The Tobacco Factory Theatre in Bristol has teamed up with some high profile local companies for an exclusive prize draw for supporters who donate by direct debit.
Aardman Animations has donated a limited edition, signed troi of The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists. The winner will receive a highly limited edition, signed trio of giclée prints from the personal sketchbook of Peter Lord, Aardman founding partner and Director of The Pirates! These fantastic conceptual sketches of characters from the film will make a very exciting prize indeed for any animation, Aardman or The Pirates! fan or for any proud Bristolian. Other independent businesses, including Bristol Zoo, WOMAD Festival Charlton Park, Diana Porter Contemporary Jewellery and Demuths restaurant have also leant their backing to the Tobacco Factory Theatre by donating prizes for the exclusive draw.
Aardman and Peter Lord himself have been staunch supporters of the Tobacco Factory Theatre for many years; as a member of the Theatre’s Business Club, on the Board of Trustees and as a committed and generous ambassador of much activity at the venue. A spokesman for the Tobacco Factory Theatre said: “Peter is an inspiring example of longstanding support for entrepreneurial creative endeavours like the TFT.” David Sproxton, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Aardman Animations, said: “We at Aardman are thrilled that a committed supporter of Bristol’s Tobacco Factory Theatre will be the lucky owner of this precious set of prints. It’s wonderful that while he is launching our new film all over the world, Peter Lord is still able to inspire others to support the creative work of organisations such as the excellent TFT.”
To play the Tobacco Factory Theatre’s important role in Bristol to the best of its ability now costs in excess of £1.4m a year. The Theatre earns a huge 85% of this directly and gratefully receives a modest amount of public funding towards the difference. However, this still leaves a significant financial need every year and the TFT simply couldn’t exist at the level it does without the kind support of the people, organisations and businesses around it. Long-term commitments such as Direct Debit instructions represent some of the greatest support, allowing the Theatre to plan ahead more confidently to enable on-going developments. Those giving by Direct Debit receive all the normal benefits of being a ‘Factory Fan’ (the TFT’s ‘friends’ scheme) and extra ticket offers as well as having their donation matched in 2012 by some of the Theatre’s own community of friends, making their support even more valuable.
The spokesman added: “The TFT is hugely grateful to all its supporters and so entry to this exciting prize draw is open to anyone making an annual or monthly donation to Tobacco Factory Theatre via a Direct Debit instruction to effect by 31 May 2012.” Those interested in having a chance of winning one of these exciting prizes should contact the Theatre or visit www.tobaccofactorytheatre.com/support/individuals to sign up to be a Factory Fan by Direct Debit (minimum £30 a year).