Puppets For All - Community Engagement Programme
We believe nobody should miss out on theatre or creative arts projects due to social or economic circumstances. Little Angel Theatre’s Community Programme provides free tickets, workshops, space for community groups & a new accessible performance project, helping to ensure everyone feels welcome.
January 2018 - January 2019
Charity information: The Little Angel Theatre
Barriers to creative engagement can be financial, geographical, physical &/or cultural. Little Angel is situated in Islington: a complex, culturally diverse, socially & economically deprived inner city area. It is the 4th most deprived London borough, with 43% of children living in poverty, & ranks 4th for income deprivation affecting older people. Our Community Programme aims to ensure nobody is excluded from high quality, inspiring creative activities due to financial or social circumstances.
Our Community Programme works to ensure all community members feel welcome, particularly those that might not see the arts as relevant to their lives or a luxury they cannot afford. This includes: provision of free tickets & workshop places; bespoke community projects designed to cater to the needs of specific groups; offering accessible performances; & by touring our new Suitcase Puppet Show to isolated people unable to reach our venue due to personal circumstances, illness or mobility issues.
To provide accessible, positive recreational activities for children, adults and families.
Activities» By providing free tickets to our performances and free places on our creative participation activities through our ‘Puppets for All’ Scheme.
Feedback from beneficiaries & organisations who connect us with target groups. We consider the scheme a success if we engage new people & we place emphasis on re-engagement
To engage new community members that, for varying reasons, would normally feel unable to attend
Activities» Devise and deliver bespoke projects designed to benefit the needs of identified groups
Success will be measured through feedback received from participants and workshop leaders showing that the experience was beneficial to them personally and as a family.
To ensure our performances are accessible to community members with specific needs.
Activities» By providing relaxed and baby friendly performances.
Through the number of performances and audience feedback.
To reach isolated community members who are unable to make the journey to our venue.
Activities» By touring our new Suitcase puppet show that can travel to hospitals, daycentres and people's homes.
Audience feedback through before and after questionnaires.
These projects will help Little Angel Theatre to broaden our audience base by engaging members of the community who previously may have felt, for varying reasons, that our work was inaccessible. We have a sophisticated box office CMS that can monitor our audience profiles, attendance and re-engagement.
Monitoring and evaluation is built into all of our work, and we shall gather feedback from our bespoke groups and audiences, ensuring that we are meeting beneficiaries wishes and needs.
Lack of engagement from partner organisations. People simply not wanting to engage with the arts – it’s not for us.
Our experienced Community Engagement Manager is dedicated to building relationships with community groups & local people. We deliberately partner with voluntary sector organisations who have the expertise to engage with specific groups. All our staff & volunteers have DBS checks. We continually monitor & evaluate our strategy, to ensure we deal with any problems that arise swiftly
We produce an annual report called Angel Song which updates donors on our activity. This includes information about all Community projects, with pictures of activities and feedback from participants. Any specific requirements by donors can also be met with sufficient notice.
Budget - Project Cost: £10,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £3,500 Puppets For All Tickets 300 free tickets £1,400 Puppets For All Workshops 20 free workshop places £486 Accessible Performances Visual Stories, rehearsal time, marketing £1,750 Community Groups Workshop leader, project management, materials, outreach marketing £1,800 Suitcase Show Performer x 36 performances £240 Suitcase Show Transport x 36 performances £824 Suitcase Project Management x 36 performances
Our Community work predominantly takes place at Little Angel Studios in Sebbon Street Estate, a five minute walk from our main theatre. The studios are situated in an area classified in the latest government Indices of Multiple Deprivation as being in the most deprived 20% in the country. Where more appropriate – work also takes place in community settings & schools. The Suitcase show will take place in hospitals, care homes, hospices, daycentres & homes around London.
We work closely with Islington Council & over 40 local groups & charities that support children, families & isolated individuals in economically or socially disadvantaged circumstances. These networks help us identify who would benefit most from our Puppets for All scheme, Suitcase Performance, or who may benefit from a bespoke project. This year we have run projects with, amongst others: Packington Children’s Centre, Islington Refugee & Migrant Centre, Solace Women’s Aid & North London Cares.
We are a unique theatre, one of only 3 puppet theatres in England. Puppetry is a highly accessible way to discover theatre and the arts, particularly for children, those with learning disabilities and those who have English as a second language. We have over 15 years of experience delivering high quality educational and participation activities and our theatre has produced excellent puppetry theatre for over 55 years.
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Our Community Engagement Officer will manage the bespoke groups & work closely with partner organisations in developing new beneficiary relationships
Our Schools Programme Manager, oversees our outreach activities. She is a former primary school teacher and has 8 years’ experience in the arts.
Our Head of Learning, oversees our education and participation projects ensuring high quality delivery of activities and continued monitoring.
will pay for a child to see a performance who could not otherwise afford access to the arts.
Most of our children have special needs. Their parents have told us that they don’t go out often because of the way members of the public have reacted if their children “acted up”. It helped us that the staff at the theatre were understanding when three of our children “acted up” during our visit.