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Graham Pountney

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raised of £6,500 target by 6 supporters

Weʼre raising £6,500 to Support Advanced Start – a pilot programme to help participants get jobs in the Performing Arts, with a job at the end.

Ryde Isle of Wight

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Running drama workshops on the Isle of Wight, I was stunned that the leaving students had so little awareness of the professionalism they need, in the industry they want to enter. Then, whilst auditioning re-engaging participants for a production I was directing – it struck me that I could help both groups develop the skills and disciplines they needed. So Advanced Start was born.


The Isle of Wight is a "Culturally Deprived Area" and Arts Council England [ACE] has assigned it Priority Place status; recognising the need for increased cultural investment here - Theatre Reviva! is rising to that challenge with Advanced Start: a solution to the social challenges of employment in the cultural sector on the Isle of Wight. It upsets me that the people I was working with, can't get employment. I want to change that -

Theatre Reviva! is a Community Interest Company [CIC] and its initiative, Advanced Start, runs post-school/college and adult vocational, cultural, and paid work programmes for those Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) and also for people re-engaging with the Performing Arts.

The programmes are approximately 12 weeks long, and include performing arts productions, advanced training sessions, workshops, improvisation work, text work (Shakespeare and new writing) and paid professional roles. The vital topics are communication skills, technical and stage management skills and advanced acting skills; (at the professional levels that participants really need).

Distinctively, Advanced Start delivers these with a Mentoring approach, where older professionals are linked to younger participants, as both groups travel through the development experience; with the chance to work in a paid position at the end of the course. This is the next production participants have the opportunity to join .... in Newport on the Isle of Wight this summer!


You'll help change disadvantaged lives. All your donations go into an Advanced Start course account, to support the teaching and training of each cohort, enabling our participants to develop their self-confidence, self-esteem, technical skills, performing creativity, expression and resilience; to meet staff fees, rehearsal expenses and to integrate the appropriate participants into a professional production, as employees. This summer the end production is about Arnold Ridley - Private Godfrey in BBC TV's "Dad's Army", with public performances in early August 2024. Box Office open now!


If you believe that transforming lives in an area of multiple deprivation can be achieved through the arts, and the Performing Arts in particular, then join us in this valuable and necessary cause. Your support will drive forward an initiative that produces beneficial change in so many ways.


“Thank you so much for the chance you gave T…. He warmed up slowly from a light lit within. The opportunity to be backstage and on stage is incredible; he was transformed. Mother of T….” T is a recent College leaver, who has gone through Advanced Start, into his first job with us, and now on to great things on the mainland!

Just click the button at the top of the page. You can support us, and change lives for the better. Thank you, so much ..... Warmly, Graham.


To say thanks for donations from £10 to £300+ we offer: Signed framed photos of the Company £10-£15; Production Mugs £20-£30; Theatre Reviva! Show T-shirts £40-£50; plus credits and/or adverts in the Show Programme £100; and reduced price and free tickets to performances £200; Meet the Cast and Writer £300.

Click the Give Now button at the top, and join our cause. Let's Change Lives!

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  • Graham Pountney22 days ago
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    22 days ago
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  • Graham Pountney22 days ago
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    22 days ago

    An anonymous donation of £1k has lowered our target to £6.5k - Thank you SO MUCH! If you are still considering ... we open our doors to applicant interviews in the middle of June!

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  • Graham Pountney1 month ago
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    1 month ago

    We're on our way with 4% of target achieved! Thank you to the kickstart donors who believe in this initiative so strongly ... and thanks to you who are considering supporting us - we'll be starting off with the first training workshop in late June, so the first deadline is approaching. So grateful for your support. Warmly, Graham

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  • Justin Potter

    Justin Potter

    Jun 12, 2024


  • Mel


    Jun 2, 2024

    Great stuff. Will donate more later when solvent!

  • Close Quarter Productions

    Close Quarter Productions

    May 10, 2024

    A very worthy venture! All best, Graham!


  • Sharon Cortez

    Sharon Cortez

    Apr 23, 2024

    Sounds great, Graham! 🙌 Hope this helps a little x


  • Helen Birchenough

    Helen Birchenough

    Apr 17, 2024

    A great project Graham. All the very best with it.



    Apr 17, 2024

    Dear Graham What a wonderful project Good luckStephen


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Graham Pountney

Graham Pountney

Ryde Isle of Wight

Theatre Reviva!'s Advanced Start is from Artistic Director Graham Pountney, a Fellow of the School of Social Enterprise with a Diploma in Creative Producing. In a 50yr career he's run Theatre Companies & Dance/Drama schools and is a partner in Talking Trade Communications.

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