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With rigour and raw emotional intensity, Craft delves the depths of the human soul and the torments of hell in search of salvation.
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8 January- 1st February 2015

The Rag Factory, London 

In January 2015 at a warehouse venue just off Brick Lane in the heart of London. Dark, chilling, vulnerable, athletic, and romantic, Craft Theatre Company presents a truly original theatrical experience. A powerhouse of emotional authenticity with the power to provoke audiences and inspire catharsis. 

Inspired by Dante Alighieri's classic 13th century text, Craft's modern telling guides audiences through a raw exploration of the universal "circles of hell" we discover hidden within the human conscience. Through movement, improvisation and frightening lift work, Craft's actors push their bodies with intense athleticism while revealing the deepest parts of their souls through the timeless tale of Dante's journey towards salvation.

About Craft 

"What we have here is a no frills, raw and crude production. And yet this is its very strength...The cast throw everything at this piece. It is invigorating, liberating and teeming with vitality. They are magnificent." - Bargain Theatre (A Question of Consent), 2014

Debuting with A Question of Consent in 2014, Craft is a new kind of theatre company. We are a group of up and coming, rigorous young professionals from all over the world. We use exhaustion, and cognitive neuroscience to inform our practice, as well as findings from Boal, Stanislavsky, Barba, Grotowski, and Staniewski. We believe in grassroots performances that challenges artist and spectator. Craft Theatre is building a very powerful force of creative energy. We believe that is rare. We believe that it is important. 

To find out more about our work, read our Kickstarter bio or check out our website. 

How You Can Help

The way that we work is intense, and as a company we value paying everyone involved a fair working wage. With a pending Arts Council application and sponsorship interest building, it's important for us to show that we have secured a base of initial "expected funding" to meet our fundraising target. That's where you come in!

If you are as excited as we are about the prospect of building young artists careers, creating a space for actors to practice their craft, and engaging audiences with risk-taking honest theatre, then Dante's Inferno is the project to get behind. With funding for rehearsal and performance space already raised, every bit of your help goes towards paying the company, marketing our show, and making it look amazing. 

Obviously, £5000 is only a first step in the right direction, so any funds we make over our Kickstarter target mean we need less support from other places. In other words, we can stop asking for money and focus all of our efforts on the work we are doing in the rehearsal space.

What You Get

We don't like the idea of you giving us something for nothing, so we're doing our fundraising campaign a little bit differently. Starting at the £25 level we are giving every donor a ticket to see our show! So if you would come to see us perform anyway, this is a great way to buy a ticket early with added perks like your name in the program or a super cool limited edition screen printed poster from the show! 

For top donors we're giving away amazing experiences, from one on one actor training to dinner with one of our incredible company members! 

Kan Bonfils in Starwars: The Phantom Menace
Kan Bonfils in Starwars: The Phantom Menace

Every donation makes a huge difference to us, so even if it's £5 or sharing our link on your Facebook wall, thank you so much for helping to make Dante's Inferno happen! Did we mention you rock?

Thanks, everyone. 

The Company

Iulia Bene
Iulia Bene

Iulia is an experimental theatre performer and solo artist inspired by a daring blend of dance, circus skills, and visual art. Directed by Paul Sarvadi in G.E.T.A., she had her first solo shows in galleries and theatres in 2004-2005 in Carei, Romania. Craft Theatre fans will recognise her from her lead role in our last show, A Question of Consent.  

Lucas John Mahoney
Lucas John Mahoney

Lucas is an artist with a background in Puppetry Theatre, German Expressionism, Victorian Magic, and French Horror.  This is his second show with Craft. 

Ryan Prescott
Ryan Prescott

Ryan graduated from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) in 2010. His film and TV credits include the award winning ITV Drama 'Marchlands,' as well as roles in 'Emmerdale', 'Doctors', and the recently released film 'Vampire Academy.'

Kan Bonfils
Kan Bonfils

Kan Bonfils is a postgraduate from Webber Douglas Academy of Performing Arts. He has worked extensively in film, playing Jedi Master, Saesee Tiin (Starwars: The Phantom Menace) as well as roles in Skyfall, Batman Begins and Traveller. He has played in West End productions of Miss Saigon and The King and I

Thomas Thoroe
Thomas Thoroe

Thomas Thoroe trained at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. His theatre credits include: Cardineo in Cardineo (Aporia Theatre at RSC’s Dell), Barabbas in Barrabas (Lord Stanley), Pope Gregory the 1st & Judas in The Magdalene Mysteries (Vocal Motion Elastic Theatre), Ensamble in Castor and Pollux (English National Opera.)

