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Project information

Pantomime treat for local Food Bank clients

The Theatre would like to provide a little fun, enjoyment, and magical entertainment this Christmas for clients of the local foodbank through donating ten complimentary family tickets, with ice cream vouchers and a goody bag, for the Theatre's renowned pantomime.

November 2018 - January 2019

Charity information: The Theatre Chipping Norton

The Theatre Chipping Norton logo
  • Need


    Despite a reputation of affluence Chipping Norton has pockets of notable social deprivation, highlighted by growing reliance on the local food bank. Christmas can be difficult for struggling families with children stigmatised by peer-pressure and parents/carers left with feelings of worthlessness at their 'failure' to provide the treats, presents and outings that their children see others enjoying.

    The Theatre would like to provide a little fun and magical entertainment for clients of the food


    Attending the panto would be something special to look forward to and something positive to talk about, reducing social isolation and difference, as well as the chance to enjoy a traditional Christmas activity at no cost to themselves, providing relief in both financial and emotional terms. For some of the families this may not be their first panto, and for them it could be a way of 'normalising' Christmas at a difficult point in their lives; for others it may be an introduction to live theatre.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Relieving poverty


    » Offer complimentary family tickets to our pantomime with goody bags and ice cream vouchers.

    What success will look like

    Up to ten families receiving comlimentary pantomime tickets.

    Aim 2

    Introduction to the arts


    » For some of the families this may not be their first panto, for others it may be a new experience, introducing them to the pleasure of live theatre.

    What success will look like

    Up to ten families attending The Theatre pantomime; a percentage of these are likely to be first time visitors

  • Impact


    Direct long term changes are not expected from this project; a lighthearted positive cultural experience can help people to escape momentarily from the stresses and strains of daily life and we would hope that the 'glow' from panto would linger over the Christmas period, helping relieve some of the stresses that many people encounter. Indirectly we may see more people taking up subsidised tickets to other events, or bursaries to workshops etc. but this is not a primary aim of the project.


    Poor take-up - we have discussed this project with the food bank to ensure that tickets are presented positively, as a genuinely altrustic, no strings offer.


    Post panto feedback detailing the number of tickets claimed, with anonymous feedback from any recipients happy to share comments with us.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,345

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      Amount Heading Description
      £520 Adult tickets 20 adult tickets
      £660 Child tickets 30 child tickets
      £150 Refreshment vouchers 50 Ice creams
      £15 Badges 30 souvenier panto badges
  • Background


    The Theatre, Chipping Norton


    Clients of Chipping Norton Foodbank - mainly families

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the best panto in the area!

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Glenn Wheeler

    Deputy Front of House Manager - welcomes and looks after our audience

    Volunteer Ushers - Too Many To Mention

    Welcome and look after the panto audience

    Helen Datson

    Head of Fundraising, promotion of the ticket offer and distribution of tickets

    The Panto Cast And Creative Team

    Creating a fantstic show and a night to remember!