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Project information

Women & Theatre Van Appeal

We make deep work about things that matter, reflecting the language and lives of ordinary people. We deal with sometimes difficult subject matter with warmth, sincerity and humour. We take our work to places where people meet, work and feel comfortable. To do this, we need a van.


Charity information: Women & Theatre

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  • Need


    A van is vital to the work we do as the majority of our work is in informal, non theatre spaces such as doctor’s surgeries, community centres, bingo halls, football stadia and bail hostels. We do not have the resources to buy a new vehicle outright and buying one on finance would add further to our running costs, forcing us to charge more for our performances. We want to remain as accessible as possible to as many people as possible by being mobile and affordable.


    Our ethos is about working with people in the heart of their community, wherever they are. A van will enable us to take our popular programme of work that addresses a range of health and social issues to people and places all over the West Midlands and beyond. It will mean less resources spent on keeping our old vehicle running and more on making new work. It will enable us to continue to develop and deliver high quality new theatre to new and hard to reach audiences.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To buy a new van to replace our elderly touring vehicle


    » To use the van to take our work out across Birmingham, the West Midlands and beyond.

    What success will look like

    Success will be having the new vehicle on the road, delivering projects

    Aim 2

    To make our work accessible to people who are hard to reach


    » Take our work out to people where they meet, work and feel comfortable

    What success will look like

    Success will be positive feedback from our partners and contributing to their outcomes

    Aim 3

    Build on our current touring and workshop programme across the West Midlands


    » Deliver 40 performances attended by 2000 people in 30 non theatre venues in 2011/12
    » To deliver 200 workshop sessions to 1000 people in 2011/12

    What success will look like

    Success will be monitoring our performance programme and its reach to ensure that we meet our performance, workshop and attendance targets.

  • Impact


    By supporting this project, donors will be able to contribute to a tangible resource that will bring long term benefits to the organisation, the work it delivers and the people it works with. We will have additional financial security and stability resulting from having new, reliable and cost efficient transport. We will demonstrate this by being able to build on our programme and reduce overheads.


    There is a risk that even with a new vehicle, maintenance and running costs will be high. To deal with this, we have researched a vehicle that combines fuel efficiency and reliability. We will ensure that the vehicle is regularly serviced and maintained. There is also a risk that one particular vehicle may not suit our needs. The vehicle identified has a flexible layout and so could carry between 3 and 6 passengers as well as large loads of scenery, lights etc.


    Donors to the project will receive our quarterly email newsletter that updates on all our work. This will enable them to follow our projects, see who we are working with, what issues we are addressing and how far our reach is. Our accounts and annual report are available on request.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £16,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £16,000 New Van Purchase of new vehicle

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Co-operative Community Foundation £1,000 Guaranteed
    Rowley Trust £500 Guaranteed
    W&T Fundraising Event £1,256 Guaranteed
    Sale of Old Van £3,200 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We work across Birmingham and the West Midlands. Recent projects include May & June: healthy eating project for primary schools commissioned by Walsall NHS; Tuned In: creative writing workshops leading to 6 radio plays by visually impaired young people; Talking Balls: piece on men’s health touring football stadia; Cervical Monologues: commissioned by Dudley NHS to increase uptake of screening services


    We work with people of all ages, backgrounds and ethnicities across the West Midlands and beyond. In 2009/10, we worked with almost 3500 people. Recently, we have worked with women in a bail hostel, visually impaired children, schools across all phases and stages, adults with learning disabilities, families with disabled young children, looked after young people, NEETs and people who are disadvantaged on the basis of their social, economic and employment status.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    For 26 years, we have been committed to working with communities to make theatre that is a catalyst for social change. We are known for our trademark approach of making work from the words and experiences of real people. We are commissioned by a range of partners to deal with sometimes difficult subject matter in recognition that our methods reach people in ways that traditional promotion methods do not. We have a loyal and dedicated following and a special place in the local arts landscape.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Janice Connolly

    Artistic Director. Highly skilled performer and workshop leader whose dedication and energy has driven the company since its inception

    Terina Talbot

    Associate Director. Experienced and performer, director and workshop leader and long standing creative collaborator.

    Jess Williams

    General Manager. Highly skilled manager with 10 years in arts management with particular skills in business and organisational development.