At the start of this year, we had the extreme pleasure of announcing our receipt of amdram.co.uk's Amateur Theatre Grant, awarded to projects designed to benefit a locality's amateur theatre community. Since we put the Cambridge community at the heart of everything we do, we were hugely excited to receive the award – which amdram.co.uk guaranteed to be at least £700.
The "at least" was because the actual amount would depend upon amdram.co.uk's advertisers. As the UK's go-to website for all things community theatre, amdram.co.uk receives support from companies advertising plays, staging, technical hire, and more – but, for 2019, amdram.co.uk decided to redirect all advertising revenue towards the Amateur Theatre Grant...
...which has left us with a fantastic amount of £1,315 to put towards our project – so far!
Our project is to run subsidised workshops on creative and/or technical aspects of community theatre, to increase the number of skilled backstage crew ready to join future Cambridge community theatre productions. We're not yet at liberty to disclose exactly who will be delivering these workshops, but we can tell you they hail from one of the most popular and long-running shows on the West End... Watch this space for more details coming soon!
To add to the excitement, the project will be run alongside Cambridge's Penguin Club – every local community theatre's first port of call for crew – and will be hosted by the ADC Theatre.
Hitting 187% of the target means we will definitely be able to subsidise the two workshops we hoped to, giving wannabe Cambridge techies, directors, MDs etc a chance to develop their craft whatever their circumstances. In fact, we might even be able to subsidise a third...
Everyone on the Pied Pipers committee would like to give a huge thanks to Jane of amdram.co.uk for making all of this possible!
Keep watching here, our social media, and our newsletter (sign up here) for more news on our workshops, coming very soon...!