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An LGBTQ+ puppet show for children and families called, 'Busy Being Ze,'which is about fitting in, growing up and standing out! LGBT
110 backers pledged £5,200 to help bring this project to life.

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 Special Promotion! Exclusive for backers who pledge £20 or more- The Busy Being Ze Finale Party (18+) Monday 15th July


        We have 50 tickets availble for backers who pledge £20 or more on any reward. Come celebrate the end of our Kickstarter with us at this special one-time-only immersive house party to celebrate all things InBetween!

        Featuring some of the best talent in cabaret, burlseque and drag in 6 amazingly decorated rooms, Hello Darling near Waterloo, London, will be home to all our favourite puppet characters from Sex and Puppets Cabaret and beyond.

Check out our amazing Venue! https://www.hellodarling.london/hello-us

         Don't miss out!

TO BOOK TICKETS
         STEP 1. PLEDGE £20 OR MORE (valid on any reward £20 or over)
 

STEP 2. WE SEND YOU AN EXCLUSIVE EVENTBRITE LINK. YOU BOOK.
 

STEP 3. PARTY! 

(Limited avalibility- 18 tickets remaining)

The Story

This is the story of a little puppet named Ze. When Ze has their first day at a new school they find that they don't really fit it. But Ze's world splits magically in two, revealing a secret place, the Inbetween!

The Inbetween is a marvellous world filled with colourful characters, each unique and no two alike. The story ends with a massive Pride festival in the school's playground, where everyone dresses up, has fun and celebrates being special and unique!

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The Inspiration

Busy Being Ze is inspired by an original puppet character from a show we made a couple of years ago. This was a colourful and chaotic puppet cabaret about PSHE education with everything from flying feather boas, loved-up crocodiles and smooching socks. Ze's act stuck with us because it made audiences stop and think. We held it very close to our hearts.

We wanted to use Ze's story to create a show that would promote inclusivity and support school's PSHE education after the recent outburst of parental protests. It's a story we hope anyone could empathise with regardless of their identity or background. Ze's story is about being different. And we are all special and different in our own way.

Ze's name is inspired from a kind of gender neutral pronoun ze/zir. Some people might decide to use ze/zir or commonly they/their instead of gendered pronouns if they feel he or she does not fit them. After playing with Ze we didn't feel they were a boy or a girl. It felt wrong to use he/she pronouns. So Ze was the first non-binary puppet we ever made. 

A glimpse into the rehearsal process - design sketchbook by puppet designer, Alicia.
A glimpse into the rehearsal process - design sketchbook by puppet designer, Alicia.

The Team

Our aliases: Eddie Ornot, Ana Mator and Mercury
Our aliases: Eddie Ornot, Ana Mator and Mercury

Alicia Britt (she/her) is a puppet maker based in London. She loves the weird and the wonderful, making puppets from everything such as recycled fabric, plastic bottles and tea pots. Alicia is passionate about LGBTQ+ rights and young people since founding Wondering Hands Puppetry Theatre in 2016. She believes puppetry has a fantastic voice for difficult issues and the ability to bring people together with laughter.

Alexander Luttley (they/them) is a performer, cabaret artist and puppeteer, more commonly know by their alter egos Pi the Mime and Mercury Presents. Alexander was a key part of the creative team behind hilarious children's cabaret Princess Charming.

Edie Edmundson (she/her) is a puppeteer best known as the puppeteer of the Little Matchgirl in The Little Matchgirl and other Happier Tales at The Globe. Edie and Alicia together founded Wondering Hands Puppetry Theatre in 2016 after meeting at Curious School of Puppetry.

Sebastian Freeburn (he/him) is a musician and designer who has been working with Wondering Hands since they began. He has written beautiful music for their shows as well as banging cabaret numbers such as those for Lady Glitteris and the Vajazzles, a regular at Wondering Hands' own cabaret.

Robin Skyer (they/them) is a producer, theatre maker and performer. Currently, they are Participation Coordinator at Arcola Theatre, a Producer for Global Voices Theatre, and BareFace, a company of actors with disabilities. Robin collaborates with emerging disabled artists, providing administrative support and development advice for new artistic projects.

