SHIne On -
Support Your local Theatre
In keeping with an old theatre tradition Putney Arts Theatre has hung a ghost light in our main auditorium as a symbol of hope for when our doors open once more.
Inspired by this image we have renamed our theatre’s fundraiser ‘Shine on - Support your local theatre’ and will keep this spirit of optimism with us throughout the challenging months ahead.
When we closed our classes, shows and other income-generating activities we knew we would be faced with an uncertain future. It is now becoming more apparent that we will not be able to ‘go back to normal’ as soon as we hoped or would like. As a result we now estimate that our funding gap may be £69k. We have been fortunate to receive a government grant of £25k and are taking part in the government-sponsored furlough scheme for staff. We are also actively seeking other ways of meeting this new target.
We have received many generous donations and want to thank you all for these and your continuing support. We are increasing our donation goal to £20k and hope this will help us to bridge the funding gap. If you are able to support us through a one-off donation or regular monthly giving this will help us to ‘Shine On’ until we are back. Thank you again for your support.
Help Putney Arts Theatre
With the second lockdown ending and the move into Tier 2 for London we wanted to update you on our plans and activities for December.
Shine On Festival
Shine On festival is Group 64’s first digital festival shining a light on what we can do rather than what we can't! Shine on festival is a diverse mixture of interactive workshops led by industry professionals, exciting performances by Group 64 members, as well as mindfulness sessions every morning. Details are on the ‘What's On’ page of the website.
To book your place visit our production page. https://www.g64.org.uk/productions/shine-on-festival.html
Stories in the Attic
PTC are planning a socially distanced live performance for members, friends and families on:
Saturday 12thDecember - 3pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 13thDecember - 3pm Only
Eight stories from eight different tellers; each unique, but each with a secret to safeguard amongst the creaking floorboards and tilting eaves. Through folk tales, ghost stories and journeys from across the globe, this will be a festive theatrical treat for all ages.
The Upper Richmond Road Christmas Fair
On the weekend of the 12th & 13th December, as part of The Upper Richmond Road Christmas Fair, Putney Arts Theatre will be hosting a small Christmas event in our forecourt. We’ll have mince pies, mulled wine, take away arts & crafts and a theatre stall.
The main event is on Sunday 13th between 11-3 and if you are in the area or passing by please drop in and say hello.
And of course there is out amazing Shine Online Christmas raffle with 12 exciting prizes. The draw will take place on December 13th.
We hope that you continue to keep well and healthy and hope to see you soon.
You can read a statement from Group 64 about their current situation here.
You can read a statement from Putney Theatre Company about their current situation here.
What We Do
Putney Arts Theatre is home to two theatre groups, as well as having exhibitions, events and outside performance groups in regularly from the local community.
PUTNEY THEATRE COMPANY
One of the leading adult amateur theatre companies in the UK.
We produce theatre that challenges our audiences, but also entertains them. We provide a friendly atmosphere, a rehearsal process that helps actors develop, get to know new friends and become a part of our local community.
GROUP 64 Theatre FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
We are a Young People's Theatre Company based in the heart of Putney.
We run weekly drama classes for ages 4-19, holiday projects, and opportunities to be involved in performance, directing and technical theatre. We also have an education department and a graduate company called Little Echo.
We are a community theatre.
We make work that is any and sometimes all of the following: bold, adventurous, challenging, classic, new and sometimes more than a little bit silly. Above all, our work always strives to be of the highest standard.
We are driven by a community of active members that includes local Putney residents, people from the borough of Wandsworth and from further afield throughout London. Being the base of both Putney Theatre Company and Group 64 Youth Theatre, we are driven by the hard work of our adult members and the playful experimentation of our youth.
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Formed in 1964 out of the coming together of a couple of local community drama groups, we began life as Group 64. 1968 saw us find a home in the Old Union Church which we continue to inhabit, gaining the freehold in the late 1990s with the help of a Lottery/Arts Council grant.
Throughout the years our plans for the building, acts of refurbishment and artistic output continued to expand alongside each other. In 1999 we brought Putney Players into our community and they became Putney Theatre Company with Group 64 looking after the dramatic pursuits of our young people.