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Rehearsal & development of our first project as Axon Theatre: "The Star-Spangled Girl" in South Wales.
Rehearsal & development of our first project as Axon Theatre: "The Star-Spangled Girl" in South Wales.
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Axon Theatre is a new company based in South Wales, focussed on producing dramatic work of excellent quality, for the enjoyment of the community. Founded in 2015, by a team of passionate, working theatre professionals, our current emphasis is on presenting scripted work that has value in a sociopolitical context, combined with a level of escapist entertainment, to create a satisfying live experience.

An axon is the part of a nerve cell which conducts impulses - we are all about actors connecting on stage and being present in the moment.  The Star-Spangled Girl is a perfect first project for us, as with only three characters these connections can be deeply explored.

About the play:

One of Neil Simon's least produced plays, this three-hander is an hilarious farce, relentlessly energetic and wonderfully witty. Set in 1960s San Francisco, the play revolves around the desperate attempts of would-be revolutionary magazine editor Andy to reach his publication deadline, juggling mounting bills and angry creditors. When All-American Olympic swimmer Sophie Rauchmeyer moves in next door, Andy's best (and only) writer falls helplessly in love, rendering him completely useless and alarmingly obsessive. Unless Andy can get Sophie to return Norman's affections, both their magazine and their friendship face destruction.

The play raises real issues, such as the difficulty of a younger generation to get its voice heard whilst trying to survive in a world ruled by old principles. At the same time, it provokes an interesting insight into the Twitter generation's difficulty to maintain a unique voice in an ocean of mass communication.

Phase 1:

We are raising money to spend two weeks researching, rehearsing and exploring different approaches to the play.  This will be followed by some unticketed showings of our work, so we can invite audiences and professionals to give feedback.  We will also use the showings to help promote our move into phase two of the project, which will hopefully see the show performed again in South Wales and also in Bristol, London and Edinburgh.

Use of the money:

This £2000 is a portion of our total budget that will cover Venue Hire, Rehearsal Space, Promotional Material and some Admin.

We have applied for a number of additional grants that we hope will cover the Performing Rights, Set Building, Props, Lighting/Sound and a small fee for our professional creatives on the project.

When?

Our aim is to begin our R&D period in late-November/early-December.  Should the required finances not come together in time to make that viable, we will still proceed with the project, but in early 2016 instead.

Note:

Axon Theatre is a constituted non-profit organisation, run by a volunteer Management Committee that includes a fully qualified accountant.  Any and all funds are carefully accounted for.

www.axontheatre.com

People:

Tom Hurley - Producer

Nadia Hamilton-Jones - Production Manager

Scott Le Crass - Director

CAST: To be announced

More info at: http://axontheatre.com/who-we-are/

Risks and challenges

After our project is successfully funded, we will be able to confirm our tentative arrangements for venues, rights, cast etc. Naturally, there is the chance that with certain elements we will encounter issues. In this scenario, we will not compromise the quality of the work and instead opt to delay by a number of weeks/months into the new year.

We are an experienced group of theatre professionals, so while this project is our first venture as Axon Theatre, we have the knowledge and background to deal with problems on productions of this scale. We are committed to working together and are all very passionate about reaching our goals.

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