Our annual Ageless campaign supports all the work we do for people who may not find it easy to get involved in theatre.
It costs £100,000 a year to run this amazing programme of events and activities and, as a registered charity we rely on the generosity of people like you to help us.
We have been bowled over by the generosity of our audience members, our Friends and the general public. Your support has helped us to provide life-changing experiences for people who might otherwise miss out, and helped to enrich people’s lives with the joy of creative expression, socialising and the treat of seeing a show!
This year our annual Ageless Week is moving online. Now more than ever we recognise the importance of community and art, and want to make sure that while we aren't able to host live events at the Theatre, that we do continue to provide our community with events remotely. During the week we will be hosting a range of free family and dementia friendly events to raise awareness and welcome donations for our Ageless campaign.
Ageless - November 2019
Over the past year, since Giving Tuesday 2018, we have provided 180 sessions of our adult learning service Get Into It, with an average of 110 participants weekly. 2019 saw our first ever Script Lab, a course for more advanced playwrights, culminating in script-in-hand reading events in the final two weeks of the summer term.
This year we piloted a new transport element, working with community companion service Driving Miss Daisy, and 36 people attended performances with a CFT Buddy; we also trained 13 new volunteers and created an informational video to encourage more people to use the scheme.
The CFT Buddies Scheme is supported by
Artist in Care Homes
A brand new dementia friendly scheme of work was piloted at Hillside Lodge Care Home in Pulborough. Artists in Care Homes was an intensive project within this specialised care setting. Georgia, the lead artist on the project, spent three months getting to know the residents and learning how best to interact with them. Together they created three ‘baskets’ containing all the necessary ingredients for ‘A Day Out’ within the comfort of the home. This is a particularly exciting area of our work and one we will be looking to expand in 2020.
Tapestries was a pilot project aimed at reaching individuals who use the services of the Stonepillow Hostel in Chichester. Stonepillow is a registered charity working to relieve homelessness and social exclusion in the Arundel and Chichester District and striving to empower its clients to make positive changes in their lives.
Conceived and delivered by Beth Sedgwick, CFT’s 2018 Community Partnerships Trainee, this project ran between May and July, and culminated in the creation of a 15-minute radio play and a sharing of the finished work for the participants and guests at CFT.
These performances welcome individuals, groups and families with children on the autism spectrum, with sensory and communication disorders, a learning disability or anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment.
This year we were delighted to offer relaxed performances for Sleeping Beauty and Oklahoma!. During our Winter season we programmed two additional relaxed and accessible productions, as well as eight performances of Flute Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream specifically for young people on the autism spectrum and their families.
Theatre Tour for the Visually Impaired
We have been working with two volunteers with sight loss to create a bespoke backstage tour of CFT for patrons who are visually impaired. A pilot of the tour received positive feedback and we hope to offer a public tour during 2020.
Ageless - August 2019
A huge thank you to all who participated in Ageless Week from 12 to 17 August. With children’s events, various Play in a Day sessions, opportunities to learn the basics British Sign Language, how to audio describe a play or learn more about the theatre, as well as dancing and dementia friendly singing events, there was something for everyone. We were delighted that over 250 of you joined in, and we received some wonderful feedback.
In addition to our creative and community events, we raised over £7,000 towards Ageless campaign, so thank you very much to all who donated.
Great fun having permission to sing and make a noiseMind, Body, Sing Yer Heart Out! participant
That was really liberatingHoedown Hop participant
I had no idea how much CFT did for those with visual impairments, it’s incredibleHow to Audio Describe A Play participant
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Stay tuned for more updates and feedback on our Ageless work, helping to keep theatre and live art at the heart of people’s lives, especially for older people at risk of isolation.