Big Broad Productions in co-production with Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, present a sizzling new musical comedy from Maureen Chadwick (creator and writer of hit TV dramas Waterloo Road, Footballers’ Wives and Bad Girls), with music and lyrics by Kath Gotts (Bad Girls The Musical and The Realness), directed by Anna Linstrum (High Society, Sound of Music and Spend, Spend, Spend).
Crush is set in a 1960s boarding school with a proud tradition of free expression - but when a deeply conservative new Headmistress imposes sweeping reforms, replacing the school motto ‘Do what you do well’ with ‘Learn or depart’, it’s time for the Upper Sixth to follow in the footsteps of their Suffragette founder and prove that rebel spirits can’t be crushed.
As well as being a jolly good night out, the production highlights important themes including same-sex relationships, girls' education and sport, lost love, diversity and growing up! A far cry from the world of the 1960s depicted in Crush, organisations now are encouraged to introduce discussions of diversity into schools. The show has teamed up with Diversity Role Models and Stonewall to present a complementary schools’ programme in each city of our tour to introduce the themes discussed in the production. We aim to broaden the diversity agenda at this key stage of learning.
Our quest is to encourage a younger audience to the arts. We are raising funds for outreach work in schools to run alongside this new production and to provide discounted tickets for schools.
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry 4th - 19th September 2015
Theatre Royal, Brighton 22nd - 26th September 2015
Richmond Theatre 29th September - 3rd October 2015
Money raised for this programme will go directly to the outreach work. This is not fundraising for the production.
Risks and challenges
Outreach work is often treated as an add-on to any venture. We decided early on to integrate the programme and embrace the fact that so many themes of the show sit very comfortably with a gentle introduction to matters of diversity and growing up. It seemed only sensible to team up with two organisations known for specialising in this area, so we combined forces with Diversity Role Models and Stonewall. This way, we present a united front and execute professionally engineered outreach work in the spring and reinforce the key issues of the programme in the early Autumn in local theatres.
There is always a risk that offering outreach work to schools can be so low down the priority list that it is ignored. By teaming up with respected organisations with a network of schools already in hand, the offer of a fully-funded workshop and access to schools' rate production tickets for a professional show at the local theatre, should make for a rich and cost-effective approach to outreach.
In addition to the show having an appeal to a general theatre going audience, the producers of the show have the challenge of bringing in a younger audience. We are providing reduced price tickets for midweek matinees and intend to target schools and colleges in each city to encourage all schools. whether or not they have taken the outreach work, to come and experience this new musical.
Although our budget always contained some outreach work as part of the overall plan, this fundraising aims to augment the work we are offering and triple the amount of workshops we are able to offer.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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