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A bisexual Bridget Jones for the online generation, this tragicomic one-woman play heads to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer.
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Hello! My name is Sadie and I'm an actor, writer and comedy improviser. I make work inspired by personal experiences and my feelings about the world, to make audiences laugh, think and hopefully feel a little less alone. 

What am I raising money for?

I am raising money to take my first full-length play, Algorithms: a bisexual Bridget Jones for the online generation, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August. The show follows Brooke, the algorithm writer for an online dating site, as she searches for love, happiness and connection in a world defined more and more by online interactions. At its heart it asks: why do we feel so lonely when connecting with others is meant to be easier than it's ever been?

Image by Ali Wright & Artwork by Katie Gabriel Allen
Image by Ali Wright & Artwork by Katie Gabriel Allen

Why this project?

Social Media & Mental Health

I began developing the play after thinking about the negative impact social media was having on my mental health. Known as the ‘compare and despair’ phenomenon, I was getting caught up in a curated online world of filtered Instagram posts and Facebook statuses, thinking that everyone else’s lives were much more fun, sorted and happy. Despite having hundreds of online friends and followers I was feeling increasingly lonely and isolated.  I wanted to explore those feelings in a story, and thus Algorithms began. 

An extract of the Algorithms script
An extract of the Algorithms script

Bisexuality & Bivisibility 

It was clear to me Brooke (the protagonist) needed to be bisexual. I felt strongly that had I seen more bisexual characters in pop culture growing up I would have realised I was bi much earlier in life. We rarely see openly bi characters on stage or screen, yet bisexuals make up the majority of the Lesbian-Gay-Bi community. So why are we still regarded as the ‘invisible minority’? 

Bi-erasure (questioning the legitimacy of bisexuality) is still a problem. When writing Algorithms I wanted to put a bisexual character centre stage without the associated harmful stereotypes and myths (that we’re greedy, unfaithful, confused, that it’s just a phase or ‘a layover to Gaytown’). I wanted to create a bisexual character whose sexuality was in fact pretty incidental to the story - a ‘universal’ character whose story lay in the complicated business of simply being a human.

Writer/performer Sadie sitting on the bi flag at Pride London 2018
Writer/performer Sadie sitting on the bi flag at Pride London 2018

Women in Tech

Having a degree in Natural Science I've always had an interest in the scientific, the logical, the mathematical... I've also had *a lot* of first-hand experience online dating. I began to research the maths and science behind matched-based dating apps and thus Brooke 'the algorithm writer for an online dating site' was born. But the number of women working in tech is actually pretty tiny (just 17% in the UK). Groups like Code First Girls, GeekGirl MeetUp & Women in Tech are just some of the organisations working to try to encourage more women into STEM. Representation matters and I'd love to think young women seeing the show might be encouraged to give coding a go as a result of our heroine Brooke. 

Some of the books about online dating, maths & love that Sadie read whilst researching the play
Some of the books about online dating, maths & love that Sadie read whilst researching the play

Who is Brooke?

Brooke is our fun, goofy and lovably hapless heroine. Although she has a degree in Computer Science she is also a hopeless romantic at heart. Obsessed with finding love like in the Rom-Coms she grew up watching, she's never bothered with the science of online dating, but when her girlfriend dumps her shortly before her 30th birthday she decides it’s finally time to give the ‘scientific’ approach a chance. Using her inside knowledge on how to create a successful dating profile she embarks on a series of (unfortunate) dates... soon Brooke's questioning where she went wrong, because she followed the rules didn’t she? 

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The Journey So Far

I started writing the play on the Soho Theatre Writers' Lab in 2017 and it was longlisted for their Tony Craze Writing Award in October 2018. Shortly after, Soho Theatre programmed a work in progress performance of it as part of their 'Soho Rising Festival' which showcases some of the best emerging talent from their Young Company. Algorithms sold out so quickly that a second performance was added, which sold out within 24 hours! Off the back of this success we were offered a slot to perform the fully developed show at The Pleasance Courtyard as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2019.  

What now?

Over the next two months I will be redeveloping the script with support from women working in tech to add authenticity to the protagonist's voice. The play will also be performed in Peterborough, Norwich and London, with the chance to gather audience feedback and improve the show further. 

