A Light Walk

Stratford-Upon-Avon to the Southbank

20th to 24th September 2021

Lumière Scheme & Backup - Sponsored Walk undertaken by Sam Bowden, previous Lumières and members of the ALD working group & ALD Exec.

To raise funds to run the Lumière Scheme in 2022 and to support the much-needed work of Backup, we will be doing a sponsored walk from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon to the National Theatre in London.

Yes! You are right in thinking “that’s quite a distance!” and, if you said, “surely, that’s going to take ages?” you’d be right again. We’re walking a distance of over 160km, a journey we will complete in just 5 days!

Why are we doing this? Well, we believe that the work achieved through the Lumière Scheme and Backup is vital and worth the sore feet!

The ALD are committed to continuing the success of the Lumière Scheme that has been established over the past 5 years. We have exciting plans to evolve the current ‘Design Scheme’ as well as establish the new ‘Production Scheme’. It creates pathways into the industry and offers real work experiences, allowing the participants to develop their skills and process. It is an opportunity they would not otherwise have had, getting to work alongside established practitioners on a range of productions. All Lumières are paid for their work on the full six-month Scheme and on the virtual Schemes they receive a micro-bursary.

Backup is an incredible charity whose work, especially in the past year has done so much to help those in our industry. It provides financial support to industry technical professionals, crew/production personnel and people working in the technical supply chain across the UK entertainment industry including those from live events, theatre, TV and film. In light of the devastating impact of COVID-19, they have recently created a Hardship Fund, which will provide limited financial assistance to those most in need.


Do you want to join us and take on this challenge?

You can join us for one, some, or all of the 5 days. You can also take part remotely by completing the same distance in your local area during the month of September.

Sam Bowden from Chauvet and Charlotte Burton, Lumière Chair will be walking the full route with members of the Lumière Scheme Working Group and the ALD Exec joining for specific days or remotely.

If you would like to join us, please let us know before 30th June 2021.


Now, its fair to say this challenge may not be for everyone! But we would appreciate any support you are able to give us. Our donation page can be found via this link here: www.gofundme.com/f/a-light-walk 


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For more information, email us: lumiere@ald.org.uk