HEY CU has worked in partnership with Hull Truck Theatre to local communities to bring the “Give the Gift of Theatre” scheme to the local community, particularly those experiencing disadvantage who might not otherwise be able to enjoy a transformative visit to the theatre or opportunity to take part in the arts. The campaign is particularly important at Christmas, when it supports young people and their families to experience a festive treat together.
Thanks to donations made last year, hundreds of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds have attended performances at the theatre, who would not otherwise have been able to afford to visit. Many of these visits were part of school groups, organised in partnership with HEY CU.
Davide Calogero, Director of Development at Hull Truck Theatre, said:
“The Give The Gift of Theatre scheme is close to our hearts at Hull Truck Theatre. Although the scheme has run year-round for the last few years, last year’s Christmas campaign saw our biggest result yet and this year we hope it will continue to grow. We really love working with local charity, Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University and hope that this years’ campaign will encourage people to give more than ever before so that we can provide as many children as possible the opportunity to experience the magic of live theatre.”
Natasha Banke, Director of Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University, said:
“Each year Hull Truck Theatre is able to provide us with hundreds of tickets that we then give to children living in foster care and schools in areas of disadvantage. These children have never been to the theatre before and it’s an incredible opportunity for them. A person who visits the theatre as a child is twice as likely to return as an adult, so this programme really does give children the gift of theatre for life.”