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Charting the big stuff in life from dance routines to coming out; exploring homophobia, family, friendship & finding your own voice.
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We're really excited to announce that because we have raised £227 over our target, we are hoping to raise another £73 to make an additional video educational resource.

We only have 24 hours to do it!

"Together in Electric Dreams"... 

Support and join Art with Heart to reach hundreds of people aged 14+ with their honest coming of age tale, Secret Diaries.

Coming out is scary and doesn’t always turn out the way we expect it to, but whatever happens, it’s important to feel loved and supported.

Secret Diaries was born out of a need for honest conversations around issues of homophobia, helping people to feel comfortable in their own skin. We will explore this through a Play, Question and Answer sessions, Education Pack, Workshops for young people and Teacher Training days.

We all know what it’s like to feel that you don’t fit in, (and we don’t just mean because of your sexuality). Nobody wants to be tolerated, we all deserve to be loved, respected and accepted.

Our national tour is booked (Feb 2015-April 2015) and we have had some funding but there are holes in the budget, and we want to fill them with you and your support. We want to build a passionate, supportive, fabulous team of people through our crowdfunding campaign. We’re not just after your money, we want YOU!

"I want to break free"

To start a conversation about equality, you need everyone around the table. We’ve created two versions of the play, one for the general public and then a focused youth version for 14-19 year olds. With your support we will deliver:

  • Up to 22 performances for 12 venues for up to 2,024 audience members aged 14-114
  • Post-performance educational workshops to open dialogues between young people, their peers and adults
  • Deliver FREE teacher training days in Manchester and London to help teachers and youth leaders create a safe and inclusive environment for LGBT young people
  • Provide at least one hardcopy of our FREE education pack to every school and youth group who see Secret Diaries
  • Provide discounted, and some free tickets for young people
  • Provide a British Sign Language interpreter at each venue we visit on tour 

Secret Diaries is the story (inspired by real life events) of Hayley, a young lesbian growing up in the 80s and 90s. Spanning from 1985 to present day, we see Hayley, her Dad and best friend Debbie deal with family, friendships, coming out, finding your own voice and feeling comfortable in your own skin. Click here for the play synopsis.

"We're gonna party like it's 1999"

We want to throw some serious shapes with you! Whatever you pledge we want to be able to say thank you in person at our crowdfunding pledgers party. However, due to venue capacity some invites are guaranteed, some are numbers dependent. We’ll send out party invites and try and squeeze you all in.

"Chain Reaction"  

Remember when you spent hours writing chain letters and finding snail mail stamps? Sharing our campaign is MUCH easier! Please help by sharing on Facebook, Twitter, by email, or posting (Sarah's Mum has already told us that's how she's doing it!) to help us get the word out. If we exceed our target we can tour to more venues, which would be incredible! Twitter: @artwith_heart Facebook: /weareartwithheart Hashtag: #secretdiaries

"Come as you are" (and we will too!) 

Art with Heart is a not-for-profit arts organisation based in Manchester. We’re a community of artists with a focus on encouraging women and young people in the arts and connecting with a diverse range of communities. For more information: Theatre, exhibitions, work with young people and general stuff about us.

Image credits: Main image by Nathan McDowell. Production images by Sam Ryley.

Risks and challenges

There'll be no "Risky Business" 'round here!

PLEASE NOTE: Our crowdfunding party is on 20th November in Manchester City Centre. This date is BEFORE the campaign ends, so only people who pledge by the 19th November will be able to come!

This is our first national tour, so we've got some supportive friends involved: New Wolsey Theatre, The Lowry, Contact, LGBT Youth North West, Educate and Celebrate and Genie Networks will be with us as we pull those stabilisers off and get riding around the country! (Don’t worry, we’re hiring a van, we’re not expecting the team to carry everything on bikes!)

We've had some funding from Arts Council England, The Equity Foundation and The Granada Foundation, but we need a fourth funder; you! If we don’t reach our target, we will have to cut back on how many venues we can go to.

We want this tour to reach as many people as physically and financially possible and we will make every penny count. We want every audience member to have a valuable, high quality experience.

