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/
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 Punchdrunk, Coney, Inspector 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
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/
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.)
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
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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