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Project information

Let Me In Festival 2019

Let Me In Festival presents and celebrates work for, by and about people with learning and physical disabilities.

Our mission for this festival is to build upon the success of the 2018 and grow the festival to include further activities and reach a greater number of participants than ever before.

June 2019 - June 2019

Charity information: Rose Theatre Kingston

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  • Need


    The Rose Theatre is continuing its aim to grow its access list, in order to increase participation from people from all walks of life in theatrical events at the venue.

    With government figures showing an increase in the isolation of children and young people with access needs, we must fight to create opportunities for inclusion, particularly within the arts, and ensure that people of all abilities feel like the theatre is a safe and inviting place to visit and be involved in.


    The Let Me In Festival will include a varied programme of performances and workshops for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) of all ages, delivered by experienced practitioners.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide accessible performances and workshops for people with learning and physical disabilities


    » To support and facilitate performances by companies with experience in presenting pieces for SEND participants.
    » To provide dance, drama and music workshops throughout the festival by experienced practitioners catering for SEND participants of a variety of ages.

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured by the variety of the programme on offer. We must ensure that there are a range of events aimed at a variety of ages and catering to many different needs.

    Aim 2

    To give people with disabilities the opportunity to produce their own theatre.


    » To aim to provide workshops to enable participants to create short performances of their own within a comfortable and safe learning environment.
    » To aim to involve Kingston Adult Education and The Dysart School in presenting their own performances involving local SEND participants.

    What success will look like

    Involving as many participants in this area as possible will demonstrate that we have achieved this aim. The aim is to involve rather than create something polished and perfect.

    Aim 3

    To encourage people with disabilities to continue to attend events at the theatre, post-festival.


    » By bringing them into the space and involving them in events and a sensory tour, we hope to encourage more people to return.

    What success will look like

    Through measuring uptake on future performance bookings from the target groups, alongside the growth of our access list supported by complimentary tickets provided by the theatre.

  • Impact


    The desired outcome of this festival is to continue to focus on making the Rose a fully functioning venue of inclusivity.

    Our access list is currently small but we are increasingly offering more activities for participants with learning, physical or sensory needs. However awareness seems to be a key issue despite targeted marketing.

    The 2019 festival will focus on raising awareness of the activity we provide to grow our current list and continue our focus on improving the accessibility.


    There is always a risk that we won't reach the volume of participants that we desire. Even with succinct marketing, one of our productions this year failed to reach the desired target number of audience members. However this experience has brought with it new skills to tackle problems like this.

    We have learnt to ensure that we not only approach local schools and organisations, but also ask for the help of related charities to direct us to participants with identified needs.


    Funders will receive regular updates on the project detailing the ongoing progress and activities and any changes to the project which will take place. We found that donors to our 2018 festival were very satisfied with communications.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,500 Chickenshed Production costs
      £1,500 Oily Cart Production costs
      £850 Other Funds for Kingston Adult Education and Dysart School to produce performances
      £1,000 Orpheus Trust Total cost of 4 workshops
      £400 Photographer Photographer fee for full festival coverage
      £985 Technical Staff Costs Technical support throughout the festical
      £965 Front of House and Bar Staff Support throughout the festival
      £800 Producers Fee Fee for producing the festival
  • Background


    The Rose has made a huge difference to the local population and economy, and inspiration and interest must be encouraged from the many backgrounds and experiences of our generations, so that we can play a role in their lives as they can in ours.

    The festival has in its 6 years drawn in a wide variety of participants who have all left encouraging and positive feedback about their experiences. But there are still more people to reach. By continuing this festival, we can do this.


    The primary beneficiaries will be children and young people who will have the opportunity to develop their artistic talents and gain practical hands on experience in the arts. Participants family, friends and carers would also benefit by seeing loved ones build in confidence.

    Other beneficiary groups include Rose Theatre staff who gain experience of working with a diverse audience from Let Me In Festival. From this, our staff will take that knowledge forward to develop further work.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Rose has a reputation for producing world class theatre and we know that we have the facilities and partnerships to provide a well-rounded and insightful experience for people with disabilities. With support from an encouraging and involved local community, we know from past experience that this project will be a success. Provision of theatre for SEND audiences in Kingston, SW London and the wider local community needs to improve and grow, and the Rose is well placed to lead this.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lucy Richards

    Development Manager - Dedicated to raising the funds to ensure that all staff and partners have sufficient monies to produce a quality festival.

    Kristen Gallagher

    Director of Development - Leads the theatre's overall fundraising efforts.

    Harriet Astbury

    Producing Assistant - Will be responsible for producing the festival.