The generous support of the following Trusts & Foundations is enabling us to work closely with our local community.
With thanks to funding from the Eveson Trust, Worcestershire County Council and Waitrose Community Matters scheme, we are now running ‘relaxed’ film cinema screenings for people who would benefit from a more informal cinema environment.
Relaxed performances are specially designed for those who find regular performances challenging, including (but not limited to) those with dementia, autism spectrum conditions, people with learning difficulties and those with sensory or communication difficulties.
Bridget Lloyd, Head of Engagement & Creative Learning, said: “Malvern Theatres is a theatre for all, and we hope our relaxed screenings will encourage those who may find regular screenings challenging to come along and enjoy this experience. We’re committed to making the arts accessible for all and we’re grateful to our sponsors for their support.”
For further information on our Relaxed Screenings, please click here.
With the help of a £1,800 grant from The Patrick Trust, we are working with Acorns Children’s Hospice, Worcestershire Young Carers and other community groups to deliver a Care Project which will enable us to combat and overcome potential barriers to arts engagement by bringing live theatre experiences directly into the community.
In Spring 2017 the cast of Joseph & his Technicolour Dreamcoat visited Acorns Children’s Hospice and treated the children, parents, staff and volunteers to a special one-off performance. This was a wonderful event and was very gratefully received by everyone at Acorns.
“A massive thank you for arranging for the Joseph company to visit on Friday, as you could probably tell everyone was so grateful and appreciative. The children and the families absolutely loved it along with the volunteers and staff.” Katreena Barnes, Volunteers Manager
Following the Acorns visit, we welcomed the Worcestershire Young Carers to the theatre for an exclusive look behind the scenes and free tickets to a performance of Joseph. The night was a terrific success and a well-deserved treat for the amazing young people who work so hard to look after parents/guardians or siblings who are ill or have a disability.
In addition to the work with Acorns Hospice and Worcestershire Young Carers, we have hosted four Open Theatre workshops. These workshops offered an interactive session with Richard Hayhow, one of the UK`s leading practitioners in non-verbal physical theatre. Open Theatre is a UK leading company that works with adults and young people in the community and professional theatre settings. This provided a fabulous opportunity for individuals to work together and discover innovative ways of engaging and interacting with each other through the medium of theatre.
“Theatre can play such an important role in people’s lives, helping them to identify what it is they want to do with their lives and providing a space for reflection and exploration of who they are and their place in the world. This is vitally important for people with learning disabilities and is one of the main drivers of the work I do.” Richard Hayhow, Open Theatre Company.
We are extremely grateful to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation for the award of £4,000 towards our Advanced Course in Drama and Performance in Professional Theatre to be held this August. Led by industry professionals including Neil Pearson and Timothy West, the course will provide an exclusive glimpse into the world of professional theatre.
“I am writing to state my support of the plans you at Malvern Theatres have to run a summer Drama and Performance Course in 2017. The benefits for participants who are hoping to pursue a career in the Theatre and the arts will be both vast and valuable. Working as a performer is demanding, and training for young people costly. I have experienced first-hand the diversity of skills and the steadfast commitment required to pursue this career. A course of this type will be enriching, challenging, fun and stimulating, ensuring participants prepare for the path ahead through learning skills and developing techniques from those of us who already have experience. We must ensure that the next generation safeguard the arts so they continue to thrive and inspire.”
Sir Derek Jacobi
As a registered charity, we would like to thank the following trusts and foundations. We are extremely grateful for their commitment and generosity.