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Community Drive is back on the road

The Community Drive scheme which York Theatre Royal launched to enable older people, a group that can be at risk of isolation, to enjoy a trip to the theatre is back on the road.

As many as 100 people will receive tickets and transport to matinee performances of Northern Broadsides latest production Quality Street in June.

“A meaningful activity like attending a show can help people overcome isolation and reconnect with their community, something which is particularly important for our older audiences,” said Development and Communications Assistant Maisie Pearson.

The first Community Drive during last year’s production of Driving Miss Daisy brought 51 older people from York to the Theatre Royal. They would not otherwise have been able to visit the theatre. They enjoyed a memorable afternoon out, talking to staff about past visits to the theatre, enjoying the show and taking away a programme as a memento of their visit.

The theatre worked with a local taxi company to transport participants to and from the theatre and also partnered with Age UK York to bring a group from their Thursday Club. For some, this was the first time in years they had been able to return to the theatre.

A Thursday Club member said: “It’s a really lovely thing to be able to come to the theatre and feel part of something… the community of the theatre. It’s so kind to have something done for older people – to be remembered.”

Now the theatre is working with charities who support older people to offer tickets and transport to see Quality Street on 11 June (1.30pm matinee) or 13 June (2.30pm matinee).

Tickets and transport can be requested as part of a community group (such as a charity, care provider or day centre).

How to book your tickets: To book your tickets and discuss any transportation needs, charity/group organisers (or individuals) should call Maisie Pearson on 01904 550148 or email

“We’d like to thank everyone who has supported us by donating to York Theatre Royal, thank you for enabling us to offer invaluable opportunities like the Community Drive,” said Maisie.