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Help to make magic in 2020

By attending our Big Night Out on 3 February you’ll be helping to fund Merton’s first intergenerational arts festival.

A New Year is here – with it, more ambitious creative, community plans from WCTT.

We kick off 2020 with an exciting live performance – and a world premiere: in just over three weeks, Act Two take to the main stage at New Wimbledon Theatre to debut Twist!, a reworking of the Charles Dickens classic, Oliver Twist.

This musical magic is complemented by an opening performance from Merton Music Foundation’s Merton Youth Concert Band, playing favourites from stage and screen.

The Big Night Out is a one-off performance to raise vital funds for WCTT and MMF.

Twist! is being performed five times across two days at the theatre, Four of the performances are exclusively for children at Merton primary schools, giving the young people of Merton a chance to enjoy, and participate in, live theatre (the school children are learning songs from the show so they can join in as part of the choir).

The evening performance, on Monday 3 February at 7pm, is the only chance for the public to see this exciting and immersive show – and it’s a fantastic way to support two thriving local arts charities.

Following two successful years of Living Memory, our theatre collaboration with elders in Merton who live with dementia, we’d love to use the money raised from Big Night Out to fund an intergenerational arts festival in Merton – the first of its kind.

Our young actors interviewed Merton elders who attend a Dementia Hub and turned their memories into a stage show, performing the play back to them

We know through our work on Living Memory that many older members of the Merton community have to deal with loneliness and social isolation – and we also know that these people deserve to be recognised, and celebrated.

Through Living Memory, our young actors have built bonds with elders and we’d love to take this forward with a summer festival to encourage intergenerational art, collaboration and friendship.

Tickets for the Big Night Out are just £15 (£10 concessions) and every penny raised will go towards our future projects: we can only take the intergenerational festival forward with funding, and we hope this special night of music, theatre and audience participation will not only be a brilliant occasion, but it could also spearhead our most exciting and life-changing community project yet.

Ready to book for the Big Night Out? Follow this link to buy your tickets.