One of our key charitable objectives is to engage with our local community and spread the magic of theatre. Every year, we engage with over 3,250 people - the majority of whom are school aged children - to develop a positive and impactful relationship with the arts. We visit schools, community groups and health & social care organisations to inspire people from all walks of life and educate and engage with them through the arts.
Your donations help the Grand to be a source of inspiration to and a symbol of pride for everyone in this region. Thank you for your support.
Relaxed Pantomime Performance Our Relaxed pantomime performance is a show which has been amended to suit an audience with various disabilities. This covers autism, learning disabilities, communication disorders and mental health issues.
The amendments make the Theatre environment and the show itself much more relaxing for patrons and allows them to enjoy the show without fear of anything scary or unpredictable happening and without fear of disturbing other patrons.
Loud noises, special effects and potentially upsetting scenes are changed or removed and house lights are left on in the auditorium. Front of house areas are also changed into chill out rooms with soft pillows and a live stream of the show is played on televisions in break out spaces so those who choose to use these rooms can still see the show. There is also an interpreter on stage for those with hearing impariments.
We believe the emotional and transformative impact of theatre should be experienced and cherished by everyone and the Grand Theatre prides itself on ensuring this experience is available to all. If you would like to donate to support our Relaxed pantomime performance, please contact our Fundraising Manager John Harrison on 01902 57 33 20, or email email@example.com.
‘Standing Tall’ is an exciting creative textile project that will engage with people from all ages and backgrounds who will create individual sections of textile that will combine to create clothing for an enormous giant! The giant will be installed at the Grand Theatre during our Jack & The Beanstalk pantomime from December 2017 to January 2018. The giant will reach up through 2 floors in the front of house area of the Theatre, appearing to crash through from one level to the next.
The patches can be created from a wide range of craft methods including embroidery, knitting, sewing or braiding.
Groups we have previously worked with include Teenage Cancer Trust, Age UK and Rowley Regis Cluster Children’s Centres. We aim to visit people who have limited access to the arts to give them a chance to get involved and have their voices heard on a big platform.
Make sure you come and look at the giant when you visit the pantomime this winter! If you would like to donate to support ‘Standing Tall’, please contact our Fundraising Manager John Harrison on 01902 57 33 20, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What we’ve achieved in 2017
Introduction to Pantomime The ‘Introduction to Pantomime’ is an interactive workshop which provides important access to theatre in a fun and exciting way to young people – some of whom may never have been to a theatre.
The session is split into two halves - Act 1 and Act 2. Act 1 comprised an interactive workshop exploring the history of pantomime, as well as introducing traditional pantomime characters and singing traditional songs. Act 2 was an interactive performance of Jack & the Beanstalk, which is our pantomime for 2017.
The West Midlands – particularly areas around Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall – are recognised by Arts Council England as significantly lacking in arts engagement. Projects like ‘Introduction to Pantomime’ are designed to address this cultural deprivation by providing access to the arts from a young age. This will hopefully give the young participants a passion for the arts which will continue to flourish as the children grow.
Earlier in the year, we raised £9,500 to buy state of the art headsets for patrons with hearing and vision impairments.
These headsets significantly improve our services to the local community of blind, visually impaired and hard of hearing people as they offer crisp Show Relays and utilise live Audio Description for our fantastic shows.
The Show Relay is mix of audio feeds from the sound desk of a performance which patrons can tune in to and is available at every performance. This clarifies music, sound effects and vocal lines involved in the shows and is of particular importance for those with poor hearing to never miss a moment.
Audio Description is a supplementary live commentary of the action. Before the show, the describer commences an introduction that covers cast descriptions, character relationships and details about costumes and set. We offer Audio Described performances usually once a month. This option is important for our blind and visually impaired patrons to give them the full theatre experience.
These headsets are free to use for any patron visiting the Grand and their simple design means they are very easy to work.
Trusts & Foundations
We are extremely grateful to the following charitable trusts and foundations who have supported our fundraising projects this year:
The Oakley Charitable Trust
The PB Dumbell Charitable Trust
The Rowlands Trust
The Roger & Douglas Turner Charitable Trust
Baron Davenport’s Charity
CB & HH Taylor 1984 Trust
The Grimmitt Trust
The Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust
The William A. Cadbury Charitable Trust
The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust