Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
A new British musical. A dark comedy about resurrections, second chances and the healing power of show at King's Head Theatre, London.
A new British musical. A dark comedy about resurrections, second chances and the healing power of show at King's Head Theatre, London.
74 backers pledged £3,538 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

Something Something Lazarus project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

£3,538

74

The Show

Something Something Lazarus is a dark comedy about resurrections, second chances and the healing power of show. It's also a new British musical, receiving its premiere in March 2016 and will be produced in association with the King's Head Theatre in Islington, London. The King's Head is also our fantastic venue.

We’re calling it a broken cabaret. Why? Because it all begins with a fast-dissolving rehearsal and ends with a fractured show that some might call a meltdown.

In the hour before opening at Midnight Sun, a half-dead cabaret bar, Vee and Della are re-blocking the song with the knife. Owner Daniel has a thing with bar boy Jay and the changes he’s bringing to the business. Love is in the air but now it seems, is also in the gents. And with the unveiling of a delivery from Daniel’s distant past, matters quickly skid into overdrive. It’s an age-old story about surviving love with a variety of weapons: jokes, songs, the previously mentioned knife, a significant chair, and a very large axe. It’s also an attempt to do something new with the musical form. Songs are interrupted, directed, repurposed, undercut … dialogue flits and sings between lyrics … a naturalistic first half gives way to a full-on show once the theatre family snaps.

Growing the show

Musicals, they say, aren’t written … they’re rewritten. And it’s no different here. Our show began life in Manchester, many moons ago. The idea revived at theatre’s Devoted & Disgruntled and a workshop at South Hill Park followed. Since then we’ve also been working on the book, tightening the script to give audiences at The King’s Head something a little faster, and a little more furious.

Supporting the show

Collaboration and friendship are brilliant engines. So far, they’ve powered over eleven years of musical making. And now that we have our show ready for The King’s Head, with our budget and investments in place, we’re hoping for a little more horsepower. That’s why we’re here. To raise that final 15%.

So, please, if you can, help us raise our final £3000. Of course, you can also support our show with a ticket or two for the show when it premieres in March. You can pop along to our FREE festive concert on Monday 21 December 2015, where we’ll be performing a special version of the show, along with free wine and mince pies. You can tell your musical-loving friends about Something Something Lazarus, and ask them to tell their musical-loving friends about it too.

However you choose to support us, we thank you. For helping new musical theatre find a space in the UK. But also for helping to water our acorn.

Risks and challenges

Even small musicals are expensive. There’s the hiring of spaces. The designing. The bringing to life of said designs. The printing. The PR. And then there’s the people … the amazing talent helping us to realise the dream …

The great news is we have an amazing team to support us. From our director Dan Phillips to the team at The King's Head Theatre. The King’s Head is leading the way in fair pay on the fringe. It’s a cause we completely support. Any money you can give will be helping to pay for the hard work of talented professionals who aren’t always so financially supported by their industry.

What is the money NOT paying for? Well, it’s not paying for the writers. In fact, we’re investing in the show ourselves. We believe in the benefits of our hard work and midnight oil. We want all our own seconds and pennies to keep flooding our future. We have faith in this educational experience called ‘putting on a show’. We don’t think the budget should be funding our university, no matter how wonderful it is. And if we raise more than our minimum? All money raised will go directly into the show. We’ll let you know how through our regular updates.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge £3 or more About $5

    THE ORIGIN OF LOVE
    For the cost of warming beverage, you can water an acorn deep in the heart of winter. Come springtime see the branches of a brand new musical tree, beautifully rooted by you, stretch up to the sky, and who knows, higher …

    • Secret world access! Help grow the show and we’ll give you the digital key to special places in our Midnight Sun universe.
    • Your name in lights (kind of) a personal and very public thank you for your support on light-emitting PCs and devices, through the medium of Twitter, and an old-school thanks in the programme too

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 9 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge £10 or more About $15

    LET THE SUNSHINE IN
    Ever listened to Hair’s glorious finale and wondered what makes someone walk proudly in their winter coat? We think supporting new musical theatre might do it. And just to be sure, we’ll send you a little sunshine from the show. So walk tall this winter: you’re bringing harmony to the world, one show at a time.

    Everything in Reward 1 +
    • PDF sheet music for Alive The words and the music for the song that changes everything.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 14 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge £20 or more About $30

    THE STARS AND THE MOON
    We don’t want a yacht or champagne. Nor a town house in Turtle Bay, honeymoon in Beijing, or villa in Nice. We just want to show what’s possible when you gather a gorgeous team of hopefuls that are shooting for the moon. And if you want to be a part of that team, we’ll give you three kinds of thanks, plus the blueprint for our new musical universe.

    Everything in Reward 1 & 2 +
    • PDF script of Something Something Lazarus All the accusations, jokes, songs and turning points … in gorgeous electronic format.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 16 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge £50 or more About $76

    SOMETHING’S COMING
    Or should that be something something’s coming? Receive plenty of something through email plus tickets to the show. Your chance to pull up a chair and say “come on, deliver”.

    Everything in Rewards 1,2 & 3 +
    • Ticket to the show. Make it a date and make March feel a little more tambourine.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 9 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Reward no longer available

    Pledge £100 or more About $152

    RAINBOW HIGH
    Help make us dazzling, thrilling, fantastic, in magical colours …

    Everything in Rewards 1,2 & 3 +
    • Two tickets to the show Any night you fancy the adventure, there’ll be a place reserved for you and a loved one.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Reward no longer available 10 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge £250 or more About $380

    MARRY ME A LITTLE
    Go ahead, make a few demands. We’re able to fulfil …

    Everything in Rewards 1 +
    • PDF sheet music AND recording for Alive The words and the music for the song that changes everything.
    • Signed poster Loves and kisses from the cast and crew.
    • TWO tickets to press night Join us with you and your loved one for a night that’s something like a honeymoon.
    • Your very own specially designed Lazarus T-shirt * A bespoke splash of Lazarus sunshine.

    * five sizes and show quotes available

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United Kingdom
    Limited 1 backer
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge £500 or more About $761

    ANYTHING GOES
    Seriously, anything... Anything! Okay, anything-ish.

    Everything in Rewards 1 +
    • PDF sheet music AND recording for Alive The words and the music for the song that changes everything.
    • BEAUTIFULLY BOUND script of Something Something Lazarus Every accusation, joke, song and turning point … signed with special messages from the cast and creative crew, and bound to last as long as true love. Ahhhhhh.
    • FOUR tickets to press night Join our cabaret family for a night that’s something like a honeymoon.
    • TWO specially designed Lazarus T-shirts * Matching glory for you and your loved one with a bespoke splash of Lazarus loveliness.
    • Your name in the show Yes, we have four placeholder moments, ready and waiting for your name to grab a little of the limelight and make a bid for posterity.

    * five sizes and show quotes available

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United Kingdom
    Limited 1 backer
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (42 days)