Admiral saves Snow White

Glantawe Theatre Company in Ystradgynlais, near Swansea, received much needed equipment just in time for their January pantomime, thanks to a donation from local employer Admiral.

Becci Thomas, who works in Admiral’s Renewals department, has been a member of the Glantawe Theatre Company for ten years and taken part in over fifteen shows. The theatre company could not raise enough money to buy good quality sound and lighting equipment, but Becci knew that she could apply for funds through Admiral’s Community Chest Scheme.

The Community Chest scheme has been running in Admiral for over ten years, helping hundreds of local charities and organisations every year. The only rules are that you have to work for Admiral; you must be connected to the charity; it needs to be for something tangible and you can only apply once a year.

With the £900 donation, Glantawe Theatre Company bought radio microphones, cables, lights and other electrical equipment. Some of this they hired for January’s pantomime, but other items they purchased, so they were able to use them again.

Becci said, “The new equipment is amazing. We are such a small company so we rely on our own fundraising, which sometimes makes it hard to raise the amount we need. The equipment Admiral bought for us makes all the difference to our performance and means we can spend the money we have raised ourselves on making this year’s pantomime the best ever!

“It was great to be able to tell my friends at theatre that the company I work for were giving us over £900. Everyone is very excited about this year’s show - thank you Admiral!”

Rehearsals are now fully underway for the Glantawr Theatre Company’s production of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves’, which is being shown for four nights at Ystradgynlais Miners Welfare Hall, starting on Thursday January 22nd 2015.