#SaveOurTheatres - the Space

by Adam Hemming in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 6th October 2020 we successfully raised £15,641 ( + est. £2215.75 Gift Aid ) with 294 supporters in 28 days

We’re part of a national initiative launched by Theatres Trust to prevent the permanent closure of UK theatres. Please support our campaign.

by Adam Hemming in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Reaching our stretch target will enable us to create more opportunities for creativity - programming online events and workshops, support our live performances and developing new work. It will also enable us to carry out some much needed maintenance on the building.

The Space is part of a national initiative launched by the Theatres Trust to prevent the permanent closure of hundreds of UK theatres. 

The Space is a welcoming, inclusive and ambitious theatre, based in a converted church on the Isle of Dogs, East London. We support new theatre-makers and increasing access to theatre for a wide variety of writers, actors, directors and our audiences, as well as through community and school programmes.  

During lockdown we've supported hundreds of artists and engaged with thousands of people across East London and globally through our “Locked Down, Looking Up” programme.  

But as we continue to look forward, we need your help.  

We're working hard to re-open our theatre, but the pandemic has put our future at risk. Please donate or pledge on a reward to help us reach our target—supporting our ability to continue creating great theatre and to welcome you back to the Space.  



Why are we crowdfunding? 

We have survived lockdown thanks to innovative programming and the generosity of our supporters. However, decreased income from traditional ticket sales, venue hires and rent from our cafe/bar has significantly impacted our financial position. As a result, the Space now faces risks that could result in permanent closure. 

Looking forward, our mission is to continue to provide opportunities for live theatre at the venue and online. Your donations will be used to help us pay for unavoidable costs whilst we prepare the theatre to safely welcome you back. And many of our reward packages are also aimed at supporting creatives, so you'll be saving the venue whilst helping to develop the artists that produce and perform the shows we create. We're due to celebrate 25 years as a theatre in September 2021 and are keen to make our 25th year even more impactful and memorable than those brilliant 24 years that we've enjoyed so far. 


About the Space 

The Space was opened, in 1996, by Robert Richardson and the St Paul's Arts Trust, a group of local residents. We work with new, emerging and established theatre-makers to stage exciting, unique productions. We deliver workshops, courses and artist development opportunities. Space Productions has produced over 30 plays and received 6 Off-West End award nominations. Last year, we broke our box office records, hosting 9,407 audience members across 244 performances. Our patrons are Sir Ian McKellen and Marie McLaughlin. 

During lockdown, the Space committed to supporting London’s theatre-makers while continuing to create great theatre. Our Locked Down, Looking Up online programme has been running since May, allowing us to continue doing what we love and supporting our practitioners, participants and audiences. Users described it as a 'lifeline' and 'a digital sanctuary' during lockdown. Over the course of 16 weeks, we produced and staged 10 play readings, 30 theatre workshops, 16 theatre club sessions and 2.0 Fest, a special festival of 8 duologues 3 of which have won OnComm awards.  

You can still access videos of our play readings, 2.0 Fest and our workshop course materials here. This innovative programme helped us support over 200 theatre-makers during the lockdown, through support from our loyal audience and Arts Council England. 

Now, as well as providing for our local community, we have an online community to engage, entertain and inspire. 


About the Theatres Trust #SaveOurTheatres Programme 

In villages, towns and cities across the country, theatres are at the heart of our communities. Places to come together, to be inspired and to 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 theatres will be able to reopen fully. A decision won’t be made until November at the earliest.  

This ongoing uncertainty puts theatres such as ours in a perilous situation. While the government has set aside funding to support cultural entities, this funding will be spread across a wide variety of 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 changes and closures will become permanent.  

Without urgent support, our nation’s amazing theatres could be lost. 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 theatre survives this crisis.  



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

10 of 20 claimed

Sponsor an Actor Package

We’ll help an actor work on their audition speeches, review their CV presentation and introduce them to our stable of directors. You can nominate an actor or leave us to find one for you.

£5 or more

Fuzzy Feeling Package

That warm fuzzy feeling that supporting the arts brings, plus we’ll tweet our thanks for your donation.

£10 or more

Social Media Shout Out

A shout out on one of our ‘Live @ 5’ facebook broadcasts, plus the opportunity to plug anything you like.

£15 or more

Pay It Forward

A ticket for any upcoming show at the Space - why not come and see Ploutos, our first show after re-opening? Or you can hang on until social distancing rules are relaxed.

