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Help us bring to life tales of hardship, danger and community of extraordinary women working in WW1 munitions factories.
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What’s it all about?

From July to September 2015, new theatre company, Fun in the Oven will research and develop a new piece of theatre for family audiences, ‘The Munitionettes', and we need your help to realise some of the design aspects of the show.

The piece will explore physical theatre disciplines as tools for sharing the stories of the women who worked in the munitions factories during WW1. It will incorporate elements of clown, bouffon, physical theatre, cabaret and live music, as it navigates the surreal and absurd world of a munitions factory. 

Presented through the unique perspectives of female munitions workers of the North East, we feel inspired to share the hardship, danger and community spirit that mark this historical era as truly extraordinary. The First World War Centenary Commemorations offer a timely and potent opportunity to present these stories afresh to audiences of all ages.

Fun in the Oven will work with North East arts venues, archives and members of the public during a period of in-depth research into the lives of the British women who were employed in Munitions factories in the North East of England during the First World War.

An excellent artistic team will join the company to help with this phase of creation, including; the Artistic Director of Wet Picnic, Matt Feerick; designer Kelly Jago; costume designer Rosie Bristow; expert in clown and audience interaction, Karen Bell, improv genius, Bev Fox and PhD candidate at Newcastle University on the subject on munitions workers during the First World War, Tracy Gillman.

The development will also be supported by North East venues; Customs House; Alphabetti; Dancecity; The Mining Institute and Headway Arts.

Why do we need your support?

We need you to help us achieve our vision to create a piece of theatre that will blow people away...literally. The project still needs to raise £1000 for the production design and costumes for the show.

What's in it for you?

In recognition of any contribution you are able to make, we are offering special rewards that reflect the creative playfulness of the company and our immense gratitude. We are determined to recognise and celebrate your generosity, and to build a creative community around the show. As such we’ll keep you updated with the progress of the project and more opportunities to be involved. We’re in it for the long-haul with this one!

What will your support go towards?

We have support and funding to develop the work and pay our team of artistic geniuses. However we have a shortfall that needs to be raised to cover the material costs of a set, costumes, props, sound, light and special effects. 

Below is a taster of what your generosity will make possible and directly support:  

  • Building a set that is small, transportable and able to transform at various points in the show
  • Costumes that reflect the time with aspects that might be able to transform, be reversible or have "magic" capabilities
  • Props and technical requirements – including sound playing capabilities
  • Investigation into different ways of creating safe but spectacular explosions

With your support we can create a stunning visual world and backdrop for the stories of the Munitionettes.

Meet the Company

Robyn Hambrook is a performance artist, director and producer with fifteen years expertise in street arts and outdoor theatre. Robyn has worked internationally and developed site specific, interactive, street theatre for: Kelburn Productions; Knockengorroch Festival; The Alnwick Garden; and, the Edinburgh International Science Festival. Robyn has a BA and a Diploma in Physical Theatre Practice.  

Katie is an actor-musician, theatre maker and community artist working across the UK. Most recently, she has been working with Duffel Films, Skimstone Arts, Theatre Sans Frontieres, The Georgian Theatre Royal & Tell Tale Hearts. With a first class degree in Drama from Exeter University, Katie continues to work and train with physical theatre teachers such as Jose Piris, Philippe Gaulier and Gerry Flanagan. Her favourite instrument is the ukulele and she has a naughty black cat called Precious. 

Contemporary dance and theatre artist Alys North has a BA in Choreography at Dartington College of Arts. She has an eclectic mix of skills: from Indian classical dance techniques, Khatak and Bharatanatyam to puppetry to clowning and stilt walking.  

Patricia Verity Suarez graduated from the MA (Hons) Theatre Studies program at the University of Glasgow. She is currently studying an MA in Movement Teaching and Directing, at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Patricia has a passion for dance, physical theatre and site specific performance. She has worked across the North East, Scotland as well as in South Africa.

Risks and challenges

Developing an original show comes with many risks and challenges. In the early stages there are many unknowns; we aren’t even sure how the piece will look yet. But as we’ve explored these incredible stories of hardship, danger and comradery for the Munitionettes we are convinced that they will provide a potent starting place for making a great piece of theatre that audiences will love.

We have an incredible artistic team in place and the on going support of local organisations in the North East encourages us as we endeavour to be recognised as a new talented, female company and a flagship company for physical theatre in the North East.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $6

    Thank you for stepping up and doing your bit for the greater good! We will post you one of our bespoke postcards. We will also "shout out" your name at any opportunity both online and in the real world.

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    Sponsor a button to fasten up the overalls to keep our actors decent and ensure costumes stay intact. And receive a lovely postcard from the Company.
    Thank you for doing your bit for King & Country! Yaroo!

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    Pledge £25 or more About $32

    What an absolute brick! You've sponsored safety gear - goggles, gloves and overalls. This was a luxury not afforded the real Munitionettes who worked under harsh conditions mixing toxic chemicals and suffering effects such as fainting spells or even their skin turning yellow! You'll also receive a charming postcard from the Company.
    We knew we could rely on you come hell or high water!

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    Pledge £50 or more About $63

    Well, slap me round the face and call me Susan! You can suggest ANY line of dialogue (keep it clean please its a family show) and we will incorporate it into the show.
    The company will perform it, film it and email it to you. And you'll receive a smashing postcard from the Company.

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    Pledge £100 or more About $126

    BOOM WHIZZ BANG you've only gone and sponsored an explosion! We’ll create and dedicate a Munitionettes style explosion, film it and email it to you. And receive an absolutely, exquisite postcard from the Company.

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