The Citizens Theatre has an unrivalled reputation for producing highly entertaining and innovative family productions at Christmas. It is a crucial part of our programme and repeatedly marks us out as presenting relevant and thought-provoking theatre during the festive season.
As part of our ongoing commitment to our local community, every Christmas we fundraise to enable pupils from two local primary schools, to attend our Christmas show at a highly subsidised rate (they pay a nominal sum of 50p per ticket). Thanks to the generosity of our funders and supporters, last year we were able to provide over 550 of these tickets, ensuring that every single pupil from each school was able to come and share the magic of Christmas at the Citizens Theatre.
Glasgow City is the most deprived local authority in Scotland with almost half of all residents living in the 20% poorest boroughs in the country. The Citizens Theatre is located in one such borough, with the Gorbals ranked in the top 5% of the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation. For many of our local children this opportunity to attend our Christmas show will be their first ever experience of live theatre and, for many, without this subsidised rate, their families would never be able to afford for them to come and be a part of our festive season.
‘This is an excellent opportunity for our children all to experience a trip to the theatre and a Christmas Panto. Many of our childrens’ families would not be able to afford to take them to an event like this and as a school we could not afford to pay for so many children to attend this either. We are extremely grateful to the Citz and its supporters for being able to make this happen’
Sharon McGeever, Head Teacher, St Francis Primary
There are on average 300 pupils in a primary school in Glasgow and we must raise £10 per pupil to be able to offer subsidised tickets. This means we must raise £6,000 to ensure we are able to offer every child from two primary schools the chance to attend our Christmas show.
We do hope that you will be able to help us bring a little magic to the lives of these young children this festive season.