Every year, an average of 404,000 females are victims of sexual offences in the UK. (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/an-overview-of-sexual-offending-in-england-and-wales)
1 in 5 women (aged 16 - 59) have experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 16. (http://www.rapecrisis.org.uk/Statistics2.php)
Scarlet likes sex. That’s never been a problem for her. Then one morning she wakes up to find she’s gone viral. A video of her being sexually abused by a gang of boys has appeared online and it’s picking up popularity. Everything starts to fall apart.
All Scarlet wants to do is put her head down and push through, convinced that it will all blow over if she doesn’t make a fuss. But the cracks are appearing faster than she can paper over them. Hurtling towards breaking point, Scarlet is left with a choice she may not be able to come back from…
Theatre Renegade’s world-premiere of Scarlet is written by Sam H. Freeman, directed by Joe Hufton (Belt Up Theatre, Secret Cinema presents Back to the Future) and features original music by Benji Huntrods and Ed Burgon. Hufton and Freeman collaborated on the Scarlet workshop at Bush Theatre’s Attic Space in March 2013 as part of Theatre Renegade’s ongoing sell-out series Courting Drama, which recently transferred to Southwark Playhouse.
We are working on Scarlet withThe White Ribbon Campaign, the largest effort in the world of men working to end men's violence against women.
As part of the production we will be offering three free Q&As at Southwark Playhouse, including one to mark UK National Stalking Awareness Day on 18th April (with Rebecca Holmes from Tender, Ann Moulds from Action Scotland Against Stalking, Chris Green from White Ribbon Campaign and some of the cast and creatives from the production) as well as leading several workshops involving the themes and theatrical practices (with schools and youth theatre companies).
How Can You Help?
Any money that you are able to give to help support the show will be put towards paying our cast and creating our set.
We are paying all of our cast and creatives involved in the show a union wage, something that is very important to us as a company, and have secured some incredibly strong talent to work on the production. As a company we have worked with multiple award winners (awards include: Olivier Award, Bruntwood Prize, George Devine Award, etc) and creatives working in some of the UK's most exciting and established venues (including: the Royal National Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Young Vic Theatre, Bush Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and numerous others).
Your donation will help us to stage Scarlet to an exceptionally high standard and bring Scarlet's world to life. Every penny truly helps and we can't thank you enough for any support that you can give.
A full budget for this production is available upon request.
Theatre Renegade is a UK based theatre company that places story, engagement and empathy at the heart of the theatrical experience. With a strong focus on new writing and social issues, we also mould and reimagine classic pieces to produce distinctive and unique adaptations.
We are a platform for new work, aiming to forge and build new creative partnerships between writers and directors whilst nurturing them from the very earliest drafts through to realised performance and print. All of our work is based upon the fundamental elements of collaboration and innovation.
Our previous work has been featured at the Bush Theatre, Southwark Playhouse and the Leicester Square Theatre and Volume 1 of our Courting Drama series is currently available at the National Theatre Bookshop, Foyles, Samuel French's Theatre Bookshop and on Amazon.
To find out more about us please visit our website: www.TheatreRenegade.com
Don't hesitate to get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Risks and challenges
Our main challenge will be successfully marketing our production and expanding our audience. Having said this, some performances have already sold at nearly 40% capacity and we are hoping to see good sales across all shows. We have an established audience in London, thanks to our previous productions, but with a show of this magnitude we will need to grow our reach and interaction with audiences.
We are currently seeking funding from several different sources and, as always, hope to be successful. If this is not the case then we have several back up plans currently prepared should we need to utilise them.
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