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In October 2014 Tooting Arts Club will present Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd in the oldest Pie and Mash Shop in London!
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Hello!  We are Tooting Arts Club, a site-specific theatre company, providing professional theatre for the people of Tooting and further afield.

TAC was formed with the sole intention of bringing quality professional theatre to a much loved neigbourhood, who, we believed, would welcome such a venture. And we weren’t wrong! We now have a very strong community following, with a growing army of volunteers and professionals who regularly give-up their time and expertise to help the TAC cause. We were even invited to parliament to take part in a ‘Heros of the community’ celebration! And Boris Johnson also wanted to shake our communal hand to thank us for our contribution to Tooting. Not sure he actually knows where Tooting is, but hey, we’ll take the compliment…

TAC have produced four productions since forming in 2011, all of which have been very well received not only by the local community but the press too, on two occassions we have been Critics’ Choice in Time Out who most recently described us as...

'Fringe theatre at its most vital and alive' - Time Out

Thank you Time Out. We are also an award winning company, picking up the best actor gong at the Off West-End awards for Thomas Coombes’ performance in Barrie Keefe’s Barbarians. We are also a registered Community Interest Company, which, in essence, means we are a non-for profit organisation with a strong community focus. God we’re nice.

So what’s this about a pie-shop?!

In October 2014 Tooting Arts Club will present a full production of Stephen Sondheim’s acclaimed musical Sweeney Todd in one of the oldest pie and mash shops in London. It’s going to be intimate (there are only 32 seats), unique (I think we can safely say it’s a first), and ridiculously ambitious (how?!) – but we think this crazy idea really could have magic in it …

Harrington’s has been operating as a pie shop for over 100 years. It is very much at the heart of the Tooting community and the staff have, to our surprise and delight, really welcomed the idea. It’s hard to convey our gratitude for their kindness and support so far, but simply put, they’ve been briliant. A pre-theatre pie and mash will of course be available on request ...

And there’s more! Not only we do we have the support of Harrington’s but we are also collaborating with the Barber's across the street who will be providing a bar and box office area.Gin-sling anyone? Cut-throat shave to whet your appetite? Brave enough?!

Who and how and what’s more…

Bill Buckhurst, fresh from co-directing Hamlet with Dominic Dromgoole for Shakespeare’s Globe, will return to direct the ensemble of 8 actors and 3 musicians.We also welcome the return of two other key creatives, Josh Richardson as our sound designer and Cathrine Webb as out Lighting Designer. And there are two new folk to add to the team, Ben Cox as Musical Director and Simon Kenny as our designer.

In addition to the production, our education programme will target Key Stage 3 and 4 students and like all our other projects, school workshops and schemes of work will be available on request.

Risks and challenges

TAC have produced four successful shows since 2011 and we are now very experienced and adept at managing such ambitious projects. We have a track record and are confident that we know this market place and how it works.

Coupled with that, we have built very strong working relationships with the creatives that we regularly employ and completely trust their commitment and ability to produce a production of the highest order!

Our total budget for this production is £47k - minimum. By that we mean, this is what we need to make it happen – not comfortably – but we could do it, and this is where we are at so far…

We have been awarded 15k, from the Arts Council (thank you)we predict a realistic £20k from ticket sales (based on a 70% capacity) we have secured approximately £6.5k from sponsorship so far, and we have applied for funding from other sources too which we hope we will secure.

If our Kickstarter campaign is a success it will essentially green-light this project meaning that we will have secured all the funding we need to complete the project from start to finish – will you help us get that last £4,000 by being part of this Sondheim, London, Pie shop first?! Please check out our pledges to see how you can get involved. We would be ever so grateful. And if none of the rewards grab you, please do check out our website to see how you can donate in other ways...

TAC x

www.tootingartsclub.co.uk

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    In addition to all these lovely things you will have a cameo role in our promotional trailer. You will need to be available for the filming during the third week in September and be able to travel to sunny Tooting!

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    A whole night for you and of your chosen 30 guests!

    Including ... Pre-show drinks reception and cut-throat razor lesson at the barbers! Pre-show Pie and Mash at Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop - optional Eels and Liquor! An exclusive performance of the show for you and your guests! Interval drinks! A post-show 'meet the cast' drinks reception on set! Now that's a good night out!

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