Out Kickstarter

Your support will go towards the first Research & Development stage of Busy Being Ze, as well as it's future journey as a full production that we hope to take around the UK (and beyond)!

The funding will also contribute towards workshop facilitators and materials for puppet making and cabaret workshops we'll be holding with young people with children and young people in East London this summer.

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Risks and challenges

In addition to the Kickstarter Campaign we are applying for Arts Council Funding. If our funding is unsuccessful this time around we may have to delay the project until we can re-submit our application.

Our Finale Cabaret Party will be at Hello Darling, behind the Old Vic, Waterloo, London on Monday July 15th. We have 50 tickets to give away to the first 25 backers who pledge £20 or more. Tickets will be distributed via eventbrite link, messaged directly to you via kickstarter message.

The terms of our agreement with Applecart Theatre means that we have to complete the project by the end of 2019. If we are unable to fund our project before the end of the year we will have to find a new project partner in 2020 before we are able to continue with our R&D.

At the moment there are 200 tickets for our audiences at the Applecart R&D and 200 tickets to give away to local schools. If demand is more than this, we will have to arrange additional dates either at Applecart or in a similar London based location.

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    Pledge £10 or more About US$ 12

    The One With The Hug!

    As a big thank you we’ll pop you a shout out on facebook and instagram, then a cute little puppet will magically jump* from your screen via email and give you a big hug.

    *we advise using your imagination to really feel the hug!

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    • Virtual Hug From Ze
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    The One With The Grand Finale!

    Everything from The One With The Hug

    PLUS

    For supporting us in the very first stage of this project, we'd like you to come back when it’s all finished, shiny and new for our premiere performances somewhere in London, 2020! This means you'll have special early access booking. Ain’t that lovely!

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    • Be the first to hear about the finished show
    • Social Media Shout Out
    • Virtual Hug From Ze
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    The One With The Special Features!

    Everything from The One With The Grand Finale

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    We’ll send you a PDF of the special sketch book by puppet maker Alicia! You'll get all the drawings and designs of the puppets, ideas, and silly stuff straight from the rehearsal room, in colour, right to your email inbox.

    PLUS

    A special one of a kind digital polaroid just for you, signed by the cast.

    Includes:
    • Digital Polaroid Photo
    • Digital Sketchbook of Busy Being Ze Production
    • Be the first to hear about the finished show
    • Social Media Shout Out
    • Virtual Hug From Ze
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    The One With The Caterpillar!

    Everything from The One With The Special Features

    PLUS

    Your very own fluffy caterpillar puppet in colourful colours selected at random!

    PLUS

    A thank you card full of doodles and cast signatures, posted to you along with a polaroid photo from rehearsals.

    Includes:
    • Fluffy Caterpillar Puppet
    • Polaroid Photo and Thank You Card
    • Digital Sketchbook of Busy Being Ze Production
    • Be the first to hear about the finished show
    • Virtual Hug From Ze
    • Social Media Shout Out
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    The One For The EARLY BIRDS!

    Special Offer (reduced £50 from £55) PLUS 2x FREE CABARET TICKETS! July 15th

    If you support us in the first 48 hours, not only will you get everything from The One With The Special Features, you’ll also get 2x tickets* to The Exclusive Inclusive Busy Being Ze Launch Cabaret: THE INBETWEEN! (18+) in London, July 15th 2019.

    PLUS

    Two tickets** to the first R&D sharing of Busy Being Ze at Applecart Theatre in October. If you can't make it in person, a live stream link will be sent to you!

    * Prize includes 2 Cabaret Tickets. Add £5 to your donation for each additional ticket and please write in the comments how many you would like.
    ** Prize includes 2 R&D tickets. Add £10 to your donation for each additional adult ticket (£5 for children) and please write in the comments how many you would like.

