Despite the recent challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been hard at work behind the digital scenes at Progress Theatre, to keep things going at our venue and preparing for our return to in-person theatre in the new season.
Taking advantage of our doors being closed until Autumn of 2021, we are undergoing renovations to increase the size of the foyer, replace our washrooms with unisex facilities, and adding a new accessible toilet.
To prevent any further disruption to future season programming, this capital work must happen in summer 2021. This project was initiated before the lockdown in 2020, but due to the pandemic we experienced delays in the initial phase of a full building survey and options appraisal. We have also held discussions with the Access Officer at Reading Borough Council, to identify important factors to consider in the new design.
Benefits of new accessible foyer facilities
Not only will our new accessible toilet facility be a great addition to our welcoming venue and provide aesthetic benefits, but it will also make our venue more accessible to all. Progress Theatre strives to be inclusive and to engage with the entire local community, encouraging participation from people who may otherwise find it difficult to access theatre and the arts.
Our Fundraising Objective: £50k
We need to raise a minimum of £50,000 by March 2022 to cover approximately half the costs of the building work entailed. We envision this to come about through a mix of individual and regular donations, Gift Aid, trusts and foundations. We also look forward to various fundraising events with the help of our membership, supporters of Progress and the wider Reading population.
We can't do this without you!
There are several ways you can help us achieve this goal:
- Fundraising volunteers
Can you organize a fundraising or sponsored event to help raise funds? From a bake sale, online quiz or something in person when restrictions ease. Whatever your talent, if you like to organize events we need your help!
- Bid writers
Are there any experienced bid writers in our midst? Could you help us continue identifying trusts and foundations and write applications to help us reach our target?
- Match funding from employers
Does your employer offer this for funds raised for charity? Could your event raise double the amount?
To make a one-off or recurring monthly donation, please visit our Give As You Live page.
To join our efforts, find our more, or share your own fundraising ideas, please email: [email protected]