Chads Centenary Project
The core of our theatre was built by members in the late 50s and now needs a new roof. We will replace the roof over the auditorium, raise the roof over the stage area, replace the current lighting rig and refurbish the auditorium.
Chads Theatre Company
An outdated roof with asbestos
Lack of current ability to fly scenery and lighting
Health and safety problems for those setting lights
Inadequate storage facilities
The old roof will be replaced with improved insulation which will add to the comfort of patrons and the reduction of our carbon footprint.
The area over the stage will be raised to allow us to fly scenery and lights
A facility to set lighting rigs from stage level will be included as will a higher level gantry, both reducing the need to use ladders.
To resolve issues related to our outdated roof and poor insulation
Activities» The roof will be replaced and improved insulation installed
New roof in place and a reduction in the cost of heating the theatre
To improve the safety of people setting lighting and encourage more members to become involved
Activities» A facility to set lighting rigs at stage level will be developed as will an overhead gantry
Members who, in the past, have been reluctant to set lighting will be willing to become involved now that there is no need to
To refurbish the auditorium
Activities» Replace the current seating and redecorate
Seats will be replaced, new carpet laid and the auditorium redecorated
No leaks of water from the new roof
Reduction in heating costs - evidence in the bills
More comfortable temperatures in the auditorium and stage areas - feedback from actors, back stage staff and patrons
More members willing to work lighting plays because of the improved safety measures.
Loss of patrons because of the time the theatre will have to be closed.
Loss of income because we will put on 2 fewer plays.
We have dealt with this by ensuring that our studio space is now ready for use so that we can produce plays in this area, albeit to smaller audiences.
We have built in a contingency to our financial planning.
We will use our website, our regular newsletter and our programmes to feed back to donors.
Budget - Project Cost: £295,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £269,000 Building work Roof relacement, insullation, new lighting rig £26,000 Refurbishment New seats and decoration
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Chads Theatre Company £120,000 Guaranteed The Garfield Weston Foundation £25,000 Guaranteed Big Give Christmas Challenge 2014 £9,500 Guaranteed
Chads Theatre Company is in a conservation area in a South Manchester suburb. The project has planning permission.
Local community groups who use the theatre.
The 40 member Youth Studio
All members of the theatre
We have developed our own premises since the late fifties, and in the 80s devised a master plan to ensure that our building is fit for purpose in the 21st century.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Member of the Executive committee and professional architect
Member of the Executive Committee, Treasurer, financial co-ordinator and planner
Member of Executive Committee and theatre development group
Principal fund raiser.