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A new British musical about friendship, love & survival, set in Soho across 60 years, featuring the songs of Marc Almond and Soft Cell.
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So what is Tainted?

In a world tainted by bigotry and injustice, this is a tale of acceptance, survival and love, featuring the songs of Marc Almond and Soft Cell.

We all need at least one truly accepting, safe place. Timeless and ageless, tough and tender, firm but fair, outspoken bar manager Marcia presides over just such a place – a basement space in Soho where everyone and anyone can be themselves, whether it be the 1940s, 1970s, the 1980s or in this troubled new millennium of ours.

The name of the place may change – Le Grand Guignol, Gutter Hearts, The Pink Flamingo - but the ethos never will. There is no prejudice accepted here, no hatred and no blame. Just love, acceptance and friendship - with added dancing, laughing, drinking and loving. 

Welcome to Soho. Welcome to Marcia's bar!

What's all this about a workshop showcase performance?

We've been dying to tell you all about this. We're putting on a show. Well, a workshop showcase to be exact. It's exhausting but very exciting; and we want you to be part of this phase of our development.

What you need to know about this workshop showcase before you 'kick in' your money:

  • Cool it, sausage, this is not a full blown West End production (just yet)
  • Set and costume design won't be fancy
  • Choreography (although you can see we've been experimenting with this from our video) will not feature in this workshop performance
  • Expect some scripts in hand
  • Expect limited dialogue and a narrator to walk you through parts of the show
  • Expect a fabulous new take on the music you know and love
  • And lastly... expect us to ask for your feedback at the end. Now's your chance to shape the future of this new musical.

Details:

Wednesday 24 October 2018, The Vaults Theatre, London

  • 6.30pm, doors open
  • 7.30pm, showcase starts
  • Plus an after-show party in the venue
The Vaults Theatre, Waterloo, London
The Vaults Theatre, Waterloo, London
The seating tiers at The Vaults Theatre, London
The seating tiers at The Vaults Theatre, London
We want your feedback to help shape this musical.
We want your feedback to help shape this musical.

A little bit more about the show

Tainted – a new musical
Tainted – a new musical

 Marcia's bar takes on three guises through the piece.

1944 – Le Grand Guignol
1944 – Le Grand Guignol
1972 – Gutter Hearts
1972 – Gutter Hearts
1989 – The Pink Flamingo
1989 – The Pink Flamingo

The "taint" of the title is the timeless "taint" of the world - the recurrent desire to identify and isolate scapegoats, to bully minorities, to oppress, violate or eradicate those who do not conform. 

We see a background of war and anti-semitism in the 1940s, unchallenged racism and queer-bashing in the 1970s - and the long shadow of HIV-AIDS and the state-sponsored bigotry of Section 28 in the late 1980s. 

Musicals aren't written. but REwritten ...
Musicals aren't written. but REwritten ...

 The starting point for this piece was Marc Almond's extraordinary gift as a musical narrative storyteller - and Dave Ball's incredible way with melody and sound. Each of their songs has its own, standalone narrative, but the same, vitally important themes constantly recur. 

Always, Marc is interested in - and concerned with - those who are excluded, pushed to the margins or rejected, because of their sexual preferences or ethnicity, their lifestyle choices or belief systems. 

Our Principal Inspiration
Our Principal Inspiration

 We have worked our way through a formidable song list, and use only songs that genuinely enhance and support the story we need to tell. There will be old favourites in new guises; and less familiar songs too. 

Each song has been meticulously transcribed and stripped down to its essential lyrical and melodic component parts, then fully recast as musical theatre, suitably arranged for its historical and narrative context. 

Now we feel it's time to share the piece with you.

The Players Workshop, October 2016
The Players Workshop, October 2016
White Bear Workshop, October 2017
White Bear Workshop, October 2017
White Bear Workshop, October 2017
White Bear Workshop, October 2017
GSA Workshop, February 2018
GSA Workshop, February 2018

Sneak peek of the Programme and Postcard Concepts

Why KickStarter?

It's true that musicals aren't written - they are rewritten.

Getting this far has taken us over two years - of drafting and redrafting, work shops, rehearsals and part-performances of this piece.

Now we are getting serious – really serious.

Getting a new musical off the ground is an expensive business. The core creative team - writers, director and music director - have already invested hundreds of hours of hard work in the piece ("aaaaah!" we hear you all sigh sympathetically), but there is only so much we can do without having some money to invest. Which brings us, literally, to Kickstarter.

We need the funds to put on a successful showcase, to give everyone involved the best possible chance of taking this project further.

This one-off, public performance with professional singer-actors and a live band will be a chance for you to help us shape the show. This is very much a work-in-progress, so don't expect all the razzmatazz of 42nd Street just yet - but we are sure we'll get there, in time, with your help.

So, it's exciting, right? 

From here we hope to take it to the next phase and put on a staged production somewhere in the UK.

What will your backing pay for?

  • We need to pay the actors to rehearse and perform at the showcase
  • We need to pay the musicians
  • We need to hire The Vaults Theatre for the day, which never comes cheap
  • We need to hire light and sound engineers and all the equipment that entails
  • We need some costuming and props
  • We need a classy souvenir programme and other promotional material
  • We need to cover the usual printing and admin costs that come with a showcase. Those scripts don't print themselves.

