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Cancer patient Anne Bartram's bucket list wish, is to have her new play performed at a London venue and reviewed by a national paper.
Cancer patient Anne Bartram's bucket list wish, is to have her new play performed at a London venue and reviewed by a national paper.
Cancer patient Anne Bartram's bucket list wish, is to have her new play performed at a London venue and reviewed by a national paper.
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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.

Poster for the show!
Poster for the show!

About Anne

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.

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The Play

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?

That Catholic Thing - Maurice looks to heaven for inspiration
That Catholic Thing - Maurice looks to heaven for inspiration

The Music

Jay from Apple Rabbits offered to compose original music for the production.

Jay
Jay

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.

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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!

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    We will tweet about you or your company as a contributor to the project to our 15K followers on our Sky Blue Theatre twitter account.

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    A thank you in the programme with your name listed as a contributor to the production. We will also tweet about you or your company to our 15K followers on our Sky Blue Theatre twitter account.

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    Blank Verse - a hidden treasure?
    We know: the idea of Shakespeare's verse seems so complicated it's best left buried in academic books. But you're about to find out that it's not!
    This brilliant interactive DVD will get you understanding the basics within 15 minutes - and then provide a unique speedy reference tool for a lifetime. Whether you are a director, actor, teacher or student or just love watching his plays, this DVD will give you an insight into the brilliance of Shakespeare's writing and unlock the hidden treasure in his texts.
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    Develop your skills as a playwright and submit up to two new, one act play scripts to the British Theatre Challenge 2017 value £32. We will also tweet about you as a contributor to our project to our 15K followers on our Sky Blue Theatre twitter account.

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    Two tickets for a performance of your choice and a mysterious letter written by a character in the play. We will also tweet about you to our 15K followers on our Sky Blue Theatre twitter account. A thank you in the programme with your name listed as a contributor to the production.

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    Two tickets for a performance of your choice. A personal video message from our actors posted on our Facebook and twitter pages for your birthday. A thank you in the programme with your name listed as a contributor to the production.

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    To be presented with one of the props from a key scene in the play; two tickets for a performance of your choice. We will also tweet about you to our 15K followers on our Sky Blue Theatre twitter account. A thank you in the programme with your name listed as a contributor to the production.

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    Get your hair cut and styled by catwalk stylist Mia Mac (must be inside the M25)
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    Get ahead with your application to drama school with a private two hour tuition session in your own home (must be within M25 or the Cambridge area). Rehearse your audition pieces and get expert advice on interview and audition techniques from Steve Brownlie a tutor from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

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    A headshot session with stunning portrait photographer, Rah Petherbridge. Session would give you 3 polished portraits. Sessions usually cost £200+
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    Two tickets to the performance of your choice. A PDF copy of the script; a download of the original music, integral to the play, composed by Apple Rabbits; performing rights with original score for performances of That Catholic Thing; a prop from a key scene in the play; a tweet about you to our 15K followers on our Sky Blue Theatre twitter account; a thank you in the programme with your name listed as a contributor to the production. If you are considering pledging for this and would like more information about the play please get in touch.

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    Two tickets for a performance of your choice, a chat with actors after the performance where you will be presented with a prop from a key scene in the play, the moment captured by photo and tweeted to our 15k followers on our Sky Blue Twitter account. A thank you in the programme with your name listed as a contributor to the production.

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    A private Bullshit tour of London! This would be for a group of up to 30 people. Ideal for Birthday's, staff parties, stag parties, hen do's etc. Worth £250
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    A Sky Blue actor to organise a party (ninety minutes) in your own home (must be inside the M25) to include immersive games and theatrical experience for you and up to 9 guests. Be presented with one of the props from a key scene in the play. Your name in the programme as a contributor to the show.

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    Hire the whole theatre for a private performance for you and your friends. A presentation of a trophy awarded to you as a highest funder as you chat with actors after the performance; the moment captured by photo and tweeted to our 15k followers on our Sky Blue Twitter account. Be presented with one of the props from a key scene in the play. A thank you in the programme with your name listed as a valued contributor to the production.

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