About this project
The Television Workshop has moved to a new space, and we need your help to bring it to life...
Our new home is part of the historic Richmond House in Nottingham's city centre, but right now it's an empty shell. We're raising money to kit out a vibrant and flexible space for workshops, events and stage productions; a fully accessible, independent venue that we are sure will become a vital dot on Nottingham's creative map. We'll be refreshing the decor both inside and out, buying new lighting and sound equipment, creating blocks of audience seating and renovating the basement space to include office, storage, rehearsal and green rooms.
Each week the Workshop welcomes around 400 young people in three age groups (7-11, 11-16 and 16-21). Our fundamental work is the delivery of affordable training through our unique and globally-renowned naturalistic acting style. Our ethos promotes diversity, our membership represents the most promising young talent from all walks of life, and we offer free and discount places for those requiring financial assistance. The Workshop has meant so much to so many, and the time has come to change the way we invest for the long-term.
Outside of our regular Workshop calendar, the space is already being used by local companies for diverse purposes including adult learning classes, casting sessions, and as a development space for local theatre makers. Improving and professionalising the venue will enable us to offer an even better arts facility for the benefit of local residents and touring companies. This will not only bring new sustainable income to the Workshop, but create exciting creative partnerships that will offer further opportunities to our members. The more money we raise, the more ambitious our plans can be!
A safe space to play, learn and explore has always been at the heart of what makes The Television Workshop so special to thousands of young actors past and present. Our members are BAFTA winners, Oscar nominees and highly acclaimed professionals in every department of the entertainment industry. Credits include Game Of Thrones, Skins, Star Wars: Rogue One, Line Of Duty, War & Peace, The Halcyon, No Offence, Raised By Wolves, Black Mirror, The Girl With All The Gifts, The Last Kingdom, Jamie Johnson, Vera, Misfits, The Worst Witch, Ben Hur, Planet Of The Apes.
Our patrons are Samantha Morton (Minority Report, Rillington Place, Fantastic Beasts) and award-winning director Shane Meadows, who has cast many of his projects from the Workshop including This Is England.
Raising funds for our new home will help to secure a sustainable future for The Television Workshop, enable us to open our doors to public audiences, and create more life-changing opportunities for aspiring talent in the region for years to come. It will also transform the venue into a performance space for local and touring companies to
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Risks and challenges
We are fortunate enough to have a new landlord who is is a wizard at renovating old spaces and has a strong history of delivering such projects in Nottingham. Working with our new landlord we will utilise these resources and contacts to make it one of the best independent arts and training spaces in the city.
This move is one of the biggest challenges to ever face The Television Workshop in its vast history, but also one of the most exciting opportunities we've been presented with. We are an independent charity with no core external funding... but with the support of our current members, alumni and network of friends and professionals that use our services, we know we can turn our new space into a cultural landmark with a long and sustainable future.
We are confident in the directly relevant experience of the individuals running this campaign with us; their last Kickstarter raised a target-smashing £17,000. Workshop's associate company Sheep Soup very recently hit a £4000 Kickstarter target to fund their new show commissioned by Leicester Curve.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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