We have set our funding goal as modestly as we dare. 

With a lot of love and support we hope to stretch our funding goals to go bigger and bolder in our ambitions for the above.

Rest assured, every penny of your money will be invested in making this workshop showcase as good as it possibly can be. The core creative team will not be taking a penny from the day. 

Stretch target?

If we manage to surpass our target, we'd be thrilled and we'd be able to put more money into such exciting elements as costuming, props and other means of making this show bigger and better for you.

Stay updated with the show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Risks and challenges

Every penny we raise through this campaign will be invested directly in the showcase performance on Wednesday 24 October. The higher the level we can achieve in that showcase, the more likely we are to impress potential producers and take this to the next level - so every penny we raise will improve our chances of taking this piece, of which we are all so proud, all the way to a full, professional production some time in 2019.

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    Say Hello ...

    Kick in an extra twenty-five and we'll send you some limited edition bits and pieces we'll make just for the showcase.

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    Limited to 80.

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    • A signed sheet from a genuine working script (signed by writers)
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    • Limited-edition programme (handed to you on the day)
    • Limited edition postcard artwork (1 of 4 designs)
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    • Limited-edition programme (handed to you on the day)
    • Limited-edition postcard set (all 4 different designs)
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    Cell Mates

    For five hundred quid. We’ve had to keep this one close to our chest. Be our special guest along with your +1 for the first ever private industry workshop performance on Wednesday 24th October at 2.30pm. Industry and VIPs in attendance. AND come to a rehearsal, too! AND come to evening, too! AND... bag yourself and your +1 an invite to the opening night of the first staged production and after party (whenever that might be).

    Includes:
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    • A seat at the first staged production performance
    • Invite to after party of first staged production.
    • Our eternal thanks
    • Insider updates on the show's development
    • Name in the limited-edition workshop showcase programme
    • A signed sheet from a genuine working script (signed by writers)
    • Limited-edition programme (handed to you on the day)
    • Limited-edition postcard set (all 4 different designs)
    • Your programme signed by the creative team
    • Invitation to the after party
    • Invitation to the evening after party on 24th Oct
    • Special thank you after the performance
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    • Insider updates on the show's development
    • Advance booking for the first production of "Tainted" (TBC 2019)
    • A signed sheet from a genuine working script (signed by writers)
    • Name in the limited-edition workshop showcase programme
    • Limited-edition programme (handed to you on the day)
    • Limited-edition postcard set (all 4 different designs)
    • Invitation to the workshop showcase performance (24th Oct)
    • Your programme signed by the creative team
    • Your seat is reserved in rows 2, 3 or 4.
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    Entertain Me (for two people)

    For one hundred and twenty quid you and a friend are invited to the workshop showcase performance at The Vaults Theatre, London. You'll be our guests for this one-off public performance. You're both in for a treat!

    Includes:
    • Our eternal thanks
    • Insider updates on the show's development
    • Advance booking for the first production of "Tainted" (TBC 2019)
    • A signed sheet from a genuine working script (signed by writers)
    • Name in the limited-edition workshop showcase programme
    • Limited-edition programme (handed to you on the day)
    • Limited edition postcard artwork (1 of 4 designs)
    • Invitation to the workshop showcase performance (24th Oct)
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    Key to the City (for two people)

    A cool one hundred and fifty, ey? Come this way, the pair of you. Fancy getting a little more up close and personal? Get a better view for you and your guest and maybe catch the eye of our loveable landlady, Marcia.

    Includes:
    • Our eternal thanks
    • Insider updates on the show's development
    • Advance booking for the first production of "Tainted" (TBC 2019)
    • A signed sheet from a genuine working script (signed by writers)
    • Name in the limited-edition workshop showcase programme
    • Limited-edition programme (handed to you on the day)
    • Limited-edition postcard set (all 4 different designs)
    • Invitation to the workshop showcase performance (24th Oct)
    • Your programme signed by the creative team
    • Your seat is reserved in rows 2, 3 or 4.
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    Le Grand Guignol

    Two-hundred and fifty. Wow, that's some hefty support! Now this one really is rather special. Yourself and a guest of your choosing will be invited to sit in on a morning or afternoon rehearsal (date to be arranged in OCT w/c 8th AND w/c 15th Oct). You'll see the showcase come together before your eyes. It really is a magical thing this theatre lark. Oh, and of course you and a guest will be front row! AND we'll thank you personally after the performance.

    Limited to 2.

    Includes:
    • Our eternal thanks
    • Insider updates on the show's development
    • Advance booking for the first production of "Tainted" (TBC 2019)
    • Name in the limited-edition workshop showcase programme
    • A signed sheet from a genuine working script (signed by writers)
    • Limited-edition programme (handed to you on the day)
    • Limited-edition postcard set (all 4 different designs)
    • Your programme signed by the creative team
    • Invitation to the workshop showcase performance (24th Oct)
    • Invitation for 2 people to the workshop showcase (24th Oct)
    • You've got a front row seat
    • Invitation to the after party
    • Attend a morning or afternoon rehearsal for the showcase
    • Special thank you after the performance
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