Cast Theatre has today announced that last year over two thousand carers attended performances at Cast for free.
The theatre, which aims to deliver a gold standard in accessibility, offer free carer tickets to anyone who needs support to attend the theatre. This follows their announcement in 2017 that the charity would no longer be asking customers to demonstrate proof of their eligibility for these tickets in a bid to wider access and inclusion.
The total value of these tickets for last year is estimated at over £35,000, which is subsidised by the charitable donations of its donors, funders, Members and sponsors.
The theatre reports that disabled people and people with a long-term limiting illness are much less likely to take part in creative opportunities despite the health and wellbeing associated with the arts.
Sian Booth, Head of Marketing and Communications comments:
‘We’re so proud that that last year thousands of local people were able to attend the theatre who may not have otherwise been able to. When we say we’re making the arts available for everyone, we mean everyone – it’s part of our mission as Doncaster’s theatre. I’d like to thank wholeheartedly the donors and Members whose support goes towards schemes like this. Gifts and donations are helping local people experience the arts, but we still need more help if we are to continue to fund these vital tickets and other initiatives like it’
The theatre is asking local people to consider making a donation when they buy tickets, or to join as a Member from £2.50 a month. All donations go towards Cast’s work in reaching and engaging with local people.