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    THE ROBOT: Thank you on the website* and thank you digital image. An invite to our crowdfunding party in Manchester on 20th November (numbers dependent). (*You can choose to be anonymous)

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    HIGH KICK: A behind the scenes tour video, thank you video (comedy dancing as standard!) and thank you on the website and social media.* (*Can be anonymous)

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    KNEE SLIDE: A pack of exclusive Secret Diaries postcards with our favourite quotes from the play. The thank you list in £10 pledge. An invite to our crowdfunding party (numbers dependent).

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    KRISS KROSS JUMP: An 80s/90s treat from our props treasure chest. The thank you list in £10 pledge. An invite to our crowdfunding party (numbers dependent).

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    THE SPRINKLER: 80s/90s treat from our props treasure chest and a pack of our exclusive Secret Diaries postcards with our favourite quotes from the play. The thank you list in £10 pledge. A guaranteed invite to our crowdfunding party in Manchester on 20th November.

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    HAMMERTIME: 80s/90s goodies pack from our props treasure chest, one-off polaroid of the cast, personalised handwritten thank you note and a pack of our exclusive Secret Diaries postcards. The thank you list in £10 pledge. A guaranteed invite to our crowdfunding party.

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    Pledge £75 or more About US$ 97

    TRUFFLE SHUFFLE: 80s/90s goodies pack from our props treasure chest, a Secret Diary of your own started off by the team with personal message and pack of our exclusive Secret Diaries postcards. The thank you list in £10 pledge. A guaranteed invite to our crowdfunding party.

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    POP N' LOCK: 80s/90s goodies pack from our props treasure chest and Skype/phone natter with Sarah Evans (writer and producer) and Rachel Moorhouse (director and producer). One-off Secret Diary of your own started off by the team with personal message and secret! A pack of our exclusive Secret Diaries postcards. The thank you list in £10 pledge and named thank you in our programme.* A guaranteed invite to our crowdfunding party. (*Can be anonymous)

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    MOONWALK: 80s/90s goodies pack from our props treasure chest, 2 tickets to a performance of Secret Diaries near you, Skype/phone natter with the team on tour, Secret Diary of your own started off by the team with personal message and secret, pack of our exclusive Secret Diaries postcards, the thank you list in £10 pledge and named thank you in our programme.* A guaranteed invite to our crowdfunding party.

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    VOGUE: 80s/90s goodies pack from our props treasure chest, sneeky peek in rehearsals for two people (weekday in Manchester - date and time TBC, no costs covered) and 2 tickets to a performance near you. One-off polaroid of the cast with personalised message, a pack of our exclusive Secret Diaries postcards, the thank you list in £10 pledge and named thank you in our programme.* A guaranteed invite to our crowdfunding party.

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    RUNNING MAN: 80s/90s goodies pack from our props treasure chest, 4 tickets to a performance of Secret Diaries near you, Skype/phone natter with the team on tour, one-off polaroid of the cast, Secret Diary of your own started off by the team with personal message and secret, pack of our exclusive Secret Diaries postcards, the thank you list in £10 pledge and named thank you in our programme.* A guaranteed invite to our crowdfunding party.

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    RAISE THE ROOF: 80s/90s goodies pack from our props treasure chest, 6 tickets to a performance of Secret Diaries near you with a drink and a chin wag with the team on the night. A Secret Diary which has been used in the play with bonus secrets from the team, a surprise for your dressing up box (or to get one started!) from our costume cupboard. One-off polaroid of the cast, pack of our exclusive Secret Diaries postcards, the thank you list in £10 pledge and named thank you in our programme.* A guaranteed invite to our crowdfunding party and more thank yous than you can shake a stick at!

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    HEAD-SPINNER: 80s/90s goodies pack from our props treasure chest, 2 places on our D/deaf awareness and basic BSL training session (in Old Trafford, 7th Dec 2.30-5.30pm, no travel included) with the team, Skype/phone natter with the team on tour and 4 tickets to a performance of Secret Diaries near you. A Secret Diary which has been used in the play with bonus secrets from the team, a pack of our exclusive Secret Diaries postcards, the thank you list in £10 pledge and named thank you in our programme.* A guaranteed invite to our crowdfunding party and more thank yous than you can shake a stick at!

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