The Wizard of Oz in 2018 will be the 32nd PwC Pantomime, a remarkable achievement for a unique charitable theatrical production.
The Pantomime is put together by around 200 PwC staff and alumni who work on all aspects of the production in their spare time, covering everything from acting, singing, dancing and directing to script and lyric writing, costume design, make-up, lighting, sound, backstage crew, music arrangement and playing in the band.
The PwC Pantomime is an important part of the PwC in the Community programme in the UK. It is supported financially by the PwC Executive Board and the fundraising efforts of the PwC Pantomime Production Team.
The wider PwC in the Community programme in the UK has been running for over two decades and aims to promote the social inclusion of those in the communities where we have an office presence. In the year to June 2015, over 60,000 working hours were donated by 5,405 of our staff across the country to a wide range of activities which focussed on education, employability and the environment. Our total community contribution - including cash, time and in-kind support - amounted to £6.9m.
Each year the Pantomime supports a different charity, from Great Ormond Street Hospital to Whizz Kidz. This year, the Pantomime’s chosen charity is UK Youth.
Our aim is to bring joy to children, particularly to those from inner-city schools and charities, by giving them the chance to see a theatrical production at a professional theatre, and we aspire to spark in them a life-long love of the performing arts.
During the 2017 run of Hansel and Gretel, PwC gave away around 8,000 tickets to disadvantaged children from inner city schools and charities, in addition to providing free transportation to the show and a goody bag, courtesy of our generous sponsors. Special performances were signed for hearing impaired children and described for visually impaired children, and the latter were also given a chance to interact with props, musical instruments and costumes before the show as part of our annual "touch tour".
As well as meeting some of the firm's corporate sustainability objectives, the PwC Pantomime also provides PwC employees with a means of developing skills they can apply on the job, such as teamwork, leadership, communication, planning and time management. It’s a great example of the firm doing the right thing for our clients, our people and our communities.