Maria Swisher
Maria Swisher

Maria is a graduate of the Liverpool Institute for Peforming Arts, an actor, writer and theatre-maker. Her first play, The Last Eden, was produced with support from the Arts Council England under co-founded Dirt (contained) Theatre Company. Her short play, The Trip, was shortlisted this year for the John Petherbridge Award for New Writing. 

Kris Saddler
Kris Saddler

Kris graduated from the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. His TV credits include 'Not going out', 'The Hour', 'The Night Watch,' and 'Painkiller.'  As a writer, Kris recently got a creditable mention from the Soho Short Film Festival for his silent film, Transcience.  

Artistic Director- Rocky Rodriguez Jr.
Artistic Director- Rocky Rodriguez Jr.

Craft Theatre's founder, artistic director, and practice based research facilitator. Rocky has spent the last 5 years developing Craft Theatre's training regime and devising practice. He is the 'resident artist' at The Rag Factory where he works with Craft. 

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Incidentally, are you a business interested in supporting us on a bigger level? Get in contact and we'll send you a sponsorship proposal with loads of exciting ways to get involved.

 info@craft-theatre.com

Risks and challenges

The bottom line is: this show is going to happen. We have done the hard work of raising money for our rehearsal space and venue. Luckily, our work isn't about elaborate sets and costumes. We've got all the right people on board who are passionate about what they do and are thrilled to give their time and talent. For a young company working in a fringe venue, it is a big commitment to pay your actors Equity rates, but that is our goal. We think it's a positive risk. Of course, we are realistic too.

It's possible that other sponsorship and trust funding falls through, which will mean a harder push for the company to raise money in the coming months. But with or without pay, we'll be performing four nights a week this January because we believe in what we're doing.

Thanks for helping us get there.

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    THE FIRST CIRCLE.
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    THE SECOND CIRCLE.

    Everything from the First Circle.
    PLUS: A hand written Dante's Inferno post card from the company. (Blood sweat and tears optional.)

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    THE THIRD CIRCLE.

    Everything from the Second Circle.

    PLUS: A ticket to Dante's Inferno! And your name as a supporter in our program.

    -OR- Can't make the show? Never fear. We'll send you a limited edition Dante's Inferno screen printed poster, hand made in East London, and a free HD download of Dante. And of course your name still goes in the program!

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    THE FOURTH CIRCLE.

    The works: Ticket to Dante. HD download of the performance to watch again and again. Limited edition poster. Postcard, name in the program...thanks, eternal love. Did we mention you rock?

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    THE FIFTH CIRCLE.

    Everything from the Fourth Circle. PLUS: VIP ticket upgrade. An invitation to our press night launch party with a chance to meet company member and up and coming actor Chris Mason (Chris trains with us when he's not shooting his upcoming film, Legend, alongside Tom Hardy. Go Chris!) You'll be rubbing elbows with actors and industry guests who have worked with the RSC, and the ENO and on films like The Phantom Menace and Batman Begins, so dress to impress! ;)

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    THE SIXTH CIRCLE.

    Everything from the Fifth Circle. PLUS, your name as a supporter in the credits of the Dante's Inferno making of documentary! PLUS an invitation to observe a Craft session in action! -OR- Explore our methods first hand (or work on whatever you like) during an hour long solo training session with Craft Theatre's founder, artistic director, and practice based research facilitator, Rocky Rodriguez Jr.

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    THE SEVENTH CIRCLE.

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    THE EIGHTH CIRCLE. Everything from the Fifth Circle. PLUS: Enjoy dinner with a Craft company member of your choice and a signed one of a kind artefact! Choose from our very own Kan Bonfils (including a signed poster of Kan playing Jedimaster Saesee Tiin in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace) or Ryan Prescott (signed poster from Ry's latest film, Vampire Academy). We have a great restaurant in mind...but we don't want to ruin the surprise.

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    THE TENTH CIRCLE. The Ultimate Backstage Pass. Along with everything from the Fifth Circle (x4), you and three guests watch the show like no one else, joining us pre-show through our unique rehearsal build up, warm-up and pre-show ritual. Watch the show with VIP tickets. Then you and your entourage join the company afterwards for a post show drink and chat about theatre at our local. Group hug!

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