I’m in the process of contacting all the primary schools in the Islington, Camden, Haringey and Hackney Boroughs, to invite them to bring their children to come and see Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales this December.
I received a phone call this afternoon from a very nice lady at a school who said she would love to bring all of her 90 children (and a number of adult chaperones) to come and see the show, but they simply couldn’t stretch to the ticket price to bring them.
Many of these schools have children whose families are facing financially difficult times, leaving the school to subsidise any trips for the children. The schools too are facing budget cutbacks and tight restraints on spending.
In such difficult times of economic crisis and personal struggle, never have theatre and the arts been more important. It’s of particular importance that we invest in a new generation of theatre audiences, and inspire them with creativity, imagination and positivity.
We are doing everything we can in association with the Pleasance to bring as many kids to the show as possible – as affordably as possible – and you can help us.
Now, I’m not sure if I’m allowed to ask you to donate money, since at the moment we’re not a charity, so I would like you to buy some programmes or posters for the show. Every pound received from these purchases will then be spent by us on funding a child from one of these local schools to come and experience the magic of theatre.
In addition to sending you the programmes or posters, I will keep you updated on how many kids we’ve been able to subsidise, and tell you about some of their experiences. If there’s anything else I can do for you in return for your purchase, just ask.
Income received from these purchases will be ring fenced to buy tickets for the schoolchildren, and not form part of any other expenditure on the show – that budget will be met by our kind investors and sponsors.
Please contact me to help, or make a paypal payment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will be having one less beer and one less packet of crisps this week, and I will be putting my money to better use.