- Date: 5 April 2012
- Area: National
Arts Council England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have today published a report in to the A Night Less Ordinary scheme which ran from February 2009 until March 2011.
A Night Less Ordinary was a pilot scheme to test whether theatre attendance by under 26s could be increased if price was removed as a barrier by offering free theatre tickets to children and young people at more than 200 participating venues throughout England. It was the first time the theatre industry and the Arts Council had worked together on a single, nationwide audience development scheme.
The key findings of the report are:
Participation in A Night Less Ordinary has led to a rapid growth in venues' young people's memberships schemes and many have developed legacy discount schemes for under 26s such as West Yorkshire Playhouse's '5 for a fiver' deal and Chichester Theatre's Play Pass.
There have also been major developments in the use of social media for communication and marketing to young people as well as creating valuable data on under 26 year-olds theatre going habits. The scheme also demonstrated the value of knowledge sharing among venues, which helped address issues such as minimising no-shows, and the pros and cons of day specific giveaways.
The report also identifies a number of key learning points including the importance of one unified offer for young users of the scheme, centered on a single real-time online booking system. When single point online booking was implemented in year two of the scheme, there was a significant increase in the take up of A Night Less Ordinary tickets.
A Night Less Ordinary was supported by an investment of £2.39 million from DCMS through Arts Council England, who developed and managed the scheme. The pilot launched in February 2009, was curtailed by government in June 2010, and ended in March 2011.
Read the full A Night Less Ordinary report here.