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I want to add a new perspective to the cycling safety debate by taking my play THE WHITE BIKE to the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling
58 backers pledged £1,686 to help bring this project to life.

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LAST WEEK SPECIAL PROMOTION:

For every £5 donation, we will send you a crochet flower badge so you can show your support on your lapel! The more backers that rally behind this, the more of a splash we will make. Thank you all so much for supporting this play, we love you very much!

Stretch Goal: £1600 - reached!

We managed to raise £800 in under a week. An amazing outcome, thanks to all our supporters (you are truly wonderful!). This will allow us to take THE WHITE BIKE to Edinburgh as a dramatic reading at the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling on 11 June 2015 and bring it in front of an audience invested in its future. We eagerly anticipate their feedback, which will have an impact on the further development.

Now, with hours to go we have managed to raise a further £800, so will be able to take the next step on the journey towards a full production: a week-long workshop with a technical crew and actors to work out how to best stage the play and to overcome its biggest staging challenge - the cycling. For this stage, we already have support-in-kind in place, the money raised through Kickstarter would go towards paying actors and crew.

We have also received support-in-kind from the Royal Court Theatre, who have promised us free rehearsal space in their theatre, which is a huge honour, and will help us very much with the realisation of this project.

Now it counts - everything pledged above and beyond the stretch goal will go directly towards the full production and will help us in securing the additional funding we will need.

So please continue to pledge to the project, and spread the word - each and every pledge is worth so much more than its financial value alone - you are adding a voice that says 'We care about this, we want to make it happen' - the more backers there are, the easier it will be for us to secure additional funding elsewhere and to convince future collaborators that this is an important and worthwhile project which has public interest.

About the play:

The White Bike is a play which addresses the issue of road safety by looking at the personal cost of road death. Being killed in traffic as a pedestrian or cyclist is a completely random, senseless death that could happen to anyone. This play is inspired by the case of Eilidh Cairns who was killed by a lorry as she cycled to work. It uses witness statements, family recollections and years of cycling experience to create a deeply personal portrait of a life cut short too soon.

This is us talking about the play in the Evening Standard last year:

Article by Ross Lydall, Evening Standard
Article by Ross Lydall, Evening Standard

This would be the first public performance of the full-length script. We will present it as a dramatic reading, directed by Lily McLeish at The Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh.

We want to show the play to an audience passionate about cycling in order to receive feedback from people who are, like us, personally invested in raising the profile of the issue of cycle deaths. Which is why we are delighted at the opportunity of taking it to the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling, Britain's biggest and most varied festival for cyclists.

This will be an important step on the road towards a full production, allowing a cycling-oriented audience to directly feed back into the development process.

The play was developed and first staged in a shorter version at The Arcola Theatre, London. It then received a period of script development to turn it into a full-length play with theatre director Oliver Rose and an extract was showcased at Queen Mary University of London last year.

This will be the first time the finished full-length script will be in front of an audience.

We have already raised just over £1500 which is 70% of the funds needed for rehearsal space hire, venue hire, actors' fee and marketing through other fundraising avenues and in-kind support.

But now we need to get this on the road.

Quite literally.

Your contribution would go directly towards the practical costs of taking the play up to the festival:

This means return train tickets to Edinburgh for three actors and the writer, and accommodation in Edinburgh.

Core Cost Breakdown:

  • TRAVEL: Return tickets for 4 (cheapest possible for the dates needed): £384.10
  • ACCOMMODATION: based on Airbnb quoted price for one night for 4: £176
  • Kickstarter fee: 5% of £800 = £40
  • Payment processing fee: 5% of £800 = £40
  • VAT @ 20% on £640 (pre-VAT sum)= £128
  • Total: £768.10

If you care about raising the important issue of cycle safety onto a public stage, please give as generously as possible, and please spread the word too! Every click, tweet and like helps.

This is, however, only the first step towards a future production. We will need to raise more money through the Arts Council for, firstly a Research and Development grant so that we can explore with a creative team how to overcome the biggest challenge of the play for a full production - the cycling, and then towards staging the play for a three to four week professional run.

Further donations to help victims of road violence, can be made via the charity RoadPeace: http://www.roadpeace.org.

Keep in touch! Please follow me on Twitter @tamarawerthern and visit my Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/TheWhiteBike

Trailer featuring Lois Jones, Jack Hughes and Marlene Werthern-Pilch filmed by Tom Goudsmit: http://www.tomgoudsmit.com/

Photograph of Arcola production featuring Lois Jones, Jack Hughes and Rosalind Philips taken by Christian Schmermer

Some of our Prizes for supporters of the project:

These hand-made crocheted flower badges are for you to show your support of the project, and to welcome spring.
These hand-made crocheted flower badges are for you to show your support of the project, and to welcome spring.
These hand-made fingerless cycling gloves in bright colours are especially useful when indicating, and help you get stylishly through the transition periods of spring and autumn. They will also brighten up your commute!
These hand-made fingerless cycling gloves in bright colours are especially useful when indicating, and help you get stylishly through the transition periods of spring and autumn. They will also brighten up your commute!

Risks and challenges

In having 70% of funding in place and collaborating closely with Edinburgh Festival of Cycling (@edfoc), we have eliminated most of the risks and are confident that taking the play there in some form will be possible.

By reaching our Kickstarter Goal, both the director and the playwright will be able to rehearse the play in our already secured rehearsal space in London and work with actors who are already familiar with the play and have worked on it before. This will ensure the play our audience in Edinburgh sees will be in its best possible form.

If we do not reach our goal, the reading will still be able to happen. We would then need to cast it remotely with actors in Edinburgh which would only give us the two hours at the Pleasance Theatre before the show starts to rehearse. As Lily McLeish is currently staff director at the National Theatre, she won't be able to come up to Edinburgh so the experience for the audience might suffer.

The reason why taking the play up to Edinburgh 'the best it can be' is that this would only be the first step on the road to a full production. We are excited about meeting people interested in the theatre and in cycling at the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling, and hope that connections will arise from this which will help us making the production a reality soon.

Thank you for supporting this project and please keep in touch about future developments with The White Bike.

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