    Includes:
    • 2 Tickets to the Busy Being Ze Cabaret Launch Party July 15th
    • 2 Tickets to Exclusive R&D Sharing or Live Stream
    • Digital Sketchbook of Busy Being Ze Production
    • Digital Polaroid Photo
    • Be the first to hear about the finished show
    • Social Media Shout Out
    • Virtual Hug From Ze
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    Pledge £55 or more About US$ 68

    The One Where You Shape Our Story!

    Everything from The One With The Special Features

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    Two exclusive tickets* to the first R&D sharing of Busy Being Ze at Applecart Theatre in October. Be the first to watch never seen before skits and songs! Meet the team, hear about their ideas and inspiration, share your thoughts, and tell us where you think Ze should go in the future. And if you can't make it in person, a live stream link will be sent to you!

    *Prize includes 2 R&D tickets. Add £10 to your donation for each additional adult ticket (£5 for children) and please write in the comments how many you would like.

    Includes:
    • 2 Tickets to Exclusive R&D Sharing or Live Stream
    • Digital Sketchbook of Busy Being Ze Production
    • Digital Polaroid Photo
    • Be the first to hear about the finished show
    • Social Media Shout Out
    • Virtual Hug From Ze
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    The One For Your Family!

    Everything from The One With The Special Features

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    A family ticket to our special R&D sharing

    PLUS

    An exclusive chance to meet the cast and see the work-in-progress puppets before the show

    PLUS

    Not one but TWO colourful caterpillar puppets to stop any squabbling on the way home.

    *Prize includes 2 adult R&D tickets, and 2 child tickets. Add £10 to your donation for each additional adult ticket (£5 for children) and please write in the comments how many you would like.

    Includes:
    • Family Ticket to the Exclusive R&D sharing or Live Stream
    • Meet and Greet with the Cast and Puppets before the R&D Sharing
    • 2 x Caterpillar Puppets
    • Digital Sketchbook of Busy Being Ze Production
    • Polaroid Photo and Thank You Card
    • Be the first to hear about the finished show
    • Social Media Shout Out
    • Virtual Hug From Ze
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    Pledge £120 or more About US$ 149

    The One With All The Glamour And Sequins

    Everything from The One Where You Shape Our Story!

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    Puppet maker Alicia will make your favourite cuddly toy a unique, one of a kind cabaret costume so Teddy will be the belle of the ball, darling. Just send** your toy to Alicia’s studio in London, provide her with their cabaret or drag name, a little bit about their personality and style, and she will use upcycled fabrics and lots of sequins to turn them into a cabaret superstar. It’s like a holiday for your favourite friend, only they come back more fabulous.

    *Prize includes 2 R&D tickets. Add £10 to your donation for each additional adult ticket (£5 for children) and please write in the comments how many you would like.
    **Prize includes return postage but not postage to the Alicia’s studios.

    Includes:
    • Bespoke Costume for your Cuddly Toy
    • Be the first to hear about the finished show
    • 2 Tickets to Exclusive R&D Sharing or Live Stream
    • Digital Sketchbook of Busy Being Ze Production
    • Polaroid Photo and Thank You Card
    • Social Media Shout Out
    • Virtual Hug From Ze
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    The One With PUPPET YOU!

    Everything from The One Where You Shape Our Story

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    Puppetry designer Alicia Britt will make you your very own professional moving mouth hand puppet** in your image! Come to Alicia's studio in London to pick out you colours and oversee your very own bespoke design. Can be arranged over Skype worldwide if you’re not able to come to London.

    *Prize includes 2 R&D tickets. Add £10 to your donation for each additional adult ticket (£5 for children) and please write in the comments how many you would like.
    **Prize includes one moving mouth puppet, torso, arms, head, custom outfit and hair style. Additional accoutrements, snazzy fabric upgrades and accessories can happily be negotiated! (But may occur an additional fee.)

    Includes:
    • Bespoke Moving Mouth Puppet
    • Private Visit to Alicia's Workshop
    • 2 Tickets to Exclusive R&D Sharing or Live Stream
    • Digital Sketchbook of Busy Being Ze Production
    • Polaroid Photo and Thank You Card
    • Be the first to hear about the finished show
    • Social Media Shout Out
    • Virtual Hug From Ze
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Funding period

- (30 days)