SHIne On -
Support Your local Theatre
In keeping with an old theatre tradition Putney Arts Theatre has hung a ghost light in our main auditorium as a symbol of hope for when our doors open once more.
Inspired by this image we have renamed our theatre’s fundraiser ‘Shine on - Support your local theatre’ and will keep this spirit of optimism with us throughout the challenging months ahead.
When we closed our classes, shows and other income-generating activities we knew we would be faced with an uncertain future. It is now becoming more apparent that we will not be able to ‘go back to normal’ as soon as we hoped or would like. As a result we now estimate that our funding gap may be £69k. We have been fortunate to receive a government grant of £25k and are taking part in the government-sponsored furlough scheme for staff. We are also actively seeking other ways of meeting this new target.
We have received many generous donations and want to thank you all for these and your continuing support. We are increasing our donation goal to £20k and hope this will help us to bridge the funding gap. If you are able to support us through a one-off donation or regular monthly giving this will help us to ‘Shine On’ until we are back. Thank you again for your support.
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We’ve been busy since our last update. Theatre staff have been back in the building making sure that all the necessary measures are in place so that we conform to the new Covid 19 health and safety guidelines. As you will be aware keeping up with changing guidelines is a challenge in itself!
As well as online classes G64 held two summer projects for children and young people in the theatre and these went well. After school and Saturday classes have now started back again for all age groups and October half term holiday projects taking place. Check out the G64 website for more details.
PTC has been busy with online artistic projects, socials and workshops. But we knew how keen our members were to see live theatre again and our first live performance was ‘Twelfth Night’ held in the Old Burial Ground over a weekend in September. Plans were underway for live in theatre performances from November but the new Tier 2 restrictions have meant we have had to put these on hold. We are, however, planning more online events. Check out the PTC website for more information (although please note some activities are only open to members).
Donations are still coming in and we want to thank everyone who has donated or decided to make a regular donation again. They have made a substantial contribution to our financial situation and we will be looking to reinvigorate our giving campaign over the next few months.
The Trustees of Putney Arts Theatre have established an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion sub-committee to examine our policies and practice in this area, acknowledging that we need to make improvements to better support and engage the diverse communities around us. We have circulated a brief survey to members and G64 parents as part of this initiative and are keen to hear from you. Both G64 and PTC are also engaging with a range of activites to celebrate Black History Month.
Our AGM took place via zoom on 20thOctober. If you are interested in getting involved as a Trustee or in some other way do get in touch; we are particularly interested in recruiting trustees from under-represented backgrounds. We’d love to hear from you.
In the meantime, we hope that you continue to keep well and healthy.
You can read a statement from Group 64 about their current situation here.
You can read a statement from Putney Theatre Company about their current situation here.
What We Do
Putney Arts Theatre is home to two theatre groups, as well as having exhibitions, events and outside performance groups in regularly from the local community.
PUTNEY THEATRE COMPANY
One of the leading adult amateur theatre companies in the UK.
We produce theatre that challenges our audiences, but also entertains them. We provide a friendly atmosphere, a rehearsal process that helps actors develop, get to know new friends and become a part of our local community.
GROUP 64 Theatre FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
We are a Young People's Theatre Company based in the heart of Putney.
We run weekly drama classes for ages 4-19, holiday projects, and opportunities to be involved in performance, directing and technical theatre. We also have an education department and a graduate company called Little Echo.
We are a community theatre.
We make work that is any and sometimes all of the following: bold, adventurous, challenging, classic, new and sometimes more than a little bit silly. Above all, our work always strives to be of the highest standard.
We are driven by a community of active members that includes local Putney residents, people from the borough of Wandsworth and from further afield throughout London. Being the base of both Putney Theatre Company and Group 64 Youth Theatre, we are driven by the hard work of our adult members and the playful experimentation of our youth.
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Formed in 1964 out of the coming together of a couple of local community drama groups, we began life as Group 64. 1968 saw us find a home in the Old Union Church which we continue to inhabit, gaining the freehold in the late 1990s with the help of a Lottery/Arts Council grant.
Throughout the years our plans for the building, acts of refurbishment and artistic output continued to expand alongside each other. In 1999 we brought Putney Players into our community and they became Putney Theatre Company with Group 64 looking after the dramatic pursuits of our young people.