Community

We provide events and activities across the year to inspire and engage people from Guildford and Surrey who are keen to get involved with the theatre. 

By working in partnership with schools, organisations and charities within the local community, we are able to design and deliver targeted activities and programmes for people who face barriers or have limited access to the arts. 

.......................................................................................................................................................

The audience enjoying a performance of pantomime.

Surrey Young Carers

Thanks to a generous donation by the Alchemy Trust, we were able to provide a total of 102 funded tickets to enable young carers from seven schools across Surrey to attend the opening night of the panto. At the start of the show they were celebrated in an address by the Mayor of Guildford and received a panto style ‘shout-out’ from Dame Sally the Cook during the performance.  Complimentary ice-creams were given to the group during the interval.

‘It gives these young people a chance to spend time with their families in a light-hearted way which is a far cry from the day to day lives they have most of the time. A lot of our families are financially struggling, and this provides the family with an opportunity to go to the theatre and do something together they would not normally be able to afford.  

For a lot of the students, this is the only time they will have even been inside a theatre and pantomime is a great intro to the wonderful world of drama and could trigger a passion in any one of them.’ Tina Male, Student Support Lead, Weydon School.

.......................................................................................................................................................

A technician and member of staff from the theatre show a participant from Surrey Choices a piece of software on a laptop backstage.

Surrey Choices

In partnership with Surrey Choices we support people with a range of disabilities to access the theatre through backstage tours and job opportunities in our café. 

.......................................................................................................................................................

The Hive Community Centre

In line with Covid guidance Peter Gordon (Dame Sally the cook) and James Merry (Idle Jack,) recorded a special panto Christmas message for the team at the Hive to share with their community and service users. We donated panto wands and crowns to be included in the Christmas packs sent to local families. 

.......................................................................................................................................................

YMCA Guildford Downslink

We support young asylum seekers living at the YMCA through providing funded tickets to see shows at the theatre. 

Through the YMCA we met a young person who loves dance. 

We have been able to support this young person by providing access to our Mill Studio and guidance on how to access local dance opportunities so that they can continue their artistic practice.