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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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