Launch: Adopt an Actor
5 July 2013
Adopt an Actor
Adopt an Actor is Theatre Centre’s 2013/14 campaign. It will support three young actors in their professional development, so they can help Theatre Centre deliver inspirational, life-changing theatre to 6000 young people.
Why is Theatre Centre running this campaign?
At Theatre Centre we recognise that acting, like so many other creative careers, can be tough. Poor pay (or no pay), not enough emotional support, employers scrimping on voice and movement training, and an increasing sense within education that creative careers are not worthwhile. Creative careers are becoming a luxury that only the luckiest can afford.
And without creatives, there is no Theatre for Young Audiences.
So what is Theatre Centre doing to address the problem?
Theatre Centre is proud to be different. We pay our young actors good wages, so they can enjoy a decent standard of living while they’re with us. We recruit quality creatives to train and support the cast. This contributes to the actors’ well-being, so they have the stamina and the enthusiasm to tour excellent shows for months at a time, for the benefit of our young audiences.
Crucially, we provide a level playing field for young people who don’t come from privileged backgrounds to pursue careers they love.
Our current tour of Advice for the Young at Heart stars two young actors making their professional debuts, Adrian Richards and Matt Bradley-Robinson. This job means a lot to them.
“…to get a tour, and to get paid for it…it’s out of this world. It’s a fantastic opportunity I’ve been given and I couldn’t ask for a better start to an acting career.”
It’s vital for young people’s theatre that we continue to provide these opportunities.
Your involvement with Theatre Centre hopefully made you appreciate how important our work is. Now you can support young actors’ career development and the future of touring for young audiences by donating to our Adopt an Actor campaign.
Our 2014 tour, The Muddy Choir, will have a cast of three young actors. We’re asking you to adopt them so we can continue providing them with all the support they need to produce superb shows for the education and enjoyment of young audiences.
Our target is £21,120. To see what your donation will contribute towards, please see our Shopping List on the left.
Adopt an Actor supporters will receive updates from the actors as they rehearse and tour the play. Donors are also welcome to contact us to request visits to rehearsals, to see scenes from the play before it goes on tour and hear from the writer and director. We will do our best to accommodate you, as a thank you for your valuable support.
Adrian Richards and Matt Bradley-Robinson talk here about their experience of working with Theatre Centre.
How you can get involved
If you would like to support the scheme, there are a few options:
- Visit our BT MyDonate page, and from there simply follow the instructions to make your donation;
- Email email@example.com and request a donation form. On the form you can choose to give a one-off gift or to set up a Standing Order;
- Make a cheque out to Theatre Centre Ltd, and post it to us at Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old St, London EC1V 9LT;
- Transfer a donation to us directly via BACS. If you are choosing this option, please contact us to get our bank details.
What happens next?
We will acknowledge your donation as soon as we know it’s arrived. Because money can take a few days to show up in our account, please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want us to know immediately that you’ve contributed.
We will then send you occasional updates on how plans for The Muddy Choir are progressing until our Artistic Director Natalie Wilson has cast the actors. After that your updates will be from the actors, and we will be inviting you to attend The Muddy Choir rehearsals, try-outs and any special events we run to accompany the play.
The actors’ salaries
We’ve always believed that young audiences deserve the best plays, the best writers and the best actors.
The cast for The Muddy Choir will be contracted for 16 weeks. This is a standard contract for an autumn tour and includes rehearsals, try-outs in schools and the full tour.
To fully fund the salaries for this tour, we need £21,120.