"It presented the message in an entertaining and powerful way."
Year 5 Audience Member, What the Thunder Said
"Theatre Centre was and indeed remains, the first call for many aspiring actors and writers starting out in the business. I knew some contemporaries who worked at the Company and we all remember scanning the pages of The Stage each week for jobs as we began our tentative steps into the industry. Theatre Centre was always a strong presence for me."
David Threlfall, actor (Shameless)
Theatre Centre brings theatre to children in communities where there is little or no access to arts provision. Our productions tour to schools and theatres and are presented during school hours, so that our work reaches all children in a community, including those who have never visited a theatre or studied drama.
An Arts Council England (ACE) grant supports our core work -- commissioning, producing, and touring new plays that speak to and excite young people. However, we fundraise for activities that involve young people in our work and help them to get greater benefits from theatre. This includes:
Workshops to help children explore issues raised by our plays and link learning to other areas of their lives - TC’s productions depict the problematic and difficult situations that children are faced with in life and present them in a format that’s right for young audiences. Workshops led by actors make it possible for audience members to apply learning from the productions to their own lives. For example, audience members for What the Thunder Said can participate in post performance workshops to explore the choices we make when we’re faced with violent situations
Development programmes that help young playwrights create relevant, exciting new work for children - Skylines supports playwrights wanting to write for young audiences. We award seed commissions to young playwrights, hold conferences to exchange information about writing for young audiences, and set up workshops where playwrights get feedback from their target audience: children.
Resources to support literacy development and creative learning - Our theatre productions make it possible for children to increase their literacy and connect with the arts in ways that boosts their learning overall. We support teachers and provide resources to link learning across the curriculum to our productions.
These activities are supported by trusts, corporate funders, and individuals like you.
Will you become one of our supporters? All contributions help and a number of small contributions can add up to provide a life changing experience for a child who would not have access to live theatre otherwise.
You can give to us by:
- Giving a one off contribution through MyDonate.
- Sending a contribution to us by bank transfer to Barclays Bank, sort code 20 32 00, account number 8025 8245.
- Posting a cheque made out to Theatre Centre. You can download a form here to let us know what you’d like your contribution to go towards and also tell us if your contribution is eligible for Gift Aid.
Want more information? We're always happy to speak with people about our work. Phone us on 020 7729 3066 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're eager to talk to you about how we can work together to bring theatre to children across the UK!