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Amélie meets David Lynch in this touching show to help us talk about depression.
Amélie meets David Lynch in this touching show to help us talk about depression.
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Hey there! We think it's good to talk about depression.

What’s beneath the surface? 350 million people suffer from depression worldwide. Yet it seems this mental illness is still a bit of a taboo subject. We want to dispel the myths about depression. It's not all sad or bad. It can lead us to some absurd and comic situations, it can enlighten us and most importantly, overcoming it can teach us how to let go.

Through a gentle tale of an employee devoted to liberating the fish from the aquarium he works at, Black Dog Gold Fish is a touching comedy that we're working on. Inspired by a real story and featuring a revenge-seeking goldfish, it's about learning how to deal with moments of falling deeper and deeper into the abyss. 

Let's talk about depression. It matters.

Black Dog Gold Fish will be performed at the Vault Festival in central London on 18-22 February 2015. Book your tickets here: http://www.vaultfestival.com/project/black-dog-gold-fish/

Bolton Cabaret 2012
Bolton Cabaret 2012

Why do it through theatre? 

We believe that when done right, theatre is a powerful tool in making people listen and talk. With Black Dog Gold Fish, we want people to start conversations about depression - amongst themselves, with their family and friends, and with organisations that are already making a real difference today. 

What kind of show can you expect? We specialise in making shows inspired by real life stories. The story is comic and tragic at the same time, and the design very cinematic. Our audiences have told us that Parrot feels a lot like watching a film onstage.  

We trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and since 2006 have been mentored by awesome companies such as PunchdrunkConeyInspector Sands and dreamthinkspeak. Most recently we trained with Philippe Gaulier in Paris. 

We’ve performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, across unusual locations in Europe (including a cliff in Montenegro!) and even in the West End. We're proud to have been based at the artsdepot for five years. Kerry has some kind things to say about us.

"Ingenious storytellers! You won't be able to wipe the smile off your face." Kerry Andrews, Artistic Director, artsdepot

"Keep an eye out for this company!" The Talent Magazine

Champagne Breakfast 2011
Champagne Breakfast 2011

I'm Sam and I live with depression. 

About 5 years ago, I left Parrot to pursue a career in film and advertising while working with my band Francobollo too. But it was many years later that I shared with Parrot in the Tank that I've been going through depression and it was difficult to explain to anyone.

So I decided to write a script and come back to Parrot. Now I want to share with you a fictional retelling of this story and what I've learned about nad through depression. Black Dog Gold Fish is inspired by the highs and lows that I've experienced. 

Meet the Parrot team. 

We're a group of 9 theatre-makers with talents across lighting and sound design, composition, design for stage, performing and production. Each of us has our freelance career and we come back together once a year to tell a story that we believe should inspire positive action. 

We've been together for 8 years now and we appreciate every moment we get to spend working together. Some of our more adventurous work includes an immersive pop-up restaurant with Gingerline, a scout adventure show performed with children with autism at the Young Vic and a cabaret inspired by Michael Bolton. 

In the top row from the left, we are Sam (lighting design), Max (composer), Tom (sound design) and Jay (technical manager). In the bottom row from the left, we are Ruth (education), Sam (me!), Joe (director) and Anisha (designer). Eva (producer) is in the red balloon. She doesn't always look like that. 

Want to see more? Explore our site and projects here: http://www.parrotinthetank.co.uk/

Meet the Parrot in the Tank team.
Meet the Parrot in the Tank team.

We've got a plan.

So what have we got? We’ve got everything ready to go and can't wait to get started. We’ve got a script. We’ve got some amazing performers to work with that we met at Ecole Philippe Gaulier and Central. We’ve got us, the team behind it. We’ve got a venue we’ll soon pay for. 

We’ve been accepted to the Vault Festival, the best festival for new theatre in the heart of London this February! What will the money be used for? We will fund 4x actors, a rehearsal space, props and marketing. We, the team at Parrot can get by just, so we're not looking for fees for ourselves. 

The more we raise, the more finished the show can be. Any excess funds will be put towards production (quality design) and marketing (far reach to get the people who the show will matter to.) 

Black Dog Gold Fish at the Vault Festival.
Black Dog Gold Fish at the Vault Festival.