In late July we will travel to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival providing us with the opportunity to gather reviews, build industry connections and invite programmers to consider the production for a UK tour and London run in 2020. Our time in Edinburgh will also give production companies interested in developing the show for TV the chance to see the work live. 

Pleasance Courtyard, our venue in Edinburgh
Pleasance Courtyard, our venue in Edinburgh

How will we use the funds raised? 

We are lucky enough to have been awarded arts funding for a period of further research and development of the piece in June & July which means we can definitely pay our creative team for their work. The funds raised through this kickstarter will cover Edinburgh specific costs which cannot be covered by the arts funding:

  • Fringe Registration Fee
  • Venue Fees
  • PR & Marketing 
  • Travel to Edinburgh
  • Transporting the set to Edinburgh
  • Accommodation in Edinburgh for the duration of the festival
  • Lighting & sound equipment hire

Thank you for considering donating... do check out the rewards on offer!

We'd love to see you at one of the shows too!

29th June 6PM - The Undercroft, Peterborough - BOOK HERE

12th July 7PM - Old Red Lion, London - BOOK HERE

18th July 7:30PM - Omnibus Theatre, London - BOOK HERE

25th July 7:30PM - Norwich Puppet Theatre 

31st July - 26th August 12:45PM - Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh - BOOK HERE

 Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. 

 Want to know more about me? Head to www.sadieclark.co.uk  

Want to know more about the creative team?

I found the best people for the job and they just happened to be 100% female and over 70% Queer!

  • DIRECTOR: Madelaine Moore
  • DRAMATURG: Jules Haworth
  • PRODUCER: Laura Elmes Productions
  • LIGHTING DESIGNER: Jennifer Rose
  • SOUND DESIGNER: Nicola Chang
  • STAGE MANAGER/OPERATOR: Josie Shipp
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Risks and challenges

The show is currently in a really good place artistically, with support from a number of partner organisations in developing it further and four preview performances confirmed. The artists' fees involved in making this show are already covered so our fantastic team are 100% committed to making this show the best it can be. On top of that we've got our Edinburgh venue locked down, our accommodation booked and a solid marketing plan in place.

The biggest risk with Edinburgh will be that the show doesn't sell as well as we'd hoped. Laura, the project producer has had 4 years experience taking shows to the Edinburgh Fringe and managing budgets. To minimise the risk of not being able to cover all our costs we've erred on the side of caution, estimating Box Office income from ticket sales at the lower end of the scale.

If we do happen to sell better than estimated any profit after Edinburgh will be invested into the future life of the show, taking it on tour and booking a London run in 2020.

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    Don’t Want No Scrubs

    When she’s feeling down, whether the cause is heartbreak or her demanding boss, Brooke’s fix all cure is a boogie and she’s got a banging ‘Be Yourself’ Spotify playlist she’ll share with you to chase those blues away.

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    Dating Around

    Brooke knows how repetitive drinks in the same bar can get, and she loves doing a bit of research and compiling it into one spreadsheet. She’ll share her top five date ideas with you so that you don’t have to do the leg-work next time.

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    Going Steady

    We can see you’re serious about us… so serious it might be time to see us in action! We’ll give you two tickets to one of our performances in either Peterborough (29th June), London (12th & 18th July), Norwich (25th July) or Edinburgh (31st July - 26th Aug).

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    Makeover Mates

    Just like the best friend who gives a 'makeover' in those American rom-coms, only we won’t try to make you lose your glasses. Brooke will give your online dating profile a once over, and fill you in on all her top online dating profile tips. (+2 tickets to one of the Algorithms shows)

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    In this world of increasingly online interaction we’re taking it old school and promise to send you personalised, handwritten postcard updates from our four show locations: Peterborough, Norwich, London & Edinburgh.

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    Love Birds

    Like the lark and the nightingale Brooke loves a good sing song. To show our thanks she’ll record herself singing one of her favourite Karaoke classics, with a personalised touch just for you! (+2 tickets to one of the Algorithms shows)

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    One True Love

    You’ve gone above and beyond to help us reach our goal and that’s true love so we’ll send you and a loved one on Brooke’s dream date night (Date will be organised in London, travel & accommodation not provided). (+2 tickets to one of the Algorithms shows)

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