Written by Sadie Hasler, directed by Sarah Mayhew, and starring both. ('Starring' makes us sounds glitzy, like we will both be wearing sequins and feather boas. We won't. Sorry.)
Thank you so much for swinging by and watching our video! It's quite hard to say everything in a short video in this age of short attention spans, so if you fancy yourself as a bit of a warrior in the information department, here's some more below...
~ "GOT SOME EXCITING BLURB?" ~
Why yes, we do...
Jude has always known she doesn't want kids. Susie isn't sure if her ovaries are panging or if she just needs a wee.
One day, Jude loses the plot and gets sent to anger management. Susie goes along for the ride.
"I am the Edith fucking Piaf of the empty womb."
(She kicked a pram.)
"Je ne regrettay fucking rien."
"Compelling" - Scotsman
"Twisted genius" - GQ
"Superb" - Edinburgh Evening News
"Wonderful" - Three Weeks
"Beyond brilliant" - Phill Jupitus
"Guffaw out-loud funny" - Jenny Eclair
"The voice of a generation" - Deborah Frances-White
"Uproariously funny...fast, furious...empowering & enlivening" - Fringe Review
~ "SO, WHY 'PRAMKICKER' THEN?" ~
Well, thanks for asking, you interesting, wise, and beautiful creature.
Old Trunk are dedicated to creating new plays, not because we don't love old plays, but because the world is constantly changing. We want to tell new stories in new ways while remaining true to the things that don't change - the core qualities, struggles, and joys of being human.
As with most writing, elements of real life find their way into the words and out onto the stage. 'Pramkicker' started as a coffee-shop discussion about having children. About how you know if you never want them, about feeling judged for making that decision as though not having children somehow makes you selfish or less of a 'real woman', (whatever that is; we thought having a vagina was the only real qualifier), through to having moments of deep broodiness, to pondering the restrictions of having a child, to choosing the right time, to the right to abort, to wondering if we'd be any bloody good as mothers anyway, right through to simply thinking it'll be nice to have someone to look after us when we're old (especially if there's no bloody NHS left.)
The facets of both decisions - to have or not to have - are manifold, and it is all these thoughts - alongside the head-clonking consideration of the all-conquering cruelty of the female biological clock, tick-bloody-tock - that have been explored in the writing, editing, devising, and rehearsal of Pramkicker.
As the characters of Jude and Susie developed, Pramkicker also became about the nature of friendship, of being a woman, and of what true sisterhood means. Jude and Susie became not just friends, but sisters who had been separated by an 8 year gap growing up, and who now, as women, were only just getting to know each other. Pramkicker is a play for all women - as much for mothers, sisters, daughters, and future mothers as it is for the proudly child-free women who choose another path. It is for the prampushers as well as the pramkickers, and for the men and women who love them and share their lives.
~ "SO?" ~
Sometimes it's scary being truthful in your work. It's a bit like putting your soul on a plate and asking people not to stab it with a fork. At times 'Pramkicker' has been a tough thing for us to birth, as it were, not only because parts of our real lives are in there (yikes) but also because we wanted to write a strong piece that was not in any way apologetic for its force. We worked hard to create a thoughtful and inclusive piece of work that makes our audiences think, feel, relate, and empathise, at any stage of the baby conundrum. Our preview performances at the Brighton Festival - which engendered both laughter, tears, and passionate debate in the bar afterwards - ensured us we had created such a thing.
We now want to take it further. To Edinburgh, and beyond. We'd love to take you with us. But we need help...
~ "WHAT'S MY PART IN THE PLAY?" ~
Your kind donations (whatever you can comfortably afford; we know times are tougher than Katie Hopkins' skin) will enable us not only to our take our new play 'Pramkicker' to the Edinburgh Fringe and to enable us to make it the best production it can be, but to ensure that we can stroll our baby onwards after Edinburgh chucks us all out for some peace and quiet.
We think it's a shame to work so hard on creating something that we believe lots of people will enjoy, only to show it to people who happen to be in Scotland during August. That is brilliant, but we want to show it to other people in other places at other times too. We don't believe that limiting the show to a month is a full appreciation of the investment people have made in us. They (and we) want to see us growing into a wider-renowned new-writing company. That means people seeing our work. That means touring. That means money. That means nice people helping us. That means you.
Unfortunately Edinburgh is expensive, and so is everything else.
~ "BUT I'M MUCHO BROKE-AMONDO!" ~
Please do not feel that there is a certain amount you have to contribute. We know from our own shabby purses that £20 is a lot of money. So, if you think you would buy us a coffee or a pint were we out having jollies together (maybe even with cake or crisps), then that amount can be alternatively invested in theatre, which lasts longer than a beverage (and doesn't get peed out afterwards). We would love you for any amounts you can afford, large or small, and any amount is truly helpful. If you can afford more, then do feel free. We are only bidding for what we need to get us to Edinburgh, but the work doesn't stop there - there's shedloads left to do afterwards, hang around and be a part of that too!
~ "THEN WHAT?" ~
You would see your generosity reflected in anything from our poster design, to the printing of our fliers, to the cost of getting our posters put up in Edinburgh's fair streets, to the set we sit our bottoms and speak our lines on, to the props we use, to the technician who flicks our switches, to the exuberant students who sell our show to the public out on the streets, to the venue staff who sell our tickets at the box office and help with our admin, to the beds we collapse on, to the petrol that gets us home safe again. (Unleaded, natch...)
Any pound is an invaluable contribution, and a massive thumbs-up of support for Art in general in these tough times.
Love and big-hearted thanks,
Your Old Trunk gals Xx
Risks and challenges
Edinburgh is a unique creative experience and as such comes fully loaded with its own challenges and, of course, risks.
This will be Old Trunk's second year but this does not mean that we are theatrical toddlers wobbling about with snippets of knowledge. Oh no! We have a wealth of previous Edinburghs under our wings in various different guises, so we have a solid understanding of what the worlds' biggest arts festival can throw at you.
It is the challenges that Edinburgh holds that make a company grow and become stronger. We are utterly committed to making this year's Edinburgh a fruitful experience for all and to using these fruits to set Old Trunk on a pathway to a very long theatrical future. The money we raise will play a vital role in facilitating this growth as a company, way beyond our Edinburgh appearance this year.
We have managed to secured a lovely slot in a prestigious venue with a great theatrical programme. We continue to be mentored by the brilliant METAL Southend, who are always there to offer sage advice. We are surrounded by hugely knowledgable theatrical folk who can guide us along our way.
We have a wonderful and passionate team - technical and creative - and have worked together on many previous projects so have a good understanding of how we all work together. The team is strong, committed and ready to face any obstacles they encounter with quick-thinking and a fighting spirit.
We are ready! We just need a little more help to get us there.
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