We've got even bigger plans. 

We really want to tour the show across the UK and the US. We want to take it to more theatres, schools and companies and start conversations about depression and isolation and how to deal with it as a community. 

We’ve got a great bunch of people with contacts in the UK and US - across technology, arts and science. We’re planning to partner with Wellcome Trust and NESTA to help us fund the next step of the show, but we need to get it up and running first. 

If you'd like us to bring the show to where you are, please get in touch with us here! 

Please help us take it on the road. 

If this sounds like something that you'd like to support, we'd really love your help. We can't wait to get the rewards over to you, so we hope you find one that you find most exciting!

If you can't support us directly, but love the project, we'd be grateful if you could share the project with your family and friends. Every little helps. Above all, we hope to take it to where you are soon.

Please ask if you have any questions and we'd be happy to answer all of them. You can also talk to us on twitter at @parrotinthetank.

Thanks so much and we hope to meet you all one day! 

With love and feathers,  

Parrot in the Tank

Basecamp 2014
Basecamp 2014

Images in video:
Table of prop food - commons.wikimedia.org user: Amadscientist
Seaside - seasideaquarium.com
Kitten in Grass - hdwallpaperfun.com

Risks and challenges

These are setbacks that can occur to us.

Team fails to deliver the project:
To avoid that from happening, we have assigned roles to each member of the team to deal with their respective responsibilities to do with the project. Eva will be in charge of production and liaise with you and the festival. Sam (me) will lead the team of actors and designers in bringing the show to life. We will both check on each other's progress to ensure we stick to the project as planned.

Team fails to raise sufficient funds through Kickstarter:
At this point in time, we're relying on the success of the campaign in seeing the project through. If we fail to raise enough funds to pay for our costs, we will need to delay the project until a later date and look for alternative funding at that point. We'd love to see it through with your support!

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    All our music comes with an original score from our composer Max Perryment. This reward lets you download music from the show.

    We're also including 3x extra tracks from Parrot's previous shows created between 2008-2013.

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    FOR THOSE WHO LOVE WORDS:

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    You'll not only get music from the show, but something for your eyes too. We're giving you access to all photos from the show available for you to download at high resolution.

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    FOR THOSE WHO LOVE DIRECTING:

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    FOR THOSE WHO LOVE MEMORIES:

    Everyone likes something tactile to remember. In addition to the music and the photos from the show, you'll also get a signed A2 poster of the show from the team at Parrot in the Tank and a signed postcard from the finest fish of the Aquarium.

    We'll also include you in our show's programme for everyone to see your support.

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    FOR THOSE WHO LOVE THEATRE:

    If you can't wait to see what we create, this reward is for you. You'll get music, photos and a signed A2 poster from the show, a signed postcard from the finest fish of the Aquarium, inclusion in our programme and 2x front row premiere tickets to experience Black Dog Gold Fish in full.

    Please note, you'll need to arrange to be in London for this. The premiere is on 18th February. Get in touch to arrange another time.

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    FOR THOSE WHO LOVE TO LEARN:

    Ever wondered how a show gets made? This reward is for you. In addition to music, photos, a signed A2 poster, inclusion in the programme and 2x front row premiere tickets, we're inviting you into our rehearsal room for 3 hours and observe the process of bringing a show to life.

    We'll have lunch together afterwards and will happily answer all your questions. We'll also give you something to create your very own homegrown aquarium.

    Please note you'll need to arrange to be in London to experience this. The premiere is on the 18th February and we will rehearse between 2nd-13th February 2015. Get in touch to arrange a time.

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    FOR THOSE WHO LOVE TO CREATE:

    Have you always wanted to be part of a theatre company? This reward lets you do that for one day. In addition to music, photos, a signed A2 poster, inclusion in the programme and 2x front row premiere tickets, we're making you part of the theatre-making process for a day of your choice.

    You'll be tasked with an acting, directorial, technical or a design-based responsibility and work with one of our team for 8 hours to help bring the show to life. We'll have lunch together and will happily answer all your questions.

    You'll also get 2x extra tickets to the show for your family or friends to see your efforts. We'll also give you something to create your very own homegrown aquarium.

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