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As a registered charity, we must raise funds of around £160,000 each year to sustain the quality, depth and reach of our work. This is in addition to our Arts Council Subsidy as a National Portfolio Organisation (2018-2022). The core grant we receive from ACE enables our core artistic and educational output; however, we rely on investment from generous individuals, organisations and trusts and foundations to deliver on our ongoing commitments to young people:

  • We want to put more high-quality, relevant theatre in schools at a time when creativity in education is under threat.
  • We want young people to be taken seriously as leaders.
  • We want to stand tall in the Theatre for Young Audiences sector, and for theatre made for and with children and young people to showcase UK theatre at its best.

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Go on, be a Dorothy

Brian Way and Margaret Faulkes started Theatre Centre with a £200 gift from novelist, Dorothy L Sayers, back in 1953. We’re looking for more Dorothys who can support Theatre Centre today. Dorothy’s gift would now be worth £5,423.56 which would pay for a variety of our activities, including:

  • Two weeks of Creative Roots, our creative careers programme, for up to 60 15 to 19 year olds, or
  • A writer’s commission fee to write a brand new play for young audiences, or
  • Two Splash residencies in primary schools with 60 children and their teachers.

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To discuss how you or your organisation could support us, please email or call the office on 020 7729 3066. Your name doesn’t need to be Dorothy to support us, but that would be a brilliant coincidence 😉

Go on, be a Dorothy


Theatre Centre would not be where it is now without the generous support of individuals and the many grant-giving trusts and bodies who have helped us stand the test of time.

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