Project information

Enter Stage Left

The project aims to offer opportunities for schools, community groups and individuals who would not otherwise be able to visit the theatre to do so free of charge. For some, this will mean having the opportunity of experiencing the power and excitement of live theatre for the first time.

December 2010 - December 2011

Charity information

Richmond Theatre Trust

Richmond Theatre Trust
  • Need


    Making a visit to the theatre is becoming increasingly difficult for schools and community groups. In the current economic climate, parents and other individuals are less able to afford to pay for trips and extra-curricular activities, and the Rarely Cover scheme in schools means that the added expense of a supply teacher is added to already costly trips. Both of these factors have seen a decline in the theatre visits that play an important part in education.


    The Enter Stage Left Scheme will offer local schools and community groups the opportunity to apply for up to £300 of funding to cover the costs of a visit to the theatre to see a production, take part in a workshop, or obtain assisted places for their pupils or members in our regular classes and courses. RTT will work closely with the local council, schools and partner organisations in order to establish areas of greatest need.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve access to Richmond Theatre’s activities for local schools


    » Liaise with local council representatives and local schools to establish key areas of need.
    » Promote the scheme to all local schools in Richmond, Hounslow, Ealing and Kingston.
    » Review applications and select participating schools.
    » Arrange visits/workshops for participating schools.

    Success will be awarding a number of grants to schools with whom we have not worked before, and for whom a visit to the theatre would otherwise not be possible.

    Aim 2

    Provide opportunities for community groups to engage with the theatre


    » Work with key community partners to establish areas of need
    » Promote the scheme to groups including youth groups, looked after children’s services, home-schooling networks, day-care and community centres etc.
    » Review applications and select participating groups.
    » Arrange visits/workshops for participating groups.

    Success will be awarding grants to community groups in greatest need, in line with LBRuT’s Cultural partnership plan.

    Aim 3

    Provide opportunities for disadvantaged individuals to access RT’s programme of classes and courses.


    » Work alongside local teachers, community partners and local council representatives to establish key areas of need.
    » Establish a referral scheme for teachers and community group leaders.
    » Engage the participant fully in the theatre’s activities.

    Success will be engaging with a number of individuals for whom taking part in arts activities is new, and maintaining contact long-term with the individual following the project.

  • Impact


    The project will reverse the decline in school visits, and visits by marginalised groups and individuals, and provide them with valuable creative experiences.
    We will demonstrate success by monitoring the numbers of groups and individuals benefiting from the scheme. It would be proved particularly successful if we were to offer 50% of grants to those who have not visited the theatre before. We will work closely with teachers, group leaders and parents, to measure the impact on participants


    There are few risks involved in this project. The main risk involve would be an overwhelming response from applicants, resulting in disappointment if they were not given assistance towards ticket or workshop costs. We would aim to distribute funding as evenly as possible across the groups who apply to the scheme, with a panel including local teachers, a council representative and the Creative Learning Manager assessing each application.


    Donors to this project will receive a monthly email report on the project detailing the ongoing and forthcoming activities and any necessary changes that have been made to the project plans. They will also be invited to attend key workshops and performances funded by the scheme.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £18,000 Ticket Grants This will allow a minimum of 60 groups or individuals to benefit from the scheme
      £2,000 Adminstration Costs Marketing, Project Management etc

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    RTT Panto Collection £800 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The borough of Richmond upon Thames has a rich tradition of artistic activity. Although the area is considered affluent there are five areas of relative deprivation within the borough (Ham, Heathfield, Castlenau, Mortlake and Hampton) and the borough is neighbored by the less affluent boroughs of Hounslow and Ealing. Richmond Theatre Trust has always worked closely with key community partners to establish links to these areas of the community.


    The main beneficiaries of the project will be the schools, community groups and individuals who attend performances or take part in workshops.
    The theatre and visiting production companies will benefit from the scheme by being able to connect with new audiences.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    RTT was established to support Creative Learning activities at Richmond Theatre which improve access to the theatre and provide opportunities for participation for a wide cross-section of the community. Each year over 3,000 people take part in a huge variety of activities including workshops, courses and special projects made possible by the Trust. We have built up and delivered a successful programme over the last 10 years and continue to develop it to meet the needs of the local community.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jane Metcalfe - Creative Learning Manager

    Jane is an experienced educational project manager, whose knowledge and community contacts will be key in developing our aims.