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Rachael's Café - where everyone is welcome, no exceptions. London Premiere of the play based on interviews with a remarkable person.
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The video above is a short documentary (made by our friends in Indiana) about Rachael Jones and her cafe, both the stars of our play. 

Rachael Jones, born Eric Wininger, is a truly remarkable individual who lives on the Bible Belt in the USA running Rachael's Cafe where the motto is - Everybody Welcome, No Exceptions. 

On our travels around the UK the play has been met with a fantastic and overwhelming response from audiences and press alike and we are delighted to get this fantastic opportunity to  bring the show to London for a whole three week run at the Old Red Lion Theatre BUT, at the same time, it is a major terrifying and expensive step.

We believe the show is an engaging and entertaining piece of theatre with a unique and important story to tell. So, well worth all the hard work! 

Any money you are able to donate to us will be so unbelievably welcome and will truly make a difference. At the moment we are financing everything ourselves but there is one particular, very important expense that we could use a hand with. Scroll down for more information!  

If you have any requests for rewards we are able to offer that we haven't included, or you'd like to discuss any other aspects of the play, we'd be delighted to talk to you. Please contact us via this website.  

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RACHAEL'S CAFE

February 25th - March 15th 2014

Old Red Lion Theatre, 418 St. John's Street, Angel, London

Written & Directed by Lucy Danser

Based on interviews with Rachael Jones 

Performed by Graham Elwell 

Welcome to Rachael's Cafe - where everyone is welcome, no exceptions. When churchgoing, motorbiking Eric Wininger - loving husband and father of three - begins living his life as Rachael Jones, there are inevitable costs. Based on interviews with Rachael herself, this humorous and heartwarming one-woman show comes to London after runs at the Edinburgh, Brighton and Dublin Fringes. 

From bigoted Texans to shocking family revelations via run-ins at airport security and surprise phone calls from Obama, Rachael tells her story with frankness and a great sense of humour. 

Described as 'a tour-de-force' (The Latest) Rachael's Cafe 'is a compelling portrayal of an ordinary person in an unusual situation, trying do what is right' (Fringe Review). 

Website: www.rachaelscafeplay.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rachaelscafeplay?fref=ts

Twitter: @rachaelscafepla

PRESS FROM PREVIOUS PRODUCTIONS: 

**** WhatsOnStage

**** Three Weeks

**** New Kid at the Fringe

**** The Latest

**** ScotsGay

'terrific' ScotsGay

'engaging viewing' WhatsOnStage

'a tour-de-force' The Latest (Brighton)

'humorous and poignant' WhatsOnStage

'Graham Elwell's natural and warm performance' The Scotsman

'an utterly charming piece, both engaging and thought provoking' New Kid at the Fringe 

'Sensitive and often insightful explorations of the transgender experience' Three Weeks

'A real demonstration that the inside is more important than out' WhatsOnStage

WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES: 

MOST IMPORTANTLY: A FLIGHT TO LONDON FOR RACHAEL

Rachael Jones, the person this is all about!,  lives in Indiana where she works very very hard to keep her cafe going strong. Not only does she deserve a long overdue holiday but we believe that something as momentous as the London Premiere of a show all about her should be something she is present for! This isn't something either she or our budget can cover, so this is where you guys come in. The flight alone from Indiana is £615. We have already paid the deposit but really need your help to pay the balance.   

The real Rachael & writer Lucy
The real Rachael & writer Lucy

If this Kickstarter project goes really well and there is any surplus money raised this will go towards the following: 

MARKETING & PR

We have splashed out on hiring QNQ Creative Ltd for working with us on our branding, creating our beautiful poster, logo and souvenir programmes. What we can't afford however is any sort of advertising - banners on theatre websites, listings in magazines and sponsored Facebook advertising. Being able to afford this would make a HUGE difference to the potential audience we can reach. 

SET DESIGN 

We have a fantastic Set Designer Martin Thomas working for us to create a replica of the café. His budget is minuscule and he'd really appreciate a little extra to ensure we bring Indiana to Angel as fully as possible! 

PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMING

This will allow us to hire a professional photographer and cameraman to take beautiful photographs and to film the show to share with you all, especially so those further afield can see what we're doing!

WHO WE ARE:

Lucy Danser - Writer & Director

'Rachael's Cafe' is Lucy's debut play. Her second play 'Bog' was workshopped in 2013 by the Comedians Theatre Company at the Pleasance Theatre, Islington. She directed all previous productions of 'Rachael's Cafe' and other directing credits include 'Bog' (rehearsed reading, Pleasance Theatre), 'Torchsong Trilogy' (Scribes Theatre, Canterbury). She is a freelance Arts Writer and her writing has appeared in WhatsOnStage, The Public Reviews, Stage & Screen Insider & The Gay Stage. She runs a comedy company called Chatback Comedy which currently has shows running in Canterbury, London and Leicester. 

