Like many in the creative industries, Omnibus Theatre has been badly affected by Covid-19. On 16th March 2020 we shut our doors and since then our small team has working tirelessly to secure the funds needed to ensure our survival.
In these very challenging and uncertain times memberships and donations are vital. It is with the generous support of our members, community, audiences and local organisations we have been able to continue our artistic work and run participatory projects like Routes, Lunchbox, 575 Stories, Story Circle and more.
Many Happy Returns?
In 2018 we celebrated our fifth birthday. We have achieved this remarkable milestone with some impressive support from the local community and our supporters. We plan to be celebrating our tenth birthday in 2023. To get there we need to secure a more financial footing. We are now launching our second major fundraising drive – 1889 Circle, a new scheme aiming to raise capital investment of £150,000 to create a more sustainable income.
What is 1889 Circle?
In 1889, Clapham Library was opened – a public space for discovery, learning and storytelling.
Almost 130 years later, Clapham Library has moved but this beautiful Victorian building remains a space for the very same things. In 2013, after a seven-year public campaign to save the building from being turned into private flats, our home – the Omnibus Theatre you know – opened its doors.
We currently receive no guaranteed financial support from the local council or arts funding organisations. Instead, we rely upon the generosity of our audiences and supporters. Funds raised through the 1889 Circle will fund moving our cafe-bar to the front of the building, allowing us to open throughout the day and into the evening, without disturbing or interrupting theatre performances. The income generated will be invested back into our theatre.
Will you join us and pledge £1,889?
To join the 1889 Circle, we are asking for donation pledges of £1,889.
You can join as an individual, or with friends and family, splitting the cost between up to four people.
To join please email email@example.com.