“Tooting is everything that is best about OUR country – a truly broad community with people of different backgrounds, races and cultures. Tooting also has a full spectrum of people with varying degrees of wealth and prosperity.”
Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting
We agree and also believe that for any community to grow and prosper it needs a healthy arts provision. It was in response to this need that, in 2011, Tooting Arts Club was born. Being located in the community Tooting Arts Club productions give easy and affordable access to the dramatic arts for those this far south. There is nothing to say we won’t travel further afield to reach other audiences, Sweeney being a case in point, but our work will always have the ambition of beginning in SW17.
And what will our work be like? Good question, and the answer is hard to put in to words. More than anything we believe theatre should always be a good night out. We won’t lecture you, we’ll just tell good stories. And we promise not to let you sit in the dark for more than twenty minutes without making you laugh. Or your money back. I’m deadly serious.
Tooting Arts Club does not have a permanent home, instead we collaborate with businesses and landlords for our venues, and it is this collaboration with the community that is at the heart of all of our work.
Tooting Arts Club are also a registered Community Interest Company meaning that we are a non-for-profit organisation providing ‘work’ for and aimed at the local SW17 community.