A charity has been launched that aims to cover the costs of sending families to the theatre.
The Wysch Foundation has been set up by Guildford Fringe Theatre Company managing director Nick Wyschna and his family.
He said its aim was to provide families with theatregoing experiences, but that the charity will also award bursaries to talented people who may not be able to afford training in the arts.
“The more I work in the theatre and the arts, the more I see the divide, and I decided that it is time to do my bit to help,” he said.
The charity will send its first family to the theatre on November 17, to see Comedy 4 Kids at G Live in Guildford. All tickets will be paid for and refreshments provided.
“Our goal is that this family can go out and just concentrate on each other, and not worry about what they can and can’t afford and the worries of their everyday life,” he said.
Wyschna said he had teamed up with local charities to find families in need of support. The aim is to send one family to the theatre a month.
All funding for the charity is raised through donations, or has been given by the Wyschna family.