As Master I was invited to attend Theatre Peckham’s Christmas Pantomime on Thursday the 6th December. Gillian accompanied me as my Consort to the event.
This was the second time I visited the Theatre. The first visit was last year after The Charity Committee awarded a grant to support Theatre Peckham. It provides a wide variety of theatre based training and education for socially disadvantaged children and young people. The initial grant enabled 10 children to attend an open workshop programme for one year.
At that time I wrote – “ I volunteered to deliver the cheque in person and to see the work the Charity is doing with and for the young in that area”. They say on their website – “We inspire, delight and change the lives of the children and young people of Peckham and South London through the power of the Performing Arts.”
As I witnessed, Theatre Peckham is a much loved and highly accessible introduction to the performing arts. Some I was told go onto pursuing a career within the various avenues across the arts. For example, Technical Theatre, Costume design and Wardrobe, as well as writing acting dancing and singing.
They also support young people who have been on various courses at Theatre Peckham to gain places at University and/or Drama School as well as encourage others to find new avenues to explore their talents.
Since then I have kept contact with the creative and invaluable work being done in difficult times for the Charity. It was as a result of my/our interest we were invited to attended on Press Night, a locally written pantomime “ Robin Hood and the Arrow of Destiny” performed by past and present students of Theatre Peckham.
When I visited 2 years ago, the enthusiasm of the young people which, was infectious and which was clearly evident by all the performances on the night.
I was enthused when I first visited and even more by enjoying “Robin Hood and the Arrow of Destiny”. By what they are achieving on a small budget for so many young children in that area at a time of Council cuts and the difficulties of local fund raising.
The things that we do through such grants awarded by our Charity Committee, is a vital aspect of our Worshipful Company of Innholders and invaluable to so many small Charities.