Project information

Let Me In Festival 2018

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 continue to present and collaborate with renowned companies and open our building and programme up to being truly inclusive.

June 2018 - June 2018

Charity information: Rose Theatre Kingston

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  • Need


    The latest figures show that despite increasing awareness, disabled people remain significantly less likely to participate in cultural activities than non-disabled people. One disability cannot be treated the same as another and so accessible work must be created to cater for a wide range of needs. We must also take into consideration the cost that some activities bring, and the fact that some participants may not be able to accommodate this on a usual basis.


    By securing the best specialist companies whose practice spotlights disability, Let Me In Festival aims to provide theatre that is accessible to people living with disabilities and to raise awareness towards creating theatre that is fully inclusive. Showcasing a selection of the best workshops and events across our theatre helps to widen access to those for whom such activities might be otherwise cost-prohibitive as well as allowing them to share the experience with carers and families.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

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


    » To support and facilitate performances from visiting companies with experience in producing accessible work.
    » To provide dance, drama and music workshops throughout the festival by experienced practitioners.

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured by the variety of the programme we are able to offer. The more diversity in practitioners and participants, the more positive the outcome.

    Aim 2

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


    » The Dysart School which caters for special needs will be performing in the auditorium.
    » Kingston Adult Education will produce a piece with students who have disabilities.

    What success will look like

    Securing a good number of young people and adults with disabilities who will take part in performances produced alongside specialist organisations.

    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, we hope to encourage more people to return.

    What success will look like

    Through planning further events for and measuring uptake on future performance bookings from the target groups, supported by complimentary tickets provided by the theatre.

  • Impact


    For previous Let Me In festivals, there has been a positive correlation between audiences who’ve attended Let Me In events and attendance at Rose Christmas Productions. We hope that these figures will continue to rise. This will be the first year that adults will be involved in the festival, as previously it has only been open to children and young people. We aim to grow the Rose Theatre's Learning & Participation activities and establishing the Let Me In festival will inform further plans.


    As no two disabilities are the same, we need to ensure that our venue is well equipped to accommodate every person's needs. To do this we have and will continue to work closely with the partners involved in the festival, to make sure that we can make the Rose as welcoming and comfortable for all.


    Funders will receive a monthly email report on the project detailing the ongoing progress and activities and any changes to the project which will take place.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £800 Freewheelers Theatre Production costs
      £100 Dramatize Cost of a one hour workshop
      £200 Kingston Drama Group Production costs for performance involving young people and adults with disabiltiies
      £500 ExpressCIC Cost of workshop and comedy gala produced by ExpressCIC
      £250 Amici Dance Group Cost of 90 minute dance workshop
      £985 Technical Staff Costs Technical support throughout the festical
      £965 Front of House and Bar Staff Support throughout the festival
      £200 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 it's 5 years drawn in large crowds, however due to funding, it was unable to go ahead this year. The community have seemingly missed out this year on what we hope to be an ongoing and positive project, that is constantly developing.


    The primary beneficiaries will be children, young people and adults 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?

    Our charity 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 local community, we know from past experience that this project will be a success.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rachel Lochhead

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