Hello! Thanks so much for taking the time to visit our Kickstarter page and watching our video for The Eulogy of Toby Peach.
We're delighted to give you a little taster of this exciting and important show and we've included lots information below about what its all about, Toby and the creative team involved, the challenges and unique opportunities making this show presents, why we're seeking necessary support and what it will go towards, plus the ways in which we hope to involve you in the show's development and future.
So what's this all about then?
Toby is delivering his eulogy. Join him as he enters the (not so) exclusive Cancer Club: sample chemotherapy cocktails, select the perfect funeral playlist and marvel at Willy Wonka’s life- saving stem cell machine. From diagnosis to remission, relapse and treatment: experience a young man’s journey with cancer in this honest and inspiring exploration of modern science and the human body, discovery of self-mortality and celebration of life!
Winner of the IdeasTap Underbelly Award 2015, The Eulogy of Toby Peach started life as a short story performed at Battersea Arts Centre, and has subsequently gained developmental support from Old Vic New Voices, Rich Mix, Lymphoma and Leukaemia Research and Anthony Nolan.
One in two of us will experience cancer first-hand and now Toby's bringing this universal issue to the stage, in the hope of making a difficult subject accessible to a wide audience and to help others who are affected by the disease, directly or indirectly. The Eulogy of Toby Peach is the true story of his journey with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes that he faced at the age of 19 and again at 21.
The Eulogy of Toby Peach, Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015, 06-30 August, 2.50pm
Why am I making this show?
THE EULOGY OF TOBY PEACH is a story of hope, celebration and humanity. It follows my journey with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, from diagnosis at 19 to remission, to relapse and to learning my mortality. It is a first-hand account of facing cancer at a young age, but in a broader sense it explores what cancer actually is, the effects it has on the body, mind and those around us, and how we fight it – aspects I did not know or understand when diagnosed and throughout much of treatment.
Cancer is a tricky subject and one that I am taking very seriously in the development of this show, as I am aware it is a personal one to millions and no two stories will be exactly the same. I have been deeply researching the illness and have met with nurses and professors who have offered me their expert insight. I’ve also begun working with the Lymphoma and Leukemia Research Charity and Anthony Nolan to raise awareness about blood cancers and we hope that the show can engage audiences in a discussion on what the ‘C word’ we fear so much actually is.
I’m really excited about the show, after receiving some wonderful feedback so far from those who have read or seen it during its developmental stages and a standing ovation for my first work-in-progress at Plymouth Fringe Festival. Solo work is a first for me and I’m very pleased to have a fantastic team of established and emerging Creatives supporting me in the development of my Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut.
One of the key areas that the financial support I am seeking will go towards is to cover the fees of those who are working tirelessly to ensure The Eulogy of Toby Peach is an engaging and enthralling show, realised to its full potential.
Why are we going to Edinburgh?
In the longer term, I am committed to reaching as many people as I can with this show and we’re aiming ultimately to take it beyond Edinburgh to enable this, hopefully both nationally and internationally. Realising the show to its full potential at the Edinburgh Festival is an integral part of this journey. It is the biggest and most exciting arts festival in the world, a fantastic opportunity and an essential showcasing platform for the engagement of industry professionals, venues and audiences alike.
Why do we need your support?
We are in need of support to help us raise £4000 of outstanding production costs for development of the show and its month-long run at the Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh Festival 2015.
What's in it for you?
In recognition of any contribution you are able to make, we have developed a series of pledge rewards that reflect the unique nature of the show and our immense gratitude! Rewards range from free tickets and lemon sherbets to one-on-one or group autobiographical theatre devising or directing workshops with Toby and much more, because we're determined to recognise and celebrate your generosity and build a creative community around the show.
What will your support go towards?
The cost of developing this show and taking it to Edinburgh for a one month run at the Iron Belly, Underbelly Cowgate is £14,000. The Eulogy of Toby Peach has been lucky enough to be awarded a commission from IdeasTap through the IdeasTap Underbelly Award 2015. With these funds, box office takings and additional in-kind support we are able to cover costs including our Edinburgh venue deposit, brochure entry, actor and director rehearsal fees, PR, rehearsal space hire, poster and flyer graphic design and transport to and from Edinburgh.
