Transfer Theatre will produce fresh, unique, highly acclaimed international theatre in Northern Ireland. Help fund our first season!
Hi, friends! We're the people behind Transfer Theatre Company.
The first Crowdfunded Theatre Company in Northern Ireland
Our project is about bringing new theatre, better theatre, different theatre, to the city of Belfast. And we need your help!
Project Chairman Roger Dane has been on the Belfast theatre scene for over a decade, bringing his own brand of jovial skill and irreverent humour to over thirty productions in the city to date.
Roger's dream (now nearly a reality), Transfer Theatre Company is named for its goal of transferring the best of international theatre to Belfast, a city with a great geographic disadvantage when it comes to theatre. The cost of bringing shows from mainland UK across the Irish Sea ensures that only a few make it each year, and their production and ticket costs are very high.
Focusing instead on producing intimate experiences in small, iconic spaces in Belfast, Transfer Theatre Company's unique approach to theatre will make it possible to bring highly regarded shows to Belfast that would not have come to the city otherwise. This will include, over the next five years, plays by emerging or younger talents, and plays by distinguished new writers from outside of Ireland, England and America that tend not to make it to the Belfast stage.
Our inaugural 2013 season will feature plays by acclaimed young writers Polly Stenham (That Face, April 2013) and Jez Butterworth (Parlour Song, June 2013). Both of these multi-award winning plays explore the dark humour within dysfunctional family relationships.
Your amazing and generous contributions will fund our first season, and will cover the costs of
- rehearsal space
- lighting and sound equipment and staff
- production rights
By supporting Transfer, you'll be a part of the history of the first crowdfunded theatre company in Northern Ireland ... along with getting some pretty cool stuff. :)
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We passionately believe in this project and have committed wholeheartedly to it. If difficulties do arise then the extensive contacts built up by the production team will allow options for alternative strategies to be found.
Having said that, every play runs the risk of not finding an audience. To avoid that we are working with an experienced marketing and publicity agent. Our connections within the Northern Irish theatrical scene make backing this project much less risky than it otherwise might be.
The show must (and will) go on!
We will be appearing on BBC Arts Extra on Tuesday 09/04/2013. We have been asked to talk about Kickstarter, crowdfunding and That Face.
The programme will be broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster at 6:30pm.
Tickets for the first production, 'That Face' by Polly Stenham, are now available via the Eventbrite ticketing system.
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Every little bit of support helps! For pledging £1 you'll get a grateful mention on our website and a giant virtual hug.Estimated delivery:
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For a helpful £5 donation, you'll get a public Thank You!!! from us on Twitter and Facebook. You'll also get a mention on our website! Have a company or organisation you'd like to promote? We're happy to mention it along with your name!Estimated delivery:
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For a generous donation of £10, along with a Twitter Thank You and a website mention, you'll be getting a mention in BOTH play programmes, and we'll post you a copy of our inaugural show's programme signed by the cast! Again, if you'd like your company or organisation mentioned along with your name, just tell us!Estimated delivery:
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Wow, thank you!!! For a pledge of £25, along with the prizes above, you'll be receiving a personal thank you card from the director AND a signed cast photograph!Estimated delivery:
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Oh my goodness!! For a pledge of £50 or more, you'll receive everything listed above, plus 2 tickets to the inaugural show That Face, written by 26-year-old playwright Polly Stenham who The Daily Express calls ''a modern successor to Tennessee Williams or Edward Albee.'' (Tickets are a £22.50 value.)Estimated delivery:
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Whoa, awesome!! For an extremely generous £100 donation, along with everything listed above, you'll receive an honorary producer credit in our programme AND a half-page listing for your business or organisation in our 2013 programmes!Estimated delivery:
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You're a legend!! For an absolutely magnanimous contribution of £300 or more, you'll get everything listed above, and a VIP ticket to the wrap party of one of our shows (your choice), where you'll have a chance to meet the cast and crew and have some drinks and noms on us!Estimated delivery:
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Holy crap, we love you!!! For a ridiculously amazing £500 contribution, you'll receive everything above, plus a FULL PAGE advertisement for your business or organisation in our 2013 spring season programmes!Estimated delivery:
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