Fundraising & Sponsors
We are an organisation of mostly local South Devon people, based in a high-poverty area (Torbay), wanting to create our own opportunities for ourselves,and to welcome other local people like us, to create opportunities in theatre and showcase our creative skills, towards creating theatre-based careers, where few opportunities have otherwise existed. If you are a potential sponsor or funder who is interested in supporting any area of our work, and have any questions or would like to discuss further, please contact us to discuss in more depth, and how we can make the arrangement mutually beneficial. Email email@example.com or call Laura on 07855 090589
While we apply for grants to cover basics like rehearsal space at a local community centre (wthout rehearsal space we wouldnt be able to exist), or basic sound/ lighting equipment, costumes/props towards our coming projects, we also are seeking business sponsors who may either like to support our work, in return for a generous package of advertising opportunities, sponsors can assist us either financially, or "in kind" with desparately needed equipment like lights, microphones, etc; or with props, costumes or other logistics.
To this end, we have decided, for clarity, to create this page, for the information of potential grant funders, and sponsors. Obviously, we encourage you to also explore our website fully, to find out much more about what we do.
Online, we reach over 22,000 direct social media followers across our main platforms, all over the world, as well as attracting growing audiences to our shows; before Covid, we had increased our physical audiences over 400% in one year.
Since our first founding in the winter of 2005-6, our theatre company has gone from strength to strength with high quality performances, based on historial reseach and classical literature, touring around the Southwest of England; winning local, national and international arts awards. Our company was specifically founded to create opportunities for those seeking professional careers in theatre, whether on stage or behind the scenes.
For the most part, we have traditionally, as a regional/ female led company, found it almost impossible to secure any kind of funding, so as well as working hard on creating our shows, we also work equally hard at fundraising; while we do apply for grants wherever possible, it has taken 15 years to recieve any! We also have an ebay shop to sell donated items like DVDs and collectable postage stamps, a Redbubble shop to sell clothes and homewares designed by our team. Any other funds come directly from show ticket sales. This has critically, and in some cases almost terminally, limited us in what we have been able to achieve.
As well as high-quality performances, we are also expanding to create learning materials for school and college students based on our productions, and maintaining a free learning zone where people new to working in theatre with us, can study and learn about all aspects of theatre production..
With the growth in our projects, and having during the Covid crisis, actually been able to recieve some grant funding for additional projects, we are pushing to come back stronger than ever to the live stage, and are therefore pushing our fundraising further.
Click to read our latest fundraising news HERE
Key fundraising documents
Additional organisation policies can be found on our policies page.
Our additional fundraising links
Our Ebay shop
(Mainly donated second hand DVDs, clothing, and collectable postage stamps, as well as seasonally available herb/ garden plant seeds grown by one of our company directors for our fundraising)
Our page on Torbay Lottery
Torbay Lottery is a scheme where verified local charities, and community groups can raise funds via tickets sold for a local lottery.
Our Redbubble shop
(Theatre and local culture themed clothing and homewares).
Our page on Co-Op community causes
(Aiming to link up with other organisations locally who can support and help)
Our page on EasyFundraising
(where we can raise funds whenever any of our supporters shop online)
Project reports/ evidence to previous funders
Please note that it is only in our 15th year, 2020, that we have successfully obtained any funding for projects, therefore the evidence available starts from this year! Please also follow the tag in our news page for all our latest funding news.
COMMUNITY GRANT FOR HIRING REHEARSAL ROOM, FROM BRIXHAM TOWN COUNCIL - Jan 2022
Brixham Town Council have provided a grant of £1,000 ringfenced by contract towards paying for the hire of our rehearsal room at Chestnut Community Centre over the next year, for our rehearsals for Ben Hur and Beowulf
PROJECT FUNDING: TESCO BAGS OF HELP June 2021
Tesco Bags of Help have contributed the sum of £1,000, contractually ringfenced specifically for use in developing props, costumes and access to participation for those on low income, in our production of Ben Hur, to be used within the next 12 months. Final project report to be placed here.
In the meantime you can follow the Ben Hur show news HERE
FINAL REPORT TO BE ADDED HERE JUNE 2022
ONE-OFF PRIVATE SPONSOR Jan 2021:
A sum of £1,000 donated to the theatre company for use in our Covid recovery by a personal friend of a company director. Ringfenced to cover new portable equipment for theatre tours to venues which may not have any in-house lighting or sound, etc; increasing our ability to bring high-quality theatre to new venues, and new audiences.
PROJECT FUNDING: The Legend of Triniman's Basin - a local history drama performed online due to Covid. Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, via Ivybridge Community Arts. (view video link) Funds used to cover NMW-rate payments to actors and crew.
PROJECT FUNDING: British Sign Language Christmas Stories (funded by Western Power Distribution) - Download report file below.
Funds used to cover NMW-rate payments to actors and crew.
PROJECT FUNDING: True Tales of Spooky Brixham - A local folklore project over Zoom, funded by Arts Council England, via Torbay Culture (Visit Torbay Culture's report page) Funds used to cover NMW-rate payments to actors and crew.