FUNDRAISING NEWS: Puppet theatre fights to re-open its doors

A puppet theatre is fighting to re-open following the withdrawal of a council grant.

As a result of a stringent review of its operation including a comparison with other children's theatres, the Little Angel in Islington needs to raise £70,000 to re-open the theatre in September.

The charity is preparing to kick off a direct mail campaign produced by communications agency Burnett Works.

The agency has produced a leaflet asking neighbours of the theatre, to be delivered through a door drop, and members of the mailing list to become "guardian angels

and give £2 a month or more to prevent the children's theatre from disappearing forever.

The theatre closed in April following the withdrawal of a council grant as part of borough-wide cuts, which coincided with the death of a major benefactor.

With a growing deficit in its running costs, the board closed the theatre in order to use the remaining funds for fundraising.

Nick Murza, general manager of the Little Angel, said: "If people invest in us, then we hope to re-open the theatre in September."

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