Graham Elwell - Actor

Graham Elwell created the role of Rachael in 'Rachael's Cafe' in August 2011 at the Edinburgh Fringe. Since then he has played the role at the Brighton Fringe and the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. He is currently featured in the confused.com TV advert. Other work includes 'Termination' (Southwark Playhouse), 'Shakespeare's Sonnets' (Globe Theatre), 'Headcase' (Tristan Bates Theatre) and the 'Bush Bazaar' (Bush Theatre/Theatre Delicatessen). 

Martin Thomas - Set Designer

Martin Thomas trained at Wimbledon School of Art. He has designed sets and costumes for over 30 theatre productions, receiving an 'Off West End Award' for Best Costume Design for 'Ragtime' (Landor Theatre) and nominations for Best Set Design for 'Smokey Joe's Cafe' (Landor Theatre), 'Buried Child' , 'The Drowsy Chaperone' and 'Guys and Doll's' (Upstairs at the Gatehouse) and 'Burlesque' (Jermyn Street Theatre). Most recently he designed the set for 'Peter Pan Goes Wrong' at the Pleasance Theatre, Islington. 

QNQ Creative Ltd - Marketing & PR

Lorraine Terry - Production Manager 

Faith Austin - Technical Production Manager

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges involved in putting on a play are pretty huge. Although we all work very hard we can't stop things out of our control going wrong. We have insurance in place to cover most eventualities and our dedicated and professional team work 24/7 when necessary to find solutions to whatever problems we may encounter from a torn hem to a full scale disaster.

No production runs 100% smoothly so we anticipate a very exciting and exhausting three week run of Rachael's Café in London and promise that no matter what... "the show must go on".

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    We will send you either an original POSTER from the show or a unique production photograph (depending on availability). Both will be signed by the real Rachael, our actor playing the role and the playwright. And of course you'll also be mentioned on our website and in our tweets plus have ooodles of great karma.
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    For UK based sponsors we can offer TWO TICKETS TO THE SHOW on a night of your choice (excluding Press Night).
    Sponsors based OUTSIDE the UK will receive a signed SOUVENIR PROGRAMME plus a gift from us and Rachael.
    Indiana Residents can instead opt for a SOUVENIR PROGRAMME plus a complimentary coffee and cake with Rachael herself at the real Rachael's Café.
    In addition you will be mentioned in our programme, on the website and in tweets AND you will be the recipient of all the loving vibes we send your way.
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    We will thank you by name in our beautiful souvenir programme in your own special section and on the Sponsors page of our show website.

    For UK based sponsors we can offer TWO TICKETS TO PRESS NIGHT (or a night of your choice) and a signed SOUVENIR PROGRAMME with your name inside PLUS a drink on us in the interval.

    Sponsors based OUTSIDE the UK will receive a signed SOUVENIR PROGRAMME plus a very special gift from us and a handwritten letter from Rachael.
    Indiana Residents can instead opt for a SOUVENIR PROGRAMME plus a complimentary coffee and cake for 4 with Rachael herself at the real Rachael's Café AND a big bag of Rachael's special cookies to take home.
    In addition you will be mentioned in our programme, on the website and in tweets and, last but not least, you will have our undying gratitude.

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    We will thank you by name in our beautiful souvenir programme in your own special section and on the Sponsors page of our show website.

    For UK based sponsors we can offer FOUR TICKETS TO THE SHOW on a night of your choice (Including Press Night) and a SIGNED PROGRAMME with your name inside PLUS a drink on us in the interval.
    Sponsors based OUTSIDE the UK will receive a signed SOUVENIR PROGRAMME, an original signed POSTER, plus an extra special surprise gift from us and Rachael.
    Indiana Residents can instead opt for a SOUVENIR PROGRAMME and POSTER plus a complimentary lunch for two with Rachael herself at the real Rachael's Café and a big bag of Rachael's special cookies to take home.
    In addition you will be mentioned in our programme, on the website and in tweets and, last but not least, you will have our undying gratitude.

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    We will thank you by name in a highlighted section in our beautiful souvenir programme and will tweet our thanks far and wide.

    For UK based sponsors we can offer FOUR tickets to a show of your choice (Including Press Night) and a signed programme with your name inside plus a drink in the interval and a special gift from us and Rachael. You will also receive FOUR tickets to any after-show session of your choice and an invitation to join the company for a drink and chat post-show.

    Sponsors based OUTSIDE the UK will receive not only a signed programme, but also a signed poster and a personal message and gift from Rachael. In addition, we will send you a unique and personally edited version of the trailer for the documentary we are in the process of filming about Rachael and the play.
    Indiana residents can also enjoy a complementary coffee and cake for two and a chat with Rachael at the café.
    Our gratitude now has no bounds!

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