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“The Theatre Royal is a jewel in the city” Audience member

SOCIAL IMPACT 2015/16 Registered Charity No. 262259 For over 40 years the Theatre Royal (Norwich) Trust Ltd has been a registered charity with education as its focus. Any surplus we make is dedicated to improving the theatre’s facilities (as we did in 2007) or to our extensive education programme. We work with schools, other groups and thousands of local young people each year – developing their confidence, creativity and their contribution to their communities. The Theatre Royal has a powerful social impact. Apart from the performances on stage and people’s enjoyment of them, we increase cohesion, cooperation and wellbeing through shared experience. We are a shared resource of information and learning. And we are a civic celebration of our community’s skill, imagination, creative power and commitment. Inside you’ll find figures detailing how many individuals we work with to achieve these aims, and examples of how the Theatre Royal makes a difference to people’s lives.


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SOCIAL IMPACT 2015/16

“Thank you for the opportunity, for many of our children this was a once in a lifetime thing, and they have gained so much in so many different ways from the experience. I’ve never seen such a positive reaction to anything at school before, which speaks volumes about how much the children enjoyed it.”

SOCIAL IMPACT 2015/16

“My family is so proud of me. I am really happy. Every day I sing the songs to myself and think about it. My class is now more happy than usual. It is so amazing, you can't forget it.” Pupil, Norfolk Schools Project

Teacher, Norfolk Schools Project

NORFOLK SCHOOLS PROJECT

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T H E AT R E A C C E S S P R O J E C T

The project aims to transform the lives of children taking part by improving their communication, problem-solving ability, teamwork, initiative, respect, adaptability, ability to work under pressure, healthy self-image, concentration, dedication, leadership skills and self-confidence.

Provides an opportunity for schools which have not previously attended performances to come to the theatre, aiming to improve their happiness and confidence and improve their educational attainment.

Each participating class devises, writes and performs their own version of an opera on the Theatre Royal stage to an audience of around 1,000 people. They are supported by a team of professional musicians, directors and singers, and provided with tickets to see a professional version of their opera. Teachers’ workshops are also run, to equip non-music specialists with skills to use in the classroom. Pupils are given up to 6 free tickets to see any production at the theatre over the next year.

We know that students who study the arts tend to perform better in other subjects, develop more self-esteem and learn discipline, collaboration, participation and empathy. With funding provided by Norse, we have been able to assist schools all over Norfolk, tailoring each visit to the needs of the group – offering additional learning opportunities to add value to visits, drawing from a wide range of productions, resources, activities and events.

All activities are provided free to the schools, pupils, teachers and parents taking part.

Since 2011, over 20,000 children from more than 90 different schools in Norfolk, across all academic year groups, have participated in this project.

The schools participating in 2015/16 were: Great Dunham Primary School, Brisley CEVA School, Litcham Primary School (Don Pasquale, Autumn 2015) Trowse Primary School, Poringland Primary School, Harford Manor School (Sleeping Beauty, Spring 2016)

A D V I C E , S E R V I C E S A N D S U P P O RT Norwich Theatre Royal provides a wide range of services, advice and support to individuals, organisations, networks, groups and other charities each year, including: Ticketing for the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Norwich Playhouse, Holt Festival, The Garage, Assembly House, Britten Sinfonia and others Board membership and chairing several county-wide partnerships and other arts organisations Media relations support for other local charities Board membership and mentoring to several national and city-wide networks Marketing advice to other arts organisations and local charities Technical advice, services and support for schools, festivals and other arts venues across Norfolk

YO U N G P E O P L E 44 individual week-long work experience placements 42 backstage tours for school and community groups, involving over 750 participants Over 27,000 tickets sold at discounted rates to young people 299 school parties attended 48 separate workshops or educational events, attended by nearly 4,000 students 49 teachers trained through free music workshops Over 150 pupils performed their own versions of well-known operas on the Theatre Royal stage Over 600 young people trained in theatre skills Over 300 young people performed on the Theatre Royal stage as part of our training and education programme

Photos of Norfolk Schools Project by Julian Claxton (www.julianclaxtonphotography.com)


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SOCIAL IMPACT 2015/16

“I was amazed to see how confident he seemed on stage - I have to admit it’s not what I was expecting, but I should have a bit more faith in him and all the people that have been working with him.”

SOCIAL IMPACT 2015/16

“We love Norwich Theatre Royal and all the family use it.” Audience member

Parent, Norfolk Schools Project

OLDER PEOPLE Over £260,000 given in discounts to the Over 60s Limelighters dance group for the Over 50s took part in workshops with dance animateurs GET TOGETHER GROUP Provides an opportunity for people on their own to attend the theatre, reducing social isolation and helping them feel part of the community. Met 33 times in 2015/16, and has 511 registered members.