£20 or more

Pay It Forward Pair

A pair of tickets for any upcoming show at the Space - bring your loved one to come and Mrs C's Collective's That Was All or have your tickets ready to go for when social distancing ends.

£20 or more

1 of 5 claimed

It's Good to Cher Package

The lovely people at I Need to Cher have put together a Cher Package to get you through the apocalypse. It includes a Cher zine, a Cher print and an autographed picture of Cher* plus one ticket to see How to Survive the Cherpocalypse on 23rd or 24th October. *For logistical reasons Cher will be represented by a lovingly crafted Cher tribute act.

£60 or more

Bring your Bubble

4 tickets for any upcoming show at the Space. Bring your bubble for a group outing to see How to Survive the Cherpocalypse or any other future show at the Space.

£100 or more

More Bubbles Package

4 tickets for any upcoming show at the Space plus a bottle of fizz. Enjoy bubbles with your bubble at dark comedy, In Bad Taste or any future show at the Space.

£100 or more

7 of 10 claimed

Sponsor a Playwright Package

A script development session for one playwright on their latest script from our Literary Manager, Mike Carter. You can nominate a playwright or leave us to find one for you.

£100 or more

5 of 10 claimed

Sponsor a Director Package

24 hours rehearsal time in the Space plus feedback on work in progress from members of the Space Arts Committee. You can nominate a director or leave us to find one for you.

£100 or more

3 of 4 claimed

Sponsor a Theatre Company Package

The company will receive a Zoom theatre arts consultation: discuss their dreams and ambitions in theatre arts – Caroline Jeyaratnam Joyner has worked in the field for over twenty years, in London, the Midlands and Peru; Caroline will be their sounding board to think about next steps. You can nominate a company or leave us to find one for you.

£100 or more

2 of 4 claimed

Sponsor a Theatre Practitioner Package

The practitioner will attend a 'Develop your creative practice' consultation on Zoom. Caroline Jeyaratnam-Joyner will discuss what they are currently doing to tap in to their creativity, and where they may be feeling 'stuck'. You can nominate a practitioner or leave us to find one for you.

£200 or more

2 of 5 claimed

Sponsor a Residency

The theatre makers will receive a 1 week development residency in the Space plus feedback on work in progress from members of the Space Arts Committee. You can nominate theatre makers or leave us to find them for you.

£200 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Sponsor a Producer Package

4 hours of bespoke fundraising support from Artistic Director, Adam Hemming – feedback on application drafts, advice on who to apply to/how to apply and other sources of income. You can nominate a producer or leave us to find one for you.

£250 or more

8 of 50 claimed

Sponsor a Seat

Get your name on a plaque on one of the Space’s audience chairs.

£400 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Sponsor a Leader Package

Executive coaching with the Chair of or Board of Trustees and Aspire Leadership's Head of Company development, Pradeep Jeyaratnam-Joyner. Looking at leadership in uncertain times, strategic planning, and diversity in the arts.

£750 or more

1 of 4 claimed

Sponsor a SpaceWorks course

The SpaceWorks team will create a 5 week online theatre workshop course, which will be free for up to 30 participants.

£1,000 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Guaranteed Best Seats for a Year Package

2 tickets for every show at the Space for 12 months (from the date of 1st show visited), plus we’ll reserve you the best seats in the house, every time you book. We can't promise a red carpet but in every other way, we'll treat you like VIP's.

£2,500 or more

0 of 4 claimed

The Whole Shebang Package

All of the above in one shiny bundle, plus executive producer credit on our next in-house production.

£5,000 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Wall of Fame Package

Join our highest level donors and have your name on a brass plaque on the wall in our foyer.

£20 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Doodle Package

An original sheet of doodles from Live @ 5’s very own, Phoebe Hemming. Phoebe doodles live during our weekly Facebook broadcasts, your chance to own a unique, original work or art.

£30 or more

12 of 12 claimed

Future Doodles Package

Due to the popularity of the doodle package, Phoebe has agreed to donate doodles from future Live @ 5's. These will be with added colour and come with a hand-written note of thanks from the artist.

£150 or more

12 of 12 claimed

Sir Ian McKellen package

An exclusive Q and A with our patron, Sir Ian McKellen. Join a select group and put your questions to the legendary actor and knight of the realm.

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