Fundraising to support the #SaveStageLighting campaign members
Sadlers Wells

#SSL Fundraising

The ALD has put its name on the map of the theatre and live performance world, not only at home but also abroad.

Our #SaveStageLighting campaign, run by a truly amazing group of people, showed that if you want to effect change - you can.  The Save Stage Lighting Team rallied support across Europe and made representations to the EU DG Energy Department, leading to the drafting of the agreement to an exception by the regulator for most of our performance lighting lamps and equipment.  Both the performance industry and manufacturing will, by this brave action, gain a considerable extension so that new technology can catch up to the required standards without destroying theatre in the UK and the continent.

This huge effort over a short time has shown that we can and will make change to our industry and that we don’t need to be a passive association. Let’s hope it doesn’t always have to be as so full on as #SSL had to be, but let’s continue to push the boundaries and be an association that helps make better working conditions and greater sustainability for the whole industry.

Fund Raising

Many of you will know that this campaign came at a personal cost to the people involved.  Campaigning was happening from early morning to late at night over 5 months, high level meetings were being squeezed in between tech sessions, reports and drafts were written and re written long into the night. Much precious family time was missed to enable this campaign to happen and be a success. I dread to think what the future of theatre lighting would have looked like, if these group of dedicated individuals hadn’t been so proactive and unrelenting.

The ALD want to to say thank you to the #SSL team members by raising some funds to compensate them for the costs over months of their lives. Paid work was turned down and much personal time sacrificed. And we must not forget they continue to donate their time as this work continues today, albeit on a smaller scale. The bill for the campaign is estimated at £35,000 covering personal expenditure by the team for travel, hotels fares to Brussels, office expenditure and, of course, the very successful Gobos campaign.  If we collect enough, we hope to add a small additional sum to partially compensate a very dedicated group of people for declined work.

Therefore, I am asking personally for your help to raise this relatively small amount. If you are a manufacturer who is now more aware of the EU’s plans than you were before, if you are a reseller or hire company whose stock has been spared due to this intervention, if you are a producer or theatre owner that could not possibly afford the implied refurbishment - then please contribute to this campaign. And of course, we would welcome individual contributions from our members or non-members.  Any remaining funds after distribution will be re donated to one of the theatre charities.


The details on how to make a donation to the fund can be found on this page.


Thank you in advance for your generosity.


Johanna Town

Chair, ALD