We’re the UK charity for backstage and front of house workers, with over 125 years’ experience helping people. Whether you need a shoulder to lean on or are interested in further training, we can provide practical help at any stage of your career – from welfare and debt advice to financial support or counselling. The Theatrical Guild helps people across the UK to recover from ill health, overcome sudden set-backs, expand their skillsets or speak with a counsellor. And every application is handled in total confidence.
We’re on a mission to break down the stigma of asking for support.
Our aim is always to help solve the immediate problem without delay and, where we can, get people back to work as soon as possible. We empower people to take control of their lives, find solutions to their problems, and be self-sufficient. It’s not always easy to ask for help. But we all know how difficult our industry can be – so don’t be shy.
Let’s get you back on your feet and doing what you love.
In recent years, we’ve helped people deal with problems both in their careers and their personal lives. We listen to any problem, and we never judge anyone. Some people sustain injuries at work; some contract illnesses or need to care for family members. Some people have questions about their sexuality. Others struggle with depression or anxiety, sometimes caused by bullying in the workplace, family breakdown, or the death of a loved one. We’ve helped people escape abusive or controlling relationships. We’ve saved someone from losing their home. A lack of money should never be a barrier to achievement, so we’ve helped countless people with funding to help meet course fees. We’re proud to be a safety net for theatre workers. Whether or not the problem is caused by the job, whether it’s practical or emotional, big or small – we’ll always find a way to help.
Over the last year alone, we’ve helped…
- front of house staff
- set designers and painters
- stage electricians
- costume designers
- stage managers
- prop makers
- stage hands
- box office staff
- scenic artists
- make-up artists
- puppet and prop makers
- sound engineers
- spot operators
- stage engineers…
The list goes on.
How We Do It
We don’t receive any public subsidy, meaning we rely entirely on generous donations. Our work is enormously important: every day we see people’s lives transformed. And it simply wouldn’t be possible without the kindness of both friends and strangers. Every year, we hold fundraising events, which are essential for our work – and great fun to boot. Recently, we celebrated our 125th birthday in the Royal Albert Hall’s beautiful Elgar Room, with Dame Judi Dench and Don Black OBE. We raised over £10,000 with a glittering showcase. Our biennial motorcycle fundraiser, First Night Riders, has been a great success since it started in 2010. It sees a group of technicians and supporters raising funds for TTG with a tour of theatres across the UK. Anyone with a motorbike, classic car – or even just an ordinary car – is welcome to join. We’ve also just launched our new Become A Friend scheme. Friends receive a twice yearly newsletter highlighting our work in more detail, an invitation to our AGM, and early access to event tickets. “These Are a Few of My Favourite Songs”, with Dame Judi Dench, sold out within minutes of general release!
We make every penny count. This means you can rest assured that whether you can afford £5 or £5000, today or as a gift in your will, it will go straight to someone in need. Any donation, no matter how big or small, is a practical and valuable way to support our vision. We can’t do it without you.