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We’ve gifted the first 100 Christmas tickets of our 2023 Pay It Forward campaign 

A young girl wearing a blue and white-coloured hoodie leans forward onto a red theatre seat. She is resting he head on her crossed arms, and is looking up and smiling at what is happening off-camera on stage. She is surrounded by other young people, also engaged with what is happening off-camera on stage.

We’ve launched our 2023 Pay It Forward campaign by gifting 100 tickets for our and Le Navet Bete’s upcoming Christmas family pantomime Dick Whittington to young people, parents, and carers in Devon, in partnership with local organisations including Exeter-based bereavement support charity Balloons.

Pay It Forward Balloons Dick Whittington

The Pay It Forward scheme means that we are able to give children the chance to have some fun and laughter at Christmas. Christmas can be a difficult time for bereaved families when they are missing a loved one, so to be able to escape to the magical world of pantomime for a couple of hours gives families a much-needed boost. Thank you so much for giving Balloons this wonderful opportunity.

Clare Hammond, Volunteer Coordinator and Activity Days Manager at Balloons

Our Pay It Forward campaign aims to make theatre more accessible for those who might not otherwise be able to attend a show. As part of this campaign, we’re asking you to donate towards the cost of a theatre ticket for a young person, parent or carer to experience the joy of live theatre at Christmas. We gift Pay It Forward theatre tickets in collaboration with local charities and community organisations.

Last year, our amazing audiences donated over £12,000 to the campaign, supporting us to gift 750 tickets through charities like Live West and Young Devon. This year, we’re hoping to give away even more tickets.

So far this year, 1664 people have donated £8,432 towards the campaign. We gifted our first allocation of 100 Pay It Forward tickets from this year’s campaign through charities and community organisations including Balloons, and we’re currently teaming up with more groups to give away an additional 350 tickets!

The heroic characters from Robin Hood facing forwards in triumphant poses. From left to right: Samara Rawlins (Marion), Victoria Boyce (Bluebell), Matthew Heywood (Robin), Matt Freeman (Nanny Fanny) and Nick Bunt (Merlin).
Photo by Craig Fuller


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