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Progress Theatre celebrates 70th anniversary with skydive

Progress Theatre
Progress Theatre

A VOLUNTEER-led theatre in Reading is hoping to celebrate a milestone anniversary with a big boost in funds.

Progress Theatre is celebrating its 70th birthday this year, which makes it the oldest producing theatre in the area, but it depends on funds raised through its diverse programme of events and the generosity of its patrons for its continued existence.

Last year, the theatre started a fundraising initiative to raise £20,000 needed to resurface its car park, which suffers from flooding during the winter months. After raising an impressive £6,000, the theatre is making another push for donations.

One of the initiatives taking place will be a tandem skydive in June, with volunteers coming from a range of backgrounds.

One of the lucky ten who will be jumping for Progress Theatre is Andrew Spindler, who is hoping to overcome his fear of heights, as well as raise lots of money. He said: “I think it’s important that this volunteer-run organisation provides not only an opportunity for local talent but providing entertainment for the community.

“I am also keen to overcome what feels like a middle-aged fear of heights!”

Theatre member Steph Dewar, who will be joining Andrew in the jump, said: “I love Progress: it is a truly magical space where truly magical things happen.”

For more information on Progress Theatre and how you can help with the fundraising initiative, visit


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