Help first time producer Emily Hubert mount this ambitious project; Old Vic New Voices and Eastenders:E20 writer Alex Oates's first staged play 'Silk Road' directed by emerging director Dominic Shaw.
He's got a story to tell you.
About knitted tea cosies and the online illegal drugs market.
And his involvement in it.
As a down and out teenager living with his Nan in Whitley Bay, Newcastle, Bruce suddenly discovers how easy it is to buy and sell drugs online. And begins to do so. His tale is both comical and cautionary, warning us against the dangers of the dark web. 'Breaking Bad meets Byker Grove' in this pitch black, poignant one man play for the Bitcoin generation.
Bruce and his world will come to life this summer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, at Assembly's George Square Studio 4 and we need your help to get him there. This is Bruce's first time in the city so the Silk Road team want to make sure he gets the premier he deserves. We need help paying for the studio theatre where Bruce will tell his story, as well as ensuring he and the Silk Road team have somewhere to call home during the Festival.
Your generous backing will enable us to fund these aspects of the project and in return for your support we will thank you with an appropriate reward. We want you as our supporters to feel as involved with Silk Road as possible and hope that our rewards reflect that.
The play was written by Whitley Bay native and Old Vic New Voices graduate Alex Oates, and 2014 will mark Alex's writing debut at the Fringe. Inspired by discussions with Silk Road users, Alex has written a play that takes an honest look at the dark marketplaces.
Bruce will be played by James Baxter, who last appeared at the Fringe in 2007 in Fiona Evans' Fringe First winning play 'Scarborough'. Over the past few years James has taken a break from the stage to concentrate on his television work (Still Open All Hours, Red Dwarf, Emmerdale) but is excited to make his return as Bruce and tell the Fringe exactly what being on the brink of adulthood is like for young men in our northern cities.
Risks and challenges
The worry with any one man play is that if the actor goes down, there's no one to jump in and save the day. Edinburgh is a intense experience for any performer, but even more so for a cast of one. However we have made informed decisions both in our planning for the Fringe and our casting of James to ensure that our audience and our backers are not left disappointed.
We have scheduled two days off over the course of the run to give James time to recharge. We will also ensure that the rehearsal process is structured to support James' way of working as much as possible, so as not to exhaust him before we even cross the border. However we are confident that James has the stamina to give Bruce his all, day in, day out, because of his previous Edinburgh track record. James was just seventeen when he performed in Fiona Evans' Fringe First winning 'Scarborough', a play that he had to perform three times a day for the whole run. We have every confidence in him and hope that you do too.
The other risk is that, despite the generosity of our Kickstarter backers, we are still unable to raise enough money before August. In an environment like the Edinburgh Fringe Festival you cannot rely on ticket sales and so we are currently working towards covering all of our costs before we get to the Fringe. We are doing this by ensuring that we apply for every possible funding outlet possible, both locally and nationally, and launching other crowdfunding initiatives.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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