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A graphic novel is brought to life in a snowy, bleak, blood drenched Russia. 'A triumph, cleverly stylised, marvelous production' *****

Hello and welcome to our kickstarter project, thank you so much for taking the time to visit our page and we hope you like what you see!

About us...

We are a young theatre company with a reputation (if you don't mind us saying) for putting on sell out shows in a gritty unconventional style. We are performing one of Shakespeare’s oldest and most controversial plays in the style of a graphic novel. Here at Deadly Theatre productions we've been somewhat frustrated by what we see as a straight jacketed approach to theatre in Universities. Therefore, we have sought to break the mould and apply our very own unique gritty, cinematic style to a play by one of the most revered playwrights in history.

So who's this Titus?

Titus Andronicus is a play with 14 killings (nine onstage), six severed members, one rape, one live burial, one case of insanity and one of cannibalism. With an average of 5.2 atrocities per act or one every 97 lines, this gruesome play, set against the backdrop of post-Communist Russia, will be reimagined as a living, breathing, bleeding graphic novel... This production transforms one of Shakespeare's classics into a gritty, modern and exciting experience and brings the story of Titus Andronicus to life, asking the question: how far will you go for revenge?

Story so far...

The show was first performed at the Rag Factory in London over three nights, and sold out every night before the doors had opened making it the first UCL production to do so. The Rag Factory’s white space emphasised the numerous blood soaked scenes. Drawing from a Tarantino inspired style the production sought to force the audience to re-evaluate their views on violence by confronting them with scenes of graphic and hyper-real violence.

After this eventful and successful run the natural and logical step was to bring graphic novel-esque revenge (and violence) to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

We submitted our hopeful application and were lucky enough to be accepted by C Venues to perform between the dates of 31st July - 17th August at C Nova, Studio 3... 12.15pm.

Let the scramble/adventure begin....

Why are we asking for money and how is it going to be used?

This being our first outing as a company to the Edinburgh Festival, we lack the capital to cover the whole of our adventure. Here at Deadly Theatre Productions we are having to be incredibly innovative to find the money to fund ourselves (by coming right out and just asking for it!). So, how is your hard-earned money going to be spent?

There are a number of areas that will need to be covered:

- Venue Hire
- Accommodation
- Props and Costumes
- Publicity
- Set

Anything you are able to give, will be a huge help for us. Not only this, but by funding us and enabling us to attend the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, you have supported the Arts, proving to aspiring and ambitious companies, directors, producers and actors that anything is possible!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Once funded, the chance of this show not being performed is nil - the show will go on! The venue has been secured and the production team and cast are among the most dedicated people around.

However, there are some difficulties we may have, but not ones that cannot be overcome. For example, if a cast member becomes ill or cannot perform for any reason, the cast have doubled up roles and are prepared to step in at any moment. Other than this difficulty nothing will stop us getting to Edinburgh!

(We are not liable for 'Acts of God' e.g. Edinburgh is struck by an 'Extinction Class' Asteroid).

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