We’re the UK charity supporting Backstage and Front of House staff, with over 125 years’ experience helping people.
Talk to us about practical help at any stage of your career – including financial support, welfare advice, retraining and counselling.
If you’re a theatre-goer and would like to help us support those who make it all possible, please visit our Donate page.
How We Help
Long-Term Financial Help
Sometimes you have to stop working due to ongoing illness or injury.
Talk to us about how we can help ease your money worries with a regular grant or by covering some of your bills.
We’re here to help you.
Short-Term Financial Help
Have you lost income due to sudden injury, illness or stress? Maybe your shifts have been dramatically reduced?
We can help in the short term with rent and bills payments, medical fees and childcare.
Let us help you make ends meet, whilst you get back on your feet.
Sponsorship For Training
Want to learn new skills? Need to add to your qualifications? Or would just like to be more employable?
Up-skills training may allow you progress in your career and we can help you with the costs.
So, let’s discuss it further.
Struggling with worry or anxiety? Feeling depressed? Have you suffered a bereavement?
We understand how debilitating these feelings can be. Our counsellor can talk to you confidentially, in person or on the phone, within a week.
Please don’t wait – we’re here to help you.
Welfare and Wellbeing Advice
Do you need someone to talk to about debt or financial management?
We can offer advice on reducing your bills or applying for benefits.
Perhaps you have questions about handling difficult family relationships or workplace conflicts?
Whatever the issue, we’re here with friendly advice and reassurance.
We work with a range of industry specialists, who can offer legal advice through to industry know-how, so whatever your need, our community has you covered.
Whatever your concerns, do feel you can ask for advice.
Who We Help
and what to expect
TTG helps anyone who has spent 3 years out of the past 5 years working in a relevant Backstage or Front of House position, with theatre being their principal career.
That includes any kind of stage technician or engineer, stage managers, stagehands and flymen – anyone involved in costume, hair or makeup – directors, designers – makers of sets, props or puppets – as well as, ushers or box office or bar staff. Whatever your age, background, or circumstances, we’re happy to hear from you.
If in doubt, drop us a line anyway – and if you’re not eligible for TTG support, we’ll signpost you to another charitable organisation that can help.
Once you’ve made contact, Amanda, our General Manager, will be in touch within a few days to arrange an personal interview, where she’ll chat to you about your circumstances and go through the application process together.
Once you’ve told us about your situation, we’ll do everything we can to get you the help you need.
I’m overwhelmed by, and deeply thankful for, the kindness and support offered by the Theatrical Guild. At a time of unflinching difficulty in life, Amanda took the time to understand my situation with compassion and without any judgement.
The application process was thorough, but by no means intrusive, and handled at every turn with care and consideration. There was not a hint of judgement, pity or stigma. I felt genuinely calmer and much more positive within minutes of speaking to the Guild.
I never thought I’d find myself in a position like this but TTG has made life so much better for my family - I am totally overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity.
My case was handled with maximum efficiency, and above all, a tremendous amount of care. I was well supported throughout, which made me feel at ease - so sincere thanks for the strength & guidance you gave me.
I am indebted to TTG for their practical and financial help. I’m just glad that I found them in time, which helped me to avoid a full-blown crisis !