Project information

Wind in The Willows - Promenade Theatre


Increasing access to arts by offering affordable accessible live theatre in 2 local parks in Lambeth. This will be an hour long promenade production commissioned for the company with original music. We will also offer free tickets to playschemes from the most deprived areas of the borough.

July 2018 - August 2018

Charity information: Sixteenfeet Productions

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  • Need

    Need

    The diminishing arts provision in state schools means many of children do not have access to arts participation. Access to plays and music may be limited due to economic or cultural reasons denying them the opportunity to explore their own creativity or take part in our shared cultural heritage. There is a lack of positive and
    stimulating activities for young people during the school holidays particularly for those from the most deprived wards that make up the Brixton locality.

    Solution


    By offering high quality professional theatre in a familiar space children will be introduced to live performance. This will provide a positive interactive and enriching experience and increase arts participation.
    Workshops related to the production will be offered to children on playschemes encouraging their creativity and curiosity. We will engage local teenagers as crew and stewards offering positive opportunities and work experience during the summer holidays.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To increase arts provision that is affordable, accessible, inclusive and fun.

    Activities

    » Produce a promenade production of Wind in the Willows reimagined for a young urban generation in Brockwell Park Walled Garden and Streatham Rookery.
    » Provide 200 free tickets to local play schemes to attend a performance and take part in post show workshops. Juice and fruit will be provided.
    » Provide paid work experience and volunteering opportunities to young people as crew and stewards during the production.

    Success will be 2,000 attending the 23 performances including 1000 children with 200 attending for free. Feedback forms for children and group leaders will monitor engagement.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The project will increase the cultural offer locally and may spark a life-long enjoyment of theatre. We will aim to build on this with closer links with schools and PTA’s both through our Christmas show for primary schools and workshops increasing creative opportunities for young people. We will demonstrate the success of the project by the written and verbal feedback we get from children and group leaders and their engagement in the performance and workshops.

    Risk

    The weather is a risk but a familiar one. Tickets would be valid for another performance and shows carry on in light rain provided this is not a health and safety issue.
    Lack of funding could mean raising ticket prices making tickets less affordable. We aim to keep ticket prices at previous year's level so that no-one is excluded through cost.
    We are confident we can deliver this project successfully. This will be our tenth year of delivering open air promenade theatre in Lambeth parks

    Reporting

    We will email regular newsletters and updates. Donors will receive invitations to a performance. At the end of the project we will submit a monitoring and evaluation report and, if finances allow, a short film including excerpts from the show and audience vox pops.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £22,866

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,417 Rehearsal Wages 7 Actors rehearsal fees
      £7,383 Performance Wages 7 x Actors plus 2 Stage Management fees
      £5,129 Fees Director, designer, Composer,Writer
      £506 Physical Production Set, Props & Costumes
      £2,622 Marketing Fliers, Photographer, press & comms
      £690 Rent Rent & site fees (dressing room/storage)
      £2,139 General & Admin Van hire, administration, insurance etc;
      £1,980 200 free tickets & workshops 200 tickets 6 workshops, fruit & juice

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Earned Income based on 2017 figures £16,867 Guaranteed
    Sponsorship £450 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Our locations are the Walled Garden in Brockwell Park and Streatham Rookery Gardens in Lambeth.
    Our focus for Brockwell will be the Brixton locality consisting of the 5 most deprived wards with the highest number of households with dependent children, the highest population of young people under 17 and the highest population of Black British and Black Africa/Caribbean residents. We will work with Lambeth Young Co-op to reach local play schemes. 36% of Lambeth children live in poverty.

    Beneficiaries

    Our direct beneficiaries will be children 5-11. The total number of children expected are 1000 with an equal gender ratio expected.This will include 200 free tickets to children on playschemes from the most deprived areas. Families and communities will also benefit from the positive impact this will have on the young people attending as we aim to provide a stimulating and enjoyable experience for all participants. For many it will be their first experience of live theatre.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Sixteenfeet Productions is best placed to carry out this project as we have a proven track record of delivering these summer projects. 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of our first summer production in Brockwell Park and we have produced a play every year since then. We have developed a network with many local schools and community organisations. We have a reputation for delivering high quality professional work with a cast and creative team that reflect the diversity of our community.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Andrew Walsh (Www.Andrewwalsh.Com)

    Playwright Andrew is a local playwright and games writer whose work for Sixteenfeet includes The Jungle Book and Aladdin for primary schools.

    Guy Holden (Www.Guyholden.Com)

    Guy is the Composer. He also works as a teacher and believer in the value of the arts in the creative and emotional development of young people

We have an issue in this country in terms of working class people having access to activities like writing and plays and music. Working class people are under-resourced when it comes to the arts and we need to rebalance that

Sir Lenny Henry