However, we are left with an outstanding production cost total of £4000, to raise over a short space of time!
Below is a taster of what your generosity will make possible and directly support:
- Paying a fee to the brilliant production, design and creative team without whom this show could not be made
- Marketing and promotion - a comprehensive and unique marketing campaign, including the production, print and distribution of posters and flyers to cement the show's presence at the Edinburgh Festival, is essential to get the right information in the right hands, in the right way and build our audience.
- Building the set, costumes, props and technical equipment hire (including a projector, integral to the show's design)
- Accommodation - a place for Toby and the team to stay for a month during the most expensive time for rent in Edinburgh's calendar.
- Insurance to cover Toby, the team and the general public, and other such overheads
Who is Toby Peach?
Toby is a theatre maker who is currently the BBC Performing Arts Fellow in Community Theatre at The Old Vic. Toby trained in Community Theatre at East 15 and has subsequently worked with a range of companies to develop his practice. He has worked extensively with interactive theatre-makers, Coney, where he is Associate Artist. He has created work for BAC, The Roundhouse, The Bush Theatre, The Roald Dahl Museum and has worked nationally and internationally with the National Youth Theatre.
Toby is also a cancer survivor, currently 4 years in remission. This year he has decided to talk about the experiences through an original theatre show, to raise awareness about a disease that is now sadly expected to affect 1 in 2 of us. Toby’s story is one of hope, celebration and humanity. It is an honest, first-hand account of facing cancer at a young age, but in a broader sense it explores what cancer actually is, the effects it has on the body, mind and those around us, and how we fight it.
- Written and performed by Toby Peach
- Directed by and additional content by David Jackson
- Produced by Rosalyn Newbery
- Designed by Kirsty Harris
- Sound Design by David Ridley
- Lighting Design by Douglas Green
- PR by Chloe Nelkin Consulting
The lovely people who have helped get us this far....
HUGE thanks to BAC, Centre for Solo Performance, Francesco Dazzi, IdeasTap, Underbelly, Rachel Tyson, Lymphoma and Leukemia Research, Old Vic New Voices, Plymouth Fringe Festival, Rich Mix and everyone who's helped us get The Eulogy of Toby Peach this far...
Our sincere thanks for any support you are able to offer. This is both a personal and universally important project, which we hope will move, educate, entertain and offer hope and understanding to many. Your contributions are invaluable and we can't wait to make you part of it.
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Risks and challenges
Developing an original, new writing show and taking it to Edinburgh is no easy task. From creating, designing and previewing to getting there, performing among hoards of others, drawing in audiences, gaining top reviews and most importantly putting on an entertaining and enthralling show, the risks and challenges are plentiful. With minimal funds they are even greater.
Perhaps most importantly, the greatest challenge of all for The Eulogy of Toby Peach is ensuring the responsible handling of a sensitive subject matter every step of the way - both in terms of its personal and universal resonance, as Cancer is a disease that will affect 1 in 2 of us, be it directly or indirectly. Cancer is a tricky theme and one that I am taking very seriously in the development of this show, as I am aware it is a personal one to millions and no two stories will be exactly the same.
I have been deeply researching the illness and have met with nurses and professors who have offered me their expert insight. I’ve also begun working with the Lymphoma and Leukemia Research Charity and Anthony Nolan to raise awareness about blood cancers and we hope that the show can engage audiences in a discussion on what the ‘C word’ we fear so much actually is.
Artistically, I am fortunate to be working with a hugely driven and able creative team, all of whom are committed to realising the show to its full potential, to supporting me practically and emotionally throughout the process and to making the production as successful as it can be. We will continue to face and manage all challenges presented together, through careful planning and a can-do attitude.
The Eulogy of Toby Peach is winner of the IdeasTap Underbelly Award 2015 affording us added top industry support and mentorship through both parties. The show has also received developmental support from Old Vic New Voices, the BAC and Rich Mix among other theatre bodies. Therefore we are fortunate enough to be working with and have access to the consultation and advisory support of a whole host of well established, experienced and highly respected individuals and organisations all of whom remain invaluable in helping us to face and overcome the various challenges presented during the show's development process.
Thank you very much again for taking the time to look at our page and for your fantastic support in helping us reach our goal. We look forward to seeing many of you in Edinburgh and beyond!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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