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES 48 Access performances (British sign language interpreted, Audio described, Captioned or Relaxed) Over 7,000 tickets sold to people with disabilities

E N V I R O N M E N TA L I M PA C T Norwich Theatre Royal is committed to improving its impact on the environment. For the 6th consecutive year we have achieved a Creative Green award from Julie’s Bicycle and attained a 4 star rating (out of five) for the first time for our work during 2015/16. We stayed dedicated to embedding environmental sustainability into all operations and activities at the Theatre Royal, and although the number of performances at the theatre rose by 8% we achieved reductions in many areas. Since we started recording data in 2008/09 we have reduced • Energy use by 17% • Waste to landfill by 95% • Carbon footprint (per performance) by 22% Our key strengths include: • Our exceptional commitment to sustainability within management and staff. • Measuring our environmental impact beyond the Creative Green scope. • Achieving brilliant results in the reduction of our carbon emissions. • Our excellent engagement measures with staff and audiences.

Over £90,000 given in discounts to people with disabilities The Theatre Royal provides a range of facilities for people with disabilities, including free headsets to amplify sound, Talking Notes to accompany productions for blind or partially sighted people, wheelchairs for those with limited mobility, Braille, large print and audio brochures, an Access Guide, and personal service and support OTHER CHARITIES AND COMMUNITY GROUPS Collections undertaken on behalf of other charities raised over £15,000 £6,300 of prize vouchers given to local groups

Our main initiatives for 2015/16 included: • Introducing recyclable paper cups for take-away hot drinks • Encouraging ‘Carbon Free’ commuting with the staff and decreasing car use by 19% • Collaborating with Hellesdon High School’s Green Team to share ideas and advise on projects. • Increasing our in-depth understanding of our environmental impacts by monitoring our paper use. • Continuing with high levels of recycling with only 4% of our waste going to landfill. • Creating notepads out of scrap paper. • Raising awareness of our activities with staff through the Green Team carrying out a staff travel survey and encouraging alternative uses of transport.


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SOCIAL IMPACT 2015/16

“Thank you for the opportunity, for many of our children this was a once in a lifetime thing, and they have gained so much in so many different ways from the experience. I’ve never seen such a positive reaction to anything at school before, which speaks volumes about how much the children enjoyed it.”

“The Theatre Royal is a jewel in the city”

Teacher, Norfolk Schools Project

Audience member

NORFOLK SCHOOLS PROJECT The project aims to transform the lives of children taking part by improving their communication, problem-solving ability, teamwork, initiative, respect, adaptability, ability to work under pressure, healthy self-image, concentration, dedication, leadership skills and self-confidence. Each participating class devises, writes and performs their own version of an opera on the Theatre Royal stage to an audience of around 1,000 people. They are supported by a team of professional musicians, directors and singers, and provided with tickets to see a professional version of their opera. Teachers’ workshops are also run, to equip non-music specialists with skills to use in the classroom. Pupils are given up to 6 free tickets to see any production at the theatre over the next year.

SOCIAL IMPACT 2015/16

All activities are provided free to the schools, pupils, teachers and parents taking part.

Registered Charity No. 262259

The schools participating in 2015/16 were: Great Dunham Primary School, Brisley CEVA School, Litcham Primary School (Don Pasquale, Autumn 2015) Trowse Primary School, Poringland Primary School, Harford Manor School (Sleeping Beauty, Spring 2016)

For over 40 years the Theatre Royal (Norwich) Trust Ltd has been a registered charity with education as its focus. Any surplus we make is dedicated to improving the theatre’s facilities (as we did in 2007) or to our extensive education programme.

A D V I C E , S E R V I C E S A N D S U P P O RT Norwich Theatre Royal provides a wide range of services, advice and support to individuals, organisations, networks, groups and other charities each year, including: Ticketing for the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Norwich Playhouse, Holt Festival, The Garage, Assembly House, Britten Sinfonia and others Board membership and chairing several county-wide partnerships and other arts organisations Media relations support for other local charities Board membership and mentoring to several national and city-wide networks Marketing advice to other arts organisations and local charities Technical advice, services and support for schools, festivals and other arts venues across Norfolk

More details of the Theatre Royal’s work can be found on our website, and a detailed examination of the year 2015/16 can be found in our Annual Survey (available to download from the 'About Us' section www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

We work with schools, other groups and thousands of local young people each year – developing their confidence, creativity and their contribution to their communities. The Theatre Royal has a powerful social impact. Apart from the performances on stage and people’s enjoyment of them, we increase cohesion, cooperation and wellbeing through shared experience. We are a shared resource of information and learning. And we are a civic celebration of our community’s skill, imagination, creative power and commitment. Inside you’ll find figures detailing how many individuals we work with to achieve these aims, and examples of how the Theatre Royal makes a difference to people’s lives.

Theatre Street Norwich Norfolk NR2 1RL Box Office: (01603) 630000 Admin: (01603) 598500 Minicom: (01603) 598630 www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk Help us to continue our work: ensuring a wide range of high quality performances, delivering a huge range of educational activity to people of all ages, and making theatre accessible to all. You can support our work by becoming a Theatre Royal Ambassador, naming a seat or leaving a small gift in your will. Please contact Paula Sanchez for details on (01603) 598558, or visit 'Friends & Support' Section - 'Ways to Support Us' - www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

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