Welcome to the Gobo Theatre Foundation

Jenny Whitehead as Lesley in Alan Bennett's Her Big ChanceHannah Brooks and Henry Bays in John Godber's TeechersCharlie Walsh and Henry Bays in John Godber's TeechersCharlie Walsh, Hannah Brooks and Henry Bays in John Godber's TeechersAlexander Hopwood as Graham in Alan Bennett's A Chip in the Sugar

Gobo Theatre Foundation puts young talent centre stage by giving young people their first job in theatre, paying them a fair wage as they launch their careers.

The charity was set up to support 16-25s who are dedicated to following a career in theatre but have no professional experience. Gobo bridges the gap between education and career. We give young people their first professional contract and provide career guidance as well as vocational training. Many young people have to work for nothing when starting out, but Gobo pays a fair wage so those working for us don't have to rely on support from their families. Fair paid is fair played. Read more»

Alice by Laura Wade
Alice by Laura Wade

It's all over!

Our first tour, Alice by Laura Wade, came to a successful conclusion in Abingdon on Saturday 23rd February. Thank you to everyone who came to see the show - we hope you enjoyed as much as we did!

If you missed the show, don't worry - plans are being made for a possible revival over the summer, and more information about this will be posted on our Alice page as they become available.

This modern adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland follows Alice into the barking mad Wonderland where she encounters a whole host of wacky characters who, in their own special ways, help her come to terms with the death of her brother.

You’ve got to go right to the heart

Promotional video

Drum roll please...

Thanks to everyone who took part in our promotional video with Hugh Dennis and the cast of Mrs Brown's Boys - we managed to raise nearly £2500 for Children in Need with our initial £100 investment. We were thrilled with the interest it received, and we're delighted to finally be able to unveil our cinematic masterpiece. So sit back and enjoy...

If you have any trouble viewing this video, please visit our YouTube page instead.

Eat, drink and make money

We're always on the lookout for imaginative new fundraising ideas - and here's one we love! No climbing mountains or sitting in a bath of ice.

It's called Dinner4Good and allows you to raise money for us simply by doing something you enjoy - having friends round for dinner! To see how it works just visit our Dinner4Good page.

Fair paid is fair played

Young people starting their careers often have to work for nothing to gain experience. This is unfair and means that often young people can only pursue their chosen career if their families can financially support them. With Gobo, ‘fair paid is fair played’. Rather than exploiting young people, we give them training and experience while paying a fair wage.


We offer a range of Corporate Workshops and Drama Classes which are led by our team of experienced professional actors. We teach participants a wide variety of theatre techniques and show how they can be used to improve personal or professional effectiveness, or just to increase enjoyment of theatre.

Follow us

There are lots of ways you can follow Gobo online - through Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest, or sign up for our e-mailings to hear our news and touring plans.

We are very grateful to the following organisations for their sponsorship

Xerox Oxford Advisory Partnership SH Jones