 300 of us, all volunteers, supporting people to take their first steps on and behind the stage and creating entertaining, compelling art in the heart of the community.  We build confidence, particularly through our free Youth Theatre, and nurture the development of new writing, staging up to 15 productions a year on two stages.  We welcome many other groups to use our building - from schools to visiting companies.

Since 2013 we've been raising money for an ambitious redevelopment - a truly inspiring, all-inclusive venue fit for the future:

  • a new Studio Theatre capable of being used at the same time as the Main Stage
  • full access in all areas to wheel chair & mobility restricted users
  • new electrical, heating & ventilation systems that will reduce our carbon footprint
  • direct access to the bar, gallery & interactive archive display areas

- Architects Plan for our redevelopment

With the redevelopment will come 50% more participation: new audiences, a wider events programme, and a venue shared by an even more diverse range of community groups.

We've done well with our fund raising - over £900,000 has been raised so far from individuals and from Trusts.

Here's why we are crowd funding for our New Studio equipment

The People’s Theatre is a shared community venue that brings in 28,000 people each year, including 3,000 people from other groups who benefit from rehearsal and performance spaces. As part of the redevelopment, and to make the whole building completely accessible, we'll have to decommission the old, upper floor studio - rendering most of its equipment redundant.

Stage equipment for the new Studio will be the icing on the cake for our biggest improvement in over fifty years

If we can fund a new, permanent stage and sound rig for our New Studio we can have more creative productions, spend less time moving equipment  between stages, and offer better facilities to other community groups.

The redevelopment of our theatre is well on the way - we have planning permission, the majority of the funds for our major works.  We also have a great team of volunteers who can make it happen - technical specialists and a fundraising team.

All we need now is for you to be the generous 'crowd' that can make the curtain rise on a brand new, fully equipped People's Studio.

P.S. If you'd like to pay by cheque visit www.peoplesfund.org.uk/crowd-funding

- Our Christmas panto crew celebrate our first major fund raising milestone in 2014

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A big thank you for helping us create a great new Studio Theatre

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Supporters List: Your name added to our Supporters List, proudly displayed in our shiny new Foyer.

£50 or more

4 of 80 claimed

£50 Reward

VIP Studio Preview: Join a select audience for a special preview night for a play in our new Studio Theatre. Enjoy a drinks reception with the director, cast and crew, a tour of the venue, and a poster to take away from a very memorable evening.

£75 or more

2 of 20 claimed

£75 Reward

Framed theatre Poster: We will send you a framed poster from a past People's Theatre production of your choice, plus your name added to our Supporters List, proudly displayed in our shiny new Foyer.

£100 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£100 Reward

Panto Stage Appearance: Step on stage in a cameo role in Jack and the Beanstalk. Join the cast of our sparkling family pantomime. Don't worry - you won't have to learn any lines! This unique fun night out comes with a pair of tickets for you and a friend to enjoy the rest of the show after you have made your appearance. Jack and the Beanstalk will performed mid December 2016.

£125 or more

2 of 10 claimed

£125 Reward

Hand drawn set design: We will send you a unique hand-drawn picture of one of our stage sets by our talented designer Stuart Taylor. Your name will also be added to our Supporters List, proudly displayed in our shiny new Foyer.

£200 or more

4 of 200 claimed

£200 Reward

Sponsor a seat: Your name or short message on a seat in one of our two auditoriums.

£500 or more

3 of 10 claimed

£500 Reward

Murder Mystery Event Our talented company members, the Peoples Players, will create an evening of Murder Mystery at a venue of your choosing. You and your family and friends can turn detective as our cast of fully costumed characters play out exciting and dramatic events in your home, workplace - or any other venue! Why not combine it with drinks and dinner for an evening that even Inspector Poirot himself would enjoy? Your name will also be added to our Supporters List, proudly displayed in our shiny new Foyer. Please read full terms at http://www.peoplesfund.org.uk/crowd-funding-terms/ Your name will also be added to our Supporters List, proudly displayed in our shiny new Foyer.

£1,000 or more

0 of 4 claimed

£1,000 Reward

The Peoples Players perform for you : A performance of a popular Shakespeare comedy by our in-house troupe of talented travelling performers - The Peoples Players. This new summer production for 2016 will be exclusively available through our Crowdfunding campaign. Performing at your own venue - a garden, a pub, a school .... we bring the play to you, your friends, your work colleagues. Your name will also be added to our Supporters List, proudly displayed in our shiny new Foyer. Please read full terms at http://www.peoplesfund.org.uk/crowd-funding-terms/

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

Patron's Wall engraving: Your name permanently engraved on our prominent Patron's Wall.


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