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In this cartoon-strip comedy philosophy and politics meet show-stopping song and dance!
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Fundraising on Kickstarter: What your money will go towards
We need to raise funds to pay six actors Equity Minimum rates for three weeks of rehearsal of “Socrates and his Clouds,” written by dramaturge and philosopher William Lyons, directed by Melina Theocharidou and designed by Katerina Angelopoulou, at the Jermyn Street Theatre, London, 4th – 22nd June 2013. 

Paying the actors is only part of the daunting budget required to produce a play. The reality of producing new writing in small studio-theatre venues is that the costs cannot be covered through the box office revenue even when playing at 100% capacity. Our production costs come to £30,000 – you can find out more about these costs and how we plan to cover them in 'Risks and Challenges' below. Any support that you may be able to offer us, no matter how small, would be greatly appreciated. We have set the amount we hope to raise in this campaign at £3,000 because we hope that is an achievable target. You will be helping pay for our actors' salaries so that they can rehearse full time for 3 weeks and perform for another 3 weeks without worrying about how they will be able to pay the rent!

Rewards on Kickstarter: Our thank you for your generosity
We have specially commissioned artwork by Sean Lingwood to offer as rewards for donations. Sean trained as a draughtsman in engineering before leaving to study graphic design at Bath Spa University (2004), where he encountered printmaking and became enchanted by the process. He works mainly with lino or wood. http://www.anonymoushands.co.uk/

limited edition three-colour linocut (38 x 28 cm) of Socrates by Sean Lingwood.
limited edition three-colour linocut (38 x 28 cm) of Socrates by Sean Lingwood.
specially commissioned, limited edition, woodcut (38cms. by 28 cms.) of Wittgenstein by Sean Lingwood
specially commissioned, limited edition, woodcut (38cms. by 28 cms.) of Wittgenstein by Sean Lingwood

Funds raised so far: How much money we've already raised and how 
The Meddlers Theatre Company has already raised £10,000 from Angels, corporate sponsors (including Kerry Group Ltd.) and institutions (including the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies). 

Through Kickstarter and the approaches detailed below, we are hoping to raise £20,000 more and reach our overall fundraising target of £30,000!

Please note that the playwright will not make any money from the production, and will not be paid any expenses.

Development History: How we got here!
The play was workshopped with four actors over two days at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in January 2012 with the aim of exploring the stylistic language demanded by the text. The cartoon strip style as well as the identity of the Chorus as buskers emerged out of this R&D period, as well as a new draft of the play.

A second phase of development arose out of Anne Cattaneo, Dramaturg of the Lincoln Center and one of the most influential figures in the New York new writing scene, choosing the piece as a comedy play for exploration in the Lincoln Center Directors Lab in which Melina Theocharidou participated in July 2012. Melina worked with three actors on the opening scene of the play, which she presented on the Mitzi stage of Lincoln Center in front of an audience of 70 directors from around the globe.

Risks and challenges

Other production costs and how we're planning to cover them:
In the next few weeks we need to pay for the rehearsal space and theatre rent, costumes, props, lighting, marketing and advertising. We are also hoping to raise enough money to pay the creative team of the show (as well as the cast) Equity Minimum Rates so that they can make a living while working on the production. We have estimated the entire production costs to be nearly £30,000.

As outlined above we have already raised £10,000 and the Kickstarter campaign will add another £3,000 to our pot. We will therefore have £17,000 left to raise.

In order to meet these demands, our Associate Producer Sofia is in the process of approaching Greek trusts and foundations (Niarchos, Onassis and Michael Cacoyannis foundations), as well as the Arts Council, European Union funding and commercial sponsors.

Associate Producer Jennifer is writing to professors and teachers in Classics and Philosophy Departments in universities and schools around London (and the rest of the world, wherever the creators have ties!) who could support a production that brings their ideas to life.

Through this diversified and targeted approach we are confident that we can raise the funds necessary to finance the production.

TRAILER CREDITS:
Animation by Nastazia Lampropoulou
Music by Olivios Karaolides

Music recorded at Hook Recording Art Studio with the following orchestra:
Violin: Nikos Pittas
Cello: Peter Gospodinov
Clarinet: George Georgiou
Xylophone: Marios Nikolaou
Piano: Olivios Karaolides

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    You will be listed on our website www.socratesandhisclouds.com as a supporter, and will have the joy of knowing you are a Patron of the Arts!

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    You will be listed on our website www.socratesandhisclouds.com as a supporter and, as a memento of our production, you will receive a copy of the programme text published by Oberon Books with a thank you note signed by the author and director (the book consists of the programme of the production and the entire playscript).

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    You will be listed on our website www.socratesandhisclouds.com as a Pine Crown supporter and will receive a gift bag with the following mementos of our production: a copy of the programme text published by Oberon Books and a poster, both signed by the author, director and the entire creative team and cast of the production. You will also get two free tickets to the show!

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    You will be listed on our website www.socratesandhisclouds.com as a Laurel Crown supporter and will receive a gift bag with the following mementos of our production: a copy of the programme text published by Oberon Books and a poster, both signed by the author, director and the entire creative team and cast of the production, and two free tickets to the show. You will also have the chance to attend the Dress Rehearsal in London on Tuesday 4th June, where you will meet the cast!

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    You will be listed on our website www.socratesandhisclouds.com as a Laurel Crown supporter and will receive a gift bag with the following mementos of our production: a copy of the programme text published by Oberon Books and a poster, both signed by the author, director and the entire creative team and cast of the production, and two free tickets to the show. You will also have the chance to attend the Dress Rehearsal on Tuesday 4th June, where you will meet the cast. Finally, you will receive a copy of a specially commissioned limited edition three-colour linocut (38 x 28 cm) of Socrates by Sean Lingwood.

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    You will be listed on our website www.socratesandhisclouds.com as an Olive Crown supporter and will receive a gift bag with the following mementos of our production: a copy of the programme text published by Oberon Books and a poster, both signed by the author, director and the entire creative team and cast of the production, and two free tickets to the show. You will also have the chance to attend the Dress Rehearsal on Tuesday 4th June, where you will meet the cast. Finally, you will receive a copy of a specially commissioned limited edition three-colour linocut (38 x 28 cm) of Socrates by Sean Lingwood and a copy of a specially commissioned, limited edition, woodcut (38cms. by 28 cms.) of the philosopher Wittgenstein by Sean Lingwood.

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