Here at the Space, we take great pride in the accessibility of our theatre. In the last month alone we have welcomed 755 audience members, presented 17 shows, supported 32 artists and involved 41 members of our community in our participatory activities not to mention the castings, martial arts lessons and childrenâ€™s birthday parties. As the only theatre on the Isle of Dogs, our Grade II listed building is in constant use.
However, with constant use comes constant maintenance and we are currently facing winter with rapidly failing â€˜house lightsâ€™. This is the lighting system that allows audiences to find their seats safely and much needed rehearsals to continue into the evening. The existing halogen house lights were installed shortly before the venue opened in 1996 meaning the parts of the lights that are failing are no longer cost effective to replace.
But we have a plan. A new design for the house lights using LED lighting has been created by Lighting Designer, Martin Goodman. Environmentally friendly, cheaper to run and more flexible to the Spaceâ€™s needs, this will enable us to conserve energy and save money.
We have been granted Â£5,000 from the Theatreâ€™s Trust London Theatres Small Grants Scheme towards this cause and have raised over Â£1,000 through our fundraising events. We’re so grateful to everyone who have come along to our quiz nights and supported local resident David Grindley’s on his sponsored walk but now…
We need to raise Â£6,000.
We need you.
Hereâ€™s how you can help.
1. Wear your best Christmas jumperâ€¦
and come along to our Keep The Lights On Cabaret on the 16th December. An evening of music, dance and dazzling snow-business. Expect mulled wine, mince pies, a festive raffle AND a Christmas jumper competition (of course). What better way to kick off the season of goodwill in style?
Visit our campaign page where you can support us in reaching our goal. Â£5, Â£10, Â£50, whatever you can afford, every penny will be spent on new lights helping staff, volunteers, artists and audience members to see more clearly.
3. Spread the word
Twitter. Facebook. In the office. Where ever you can. The more we can spread the word the more chance we have of reaching our goal to #KeepTheLightsOn.
Thank you in advance
The Space team x
@SpaceArtsCentre / #KeepTheLightsOn