The people at Sky Blue Theatre Company would like to grant the wish of terminally ill playwright Anne Bartram by producing her first full length comedy at Camden People’s Theatre, London. Sky Blue are already contributing a great deal to this project; Anne needs a wheelchair accessible theatre to be able to see her play which alone is costing in excess of £6000.
Anne’s health started to fail more than twenty years ago. From working full time in her dream job as a teacher she found herself consigned to a wheelchair and working part-time until she was forced to give up teaching altogether. Her late father inspired her to write and volunteer with a youth group, encouraging young people to work in the theatre industry.
Anne also volunteered to set up a new play writing competition in 2012 with the intention of helping new playwrights realise their dreams of having their plays performed by professional actors in a London venue - more than thirty new plays have been produced to date.
We also work closely with Mini Mammoth films who offer to make a short film of one of the ten winning plays.
How it all Began
In March 2015 Anne was diagnosed with Myeloma cancer and with the bucket list single wish of seeing one of her own plays in production, Sky Blue Theatre Company want to give her something back.
Marc Richardson from Mini Mammoth films immediately offered to help and and produced the film at the top of this page which set everything in motion.
This kind of thing is worth fighting for. Struggling with terminal illness is a sorrowful feeling no words can evoke. Making entertainment at a time like this is so important and we should never neglect those kinds of dreams from happening. Without theatre there's a lot less to smile over.
This is not a sob story but the best way we can think of spending the time with Anne. Time that would be otherwise spent prematurely grieving and Anne left thinking if only she had more time. We have time now so were using it to be the best we can.
If you can help in any way by getting our story out there we would be incredibly grateful.
The play is set in Ireland and tells the story of Maurice and Louise as they begin to question the practices of the religion they have been indoctrinated into. It is obvious, to Maurice at least, that a new religion is called for. Perhaps one that will allow him to perform miracles and heal the sick. He sets about creating one - With thousands of religions existing in the world, who’s to say this new religion isn’t the true one?
Jay from Apple Rabbits offered to compose original music for the production.
Jay Fisher worked as a Singer Songwriter from 1994 and has been performing as Apple Rabbits since 2004 – releasing two albums: 'King of Anglia' and 'Kilburn State’ and an EP of electronic/modern composition titled ‘Oberkampf’, and released on vinyl in April 2016, on Kilburn State Records and available to buy from Rough Trade Stores Listen to his music here! http://shop.kilburnstaterecords.com/music
How You Can Help
We need your help to get this show on the road. Actors and stage staff, set and props, rehearsal and performance venue and so much more need to be paid for and the total for everything comes to more than you may realise.
We would love for you to look at the list of rewards and find something that appeals to you or you can donate without a reward if you prefer. Please pledge now and know that you will enabling Anne's bucket wish hope to come true.
Risks and challenges
That Catholic Thing is a comedy about religion and disability. One of the roles is for a deaf actor and another for an actor on the autistic spectrum. Wouldn't it be fantastic if we could raise enough money, not only to have extra training and rehearsal time to really make it work with these actors, but also to be able to employ someone to give some signed performances too!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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