The People's Theatre Company


To reduce the financial, practical and intellectual barriers faced by children in areas of deprivation to having joyful and inspiring theatrical experiences which enrich their lives.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1099248)

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  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development




1 in 3 children in the UK live in poverty. Poverty is a barrier to enriching theatrical experiences. Transport and ticket prices are prohibitive; adults in poor families are often disengaged from the arts due to too highbrow experiences; arts centres in these areas fail to attract high quality theatre; schools trips pass much of the cost of tickets and transport on. Arts add to quality of life: “they broaden horizons, stimulate new thinking, provide pleasure and raise aspirations” (Arts Council)


It will target regional arts centres and schools in areas of known deprivation across the UK. It will offer two children’s shows at rates which reduce the level of cost to be passed on. Schools will have performances on site (removing travelling costs) and workshops and free teaching packs. PTC resource will supplement venue communication with targets.The shows will provide an accessible, joyful experience to deprived children and will encourage them to engage with the theatre further.