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Drugs, love and tea cosies collide in Alex Oates's debut comedy about a young lad tangled in the dark web. @silkroadtheplay
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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.

Meet Bruce.

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.

The Project

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

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.

The Actor

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.

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    Thanks for pledging a quid! Every little helps and we'll be thanking you on twitter for it!

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    Aye, a fiver dosen't half go a long way. And to thank you for your time and money we'll send you a personalised THANK YOU LETTER from the Silk Road team, as well as a pretty postcard from Edinburgh when we're up there to let you know how we're getting on. We'll ALSO give you a wee nod on twitter, so the online world is aware of your kindness.

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    We appreciate you forking out a tenner and want to show that by sending you three of our snazzy SHOW PHOTOGRAPHS to accompany that personlised thank-you letter. And of course still give you that nod on twitter, you good deed doer. We'll send you a postcard AS WELL, because who doesn't love getting postcards?

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    A limited edition downloadable copy of the play text along with a pdf of performance photographs and an e-programme!

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    Pledge £25 or more About $31

    We'll start the £25 bracket off with an A4 SHOW POSTER, signed by all of the cast and crew. We'll also send you a collection of six show photograph, a thank you letter, a postcard AND your very own 'I'm backing Bruce' stickers. Use them wisely.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $62

    To thank you for your generous donation the Silk Road team would like to invite you to the play's LONDON PREVIEW at the end of July. See the fruits of your labour, so to speak. Once there all £50 backers will be able to take part in a SPECIAL EVENT, specifically for this bracket. You won't miss out on the postcard, thank you letter or shout out either mind you, we'll make sure of that.

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    Pledge £100 or more About $125

    Want a PRIVATE AUDIENCE with one the people behind Silk Road? Well for 100 of your best english pounds we can arrange for you to meet with your choice of team member. AND we'll still invite you to the preview where you will be able to collect your 'Backing Bruce Box', complete with stickers, badges, show photographs and a few surprises. Not only that but you will be the proud owner of a hand knitted teacosy made by Bruce's nan! (cocaine not included)

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    Pledge £500 or more About $623

    Wow. Just wow. You my friend are generosity personified. And for this amount we will invite you to our exclusive PRODUCERS DINNER before the team head up to Edinburgh. We would love the opportunity to meet and thank you personally for your backing and will also name you alongside Kevin Spacey as an OFFICIAL SPONSOR in our programme, on our website and in any other media output we have. At dinner you will receive an A3 giclee print of the original artwork for the show signed by the designer, AS WELL AS an album of ten show photographs. All of this AND not one but two tickets to the London preview? You bet.

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,246

    For this incredible sum you will have helped fund a TENTH of the whole Silk Road budget, and for that we cannot thank you enough. And yet, we will endeavour to try to. NOT ONLY will you be invited to the Producers Dinner and receive not one, not two, not three but four tickets to the London preview, but you will be a NAMED PRODUCER of the production. You will be invited to certain rehearsals and production meetings AS WELL AS receiving all of the goodies mentioned above. Wear your 'I'm backing Bruce' badge with pride.

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