This project's funding goal was not reached on April 28, 2013.
About this project
Hi, friends! We're the people behind Transfer Theatre Company.
The first Crowdfunded Theatre Company in Northern Ireland
Our project is about bringing new theatre, better theatre, different theatre, to the city of Belfast. And we need your help!
Project Chairman Roger Dane has been on the Belfast theatre scene for over a decade, bringing his own brand of jovial skill and irreverent humour to over thirty productions in the city to date.
Roger's dream (now nearly a reality), Transfer Theatre Company is named for its goal of transferring the best of international theatre to Belfast, a city with a great geographic disadvantage when it comes to theatre. The cost of bringing shows from mainland UK across the Irish Sea ensures that only a few make it each year, and their production and ticket costs are very high.
Focusing instead on producing intimate experiences in small, iconic spaces in Belfast, Transfer Theatre Company's unique approach to theatre will make it possible to bring highly regarded shows to Belfast that would not have come to the city otherwise. This will include, over the next five years, plays by emerging or younger talents, and plays by distinguished new writers from outside of Ireland, England and America that tend not to make it to the Belfast stage.
Our inaugural 2013 season will feature plays by acclaimed young writers Polly Stenham (That Face, April 2013) and Jez Butterworth (Parlour Song, June 2013). Both of these multi-award winning plays explore the dark humour within dysfunctional family relationships.
Your amazing and generous contributions will fund our first season, and will cover the costs of
- rehearsal space
- lighting and sound equipment and staff
- production rights
By supporting Transfer, you'll be a part of the history of the first crowdfunded theatre company in Northern Ireland ... along with getting some pretty cool stuff. :)
Risks and challenges
We passionately believe in this project and have committed wholeheartedly to it. If difficulties do arise then the extensive contacts built up by the production team will allow options for alternative strategies to be found.
Having said that, every play runs the risk of not finding an audience. To avoid that we are working with an experienced marketing and publicity agent. Our connections within the Northern Irish theatrical scene make backing this project much less risky than it otherwise might be.
The show must (and will) go on!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We will be appearing on BBC Arts Extra on Tuesday 09/04/2013. We have been asked to talk about Kickstarter, crowdfunding and That Face.
The programme will be broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster at 6:30pm.
Tickets for the first production, 'That Face' by Polly Stenham, are now available via the Eventbrite ticketing system.
- (30 days)