Each year, it is our aim to raise the funds to donate 2,500 free tickets to local community groups and charities, giving the experience of theatre to people for whom a trip to the theatre would otherwise be impossible.
50:50 tickets are distributed to a wide variety of beneficiaries. From disadvantaged young people and groups supporting people with substance misuse issues to homeless hostels for families and charities supporting the elderly, they make a tangible difference to local people.
“The people we work with lead chaotic lives, the majority will never have been to the theatre before and simply wouldn’t think of it. 50:50 tickets enable us to engage with them on a new level. They help us to build a positive relationship and open the door to a new experience – both are key to recovery. It’s incredibly difficult when you take away the thing someone has a dependency on, there is a huge gap to fill, engagement with art and culture is one of the ways we help to fill it.”
Tim Boynton, CJIT, an organisation working with offenders recovering from substance misuse issues
“The 50:50 tickets allowed for the POW team to engage with our service users above and beyond our usual remit. They also serve as an essential however often overlooked exercise into reintegration into society On behalf of all the service users at POW I want to say a massive thank you to the Nottingham Playhouse who enabled individuals with complex needs to experience something other than the chaos of their daily lives.”
Daniela Scotece, CEO of POW – a charity working with individuals involved in, affected by or at risk of becoming involved in sex work
Stephanie Sirr, Chief Executive of Nottingham Playhouse, explains:
“When Nottingham Playhouse celebrated 50 years in its historic home we were once again reminded of our need and desire to engage with our many communities to ensure that theatre is truly accessible.
“We have worked very hard in recent years to ensure that ticket prices are reasonable, that offers to the poorest communities are taken up and that we represent the demographic of our city in our audience.
“In support of this aim, and echoing the very first ambitions of the theatre to be a theatre “of the people”, we launched the Playhouse 50:50 appeal.
“To fund one ticket costs £8. Think of it as buying a theatre ticket for a friend you haven’t met yet.”
With on-going public support we can work to ensure that our theatre remains truly accessible. A donation of just £8 provides one ticket. Please consider giving the gift of live theatre to someone who is yet to experience its magic.
There are several straightforward ways for you to support the 50:50 appeal:
- In person or by calling the Box Office on 0115 941 9419 – just ask to support the 50:50 appeal when you’re booking your tickets
- By cheque made payable to Nottingham Playhouse Trust Limited and sent to Playhouse 50:50, Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham, NG1 5AL