Friends of the Chameleons

About The Chameleons

The Chameleons are an Amateur Dramatic Society in North West London. We were formed in 1966 and have been producing plays and pantomimes ever since.
We think of theatre as a community event: the production and performance of theatre can bring people together: all ages, all cultures, all walks of life.

There’s no connection like people can get to theatre- we all watch TV, and movies but the process of watching a play, or even acting in a play, is an important part of bringing people together. Our pantomimes have, in the past, brought several thousand people together over a weekend, and have been an important part of life in the area.
At the moment, this way of life is more and more threatened by the modern world; people don’t have time to rehearse plays, to watch plays, to perform all the necessary backstage roles inherent in putting on a play. We’re not able to perform at the scale that we once did due to many reasons: lack of local government support; changes in lifestyle meaning people are less able to commit to shows; professionalisation of theatre by big organisations; competition by Netflix and a thousand other types of entertainment.

We need your help to make sure we can introduce a new generation to theatre and promote the love of theatre for years to come.

Why we need your help.

Specifically, there are several immediate projects that we want to put money towards

  • widening participation: we want to make cost irrelevant for our potential audience, and encourage those that would not normally be able to attend the theatre. By supporting us, we will be able to make more tickets available for free to local charities and organisations. Previously, we have been able to make tickets available to local homeless charities, children’s charities, retirement homes, and hospices.

  • One-off-projects: we often need particular equipment for a production- for example, we often hire in lights or microphones, which has some large expense. We would like to be able to update some of our equipment, and pay for the costs of storage of this equipment.

  • The long term dream: every Chameleon needs a home! We’d like to work with other local groups and organisations to find a place of our own. Recently, the costs of hiring even local authority owned theatres means it’s very difficult to stage large productions, and finding a more permanent home would mean more stability for the group, and better productions.

How can I help?

A marvellous thing you can do is to continue to support us by coming to see our shows! We’re also always welcome to new members, so if you want to come act, help backstage, or front of house, we’d love to hear from you.

We also are very happy to accept one-off donations;, drop us an email at fundraising@thechameleons.co.uk, or call us on 020 8123 6443 for more details.

Our Friends Scheme!

Perhaps the best thing you can do is to become a regular supporter of The Chameleons- you get free tickets and having a regular income coming in allows us to budget for projects, and allows us to set a longer term strategy. We have a number of different levels of support with various perks, and every pound helps us:

Supporter (donations from £1 per month)

Supporters are the stage upon which our theatre is set. All our supporters will get their name published in all of our programmes.

Patron (donations from £2 per month)

Patrons are the shining lights in our theatrical world. All patrons will get their names in all of our programmes, and invites to an annual patrons event, as well as invites to our annual meetings so you can help shape the group- if you want to!.

Friend (donations from £3 per month)

Our friends help us through our dark scenes. As well as the benefits above, we’ll give you a free ticket to any show of your choice once per year.

Friends for Two (donations from £5 per month)

As per friends, but two tickets to any of our shows.

Best Friends (donations from £8 per month)
Wow- as well as all the above, we’ll give you a ticket to every show we do, which is normally three productions a year. Thank you!

Best Friends for Two (donations from £10 per month)

As per best friends, but two free tickets to everything we do. What can we say?

The Chairman’s Table (donations from £15 per month)

We’ll not only give you everything our Best Friends for two get, but we’ll take you out for a slap up meal with out chairman (or nominated representative) once per year.
He/She (or his/her nominated representative) will shower you with thanks, drinks, food, and you’ll get to have a constructive conversation about how we can make theatre better.

Level

Names in Programme

Annual Patrons event

Free tickets

Chairman’s Table Event

Monthly cost

Annual Cost

Supporter

£1

£10

Patron

£2

£20

Friend

1 per year

£3

£30

Friends for Two

2 per year

£5

£50

Best Friends

1 for each show (approx 3 shows per year)

£8

£80

Best Friends for Two

2 for each show (approx 3 shows per year)

£10

£100

The Chairman’s Table

2 for each show (approx 3 shows per year)

£20

£200
Join now!

How to join up.

Online signup is coming soon! If you would like to pay via cheque or bank transfer, please contact us at fundraising@thechameleons.co.uk.