Like so many amateur theatre groups around the country, TOPS has struggled with sky-rocketing costs, despite consistently producing award-winning shows that stand up very well against many West End productions - at a fraction of the ticket price.
Demand for high quality amateur theatre is still high, but the cost of staging a production is through the roof - £30,000 for a small show, £80,000+ for a major production. Ticket sales alone just can't cover it all, so we have to turn to individuals and local businesses for a little help with our fundraising.
Without your help societies such as TOPS will go under – and after nearly ninety years performing in and around the Twickenham area that would be terribly sad, not just for our members, but for the community and local arts as well.
While donations of cash are always very welcome, there are other ways that you personally, or your business, could help us survive and to continue to put on shows for the pleasure of thousands of local people. Below are just a few ways you can really make a difference. If you'd like to discuss how you might be able to support TOPS please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for any help you can offer - we are very grateful.
You could donate a raffle prize.
No matter how small, the more raffle prizes we are able to offer at our events the more tickets we sell and the more funds we raise.
A bottle of wine, a meal for two at a local restaurant, a £5 voucher for beauty treatments or a trip in a hot air balloon – anything and everything is welcomed and we are always happy to collect items.
All donations are publicly acknowledged at our events unless you ask us to keep yours anonymous.
If you have anything at all that you could donate please click here to contact Tina Evans, TOPS Fundraising Manager.
You could sponsor an aspect of one of our productions and be seen to support local arts.
Every element of our productions can be sponsored, from a single costume (£25) or a radio mic (£50) right up to the entire orchestra (£2500) or theatre hire (£3000).
Every sponsorship comes with a reward, starting with a credit in the programme right up to free tickets with VIP treatment and full page advertising on our website and in the programme. Major sponsors are also displayed on our promotional material which reaches thousands of local homes and businesses.
If you would like to discuss becoming a TOPS sponsor, or for a full list of sponsorship opportunities please click here to contact Ian Stark, TOPS Chairman.
You could become a non-performing member of TOPS.
For just £20 a year you will enjoy early bird ticket offers with no booking fees, advance notification of performances, invitations to social events at members’ reduced prices and other benefits.
If you'd like to support TOPS by becoming a non-performing member, please click here to contact the TOPS Secretary.
Other ways you can support TOPS:
Buy tickets to our performances. Click here to see what's on.
Enjoy a VIP Ticket Package for your family, friends, employees or customers at one of our events. These can be tailored to suit and can include complimentary programmes, drinks on arrival and in the interval, a private bar, behind the scenes tours and more. Contact Ian Stark
Advertise in our programmes, on our website or on our handbills
We offer advertising packages to suit every budget. Your ad will be seen by hundreds of local people at our events or by thousands through our leafleting and other promotional activities. Contact Ian Stark.
Donate cash. We're always happy to accept cash donations. If you prefer to keep your support simple please contact Ian Stark for details of how you can send us a cheque or make a bank transfer.
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