What We're Doing
In February 2018 the Owle Schreame are returning to VAULT Festival, where last years production of DROLL won a People's Choice Award and played to sell out audiences. This year we bring not one, not two, but three productions with us - each strange, each chaotic, each wonderful.
"DROLL: The Humour of JOHN SWABBER" tells the story of of how in 1642 theatre became illegal in Britain, replaced with a bold, ridiculous new form of sketch performance called the Droll. "The MUMMERS" explores the traditions of Yuletide in England with a showcase of madcap, drunken 18th and 19th century wyrd Winter folk plays, and "Storyteller: LONDON" explores the twisted history and dark fairy tales of olde London town, in a blistering one man show of forgotten lore.
For more information on the productions, see our website here.
What We Need
Of course, this don't come cheap. All the work that the Owle Schreame does is entirely privately funded or volunteered, and every ounce of charity and goodwill that we can find along the way is gratefully relished.
Publicity is one of the core costs of mounting fringe theatre, and between online listings and print media is an inescapable inevitability. We'd like your help to cover this cost.
We need to raise £375 for the printing of flyers and posters for all three of our shows, our cast lists, and basic distribution (whilst covering the production of our perks and taking into account Kickstarter's cut). We're combining publicity for all three shows to reduce costs, and we need all the help we can get.
What You Get (The Book!)
This year, we're able to offer a special, limited edition, professional publication of all our VAULT 2018 Scripts in a single volume - this includes cast details, production information, and historical introductions for all three productions, as well as two Droll scripts from The Humour of John Swabber, four or five folk playscripts from The Mummers, and all the folktales featured in Storyteller: LONDON. A special section will feature the names of all contributors, and the thanks which we owe to them.
This will be the first time some of these scripts have ever been published, and may be the only chance in your lifetime to own a copy. They will contain full citations, exclusive historical and production details, and advice on further reading and research.
Also, we're offering show tickets, badges, posters, custom sketches and social media shout outs to further express our gratitude. For more details take a look in the right hand Perks column.
If We Get More
Any funds raised beyond our initial £375 will go back into the productions. For example: The next £175 raised could go to hiring a friendly photographer to document the shows, then onto improving them, then onto covering the venue hire fee, and once all production costs are covered any surplus will go to covering personal expenses for all involved.
£375 = publicity printing for all three shows
£550 = professional photography for all three shows
£650 = costume and props repairs
£700 = professional recording of Storyteller
£750 = a drink for all the cast
>£750 = venue hire, cast expenses
Risks and challenges
Though every project has to confront manifold risks and challenges, in our instance these have already been significantly reduced. Our team is an experience one, our productions *will* be going ahead at this years VAULT Festival, and what we need help with are the publicity specifically. The productions are all ready to go, and short of illness, arrest, or act of God the company will not be stopped from performing. The challenge lies in getting people to come and watch them.
The great risk will be small or non-existent audiences. We've successfully managed promotional campaigns for our shows at VAULT Festival 2017 and multiple Edinburgh Fringe Festivals now, and have recently invested in a new website and email newsletter. We are growing our audience and beginning to understand it as a community, and this crowdfunding publicity experiment is a part of that process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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