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in the Oven are taking their show ‘Canary’ to the prestigious Prague Fringe
Festival 2019 thanks to the support of 129 Kickstarter backers!
Fun in the Oven are taking their show ‘Canary’ to the prestigious Prague Fringe Festival 2019 thanks to the support of 129 Kickstarter backers!
129 backers pledged £4,536 to help bring this project to life.

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Dear friends, fans and followers of Fun in the Oven Theatre,

Following our first national tour in November 2018, ‘Canary’ has been selected to perform at Prague Fringe Festival in 2019. This is a very exciting opportunity to bring ‘Canary’ to an international audience and the Canary Girls' vital, brilliant, brave stories will be experienced by audiences from all over the world. Amazing!

However...it's expensive. We need to raise funds to cover travel, accommodation, marketing, registration fees and to pay our performers and stage management to the sum of £4500.

Any contribution you can make will be much appreciated and will go a long way.


WHAT IS CANARY?

Meet Agnes, Anne & Betty, a motley crew of munitions workers doing their bit for the war effort. Factory life seems perfect until an air raid sends them on an explosive journey through euphoric emancipation, forbidden friendships and anarchic dreams.

‘Canary’ is a live theatre piece inspired by the true stories of female munitions workers from 1914 to 1918.  The ‘Canary Girls’, whose life threatening work on the home front exposed them to toxic chemicals that turned their skin yellow. 

Whilst the story takes place over a hundred years ago, ‘Canary’ is no museum piece. It is a fast paced, darkly comical, contemporary show combining vibrant physical theatre with innovative sound design and was created in collaboration with the award-winning Spanish physical theatre company Teatro En Vilo.

‘Canary’ has been in development since 2015, thanks to funding from Arts Council, Sunday for Sammy and a commission from Queen's Hall Hexham. We're very grateful to organisations who have partnered us along the way including North East Artist's Development Network, Live Theatre, Dance City, The Witham and Norden Farm Centre for the Arts. 

Our creative team, eclectic and international, includes award winning artists including sound composer Roma Yagnik, director Andrea Jimenez, film-maker Lesley Anne Rose, movement director Noemi Fernandez and performers Alys North, Robyn Hambrook and Katie Tranter.

The show was developed with the guidance of academic Dr Tracy Elisabeth Gillman and the research strand of the project included visits to the Tyne and Wear Archives, The Imperial War Museum and The Devil’s Porridge Museum in Gretna, the site of the largest First World War munitions factory in the UK.


REVIEWS AND AUDIENCE FEEDBACK: 

***** “Fun in the Oven takes hold our emotions, making us laugh, cry and in awe of their slick physically and strong ensemble. The most hard-hitting moments were always cleverly uplifted with comedy, and superbly executed.” Theatre Box Review

“an original take on a little-known aspect of wartime women’s intrinsic importance, and the humorous dialogue, well-choreographed movement and rousing singing make for enjoyable and enlightening entertainment.” Spy in the Stalls

“My favourite theatre experience of the year” Matthew Crow, Independent on Sunday

“Three hugely versatile actors held us spellbound” Julia Wright, Teesdale Mercury


WHAT IS PRAGUE FRINGE FESTIVAL?

The Prague Fringe is a 9 day extravaganza of English-language theatre, comedy, cabaret and more! The 18th Prague Fringe will take place from 24th May – 1st June 2019. Unlike the Edinburgh Fringe this festival is programmed, limiting the participating companies to just 80, which means we that we won’t get lost in the competition. The festival averages around 7000 attendees each year and many shows sell out. The Fringe offers companies the chance to perform to international audiences and hopefully meet programmers and bookers!


AND WHY GO?

As female practitioners of physical theatre in the North East of England, we feel that ‘Canary’ presents a story of vital national and historical importance from a unique standpoint, whilst being stylistically innovative with a multi-disciplinary approach.  

The show received overwhelmingly positive responses from audiences and critics across the UK from our 2018 national tour  and we would love to bring it to an international audience! The Prague Fringe offers an ambitious platforming opportunity for ‘Canary’ and Fun in the Oven whilst representing outstanding work from female theatre makers from the North East. 

Any help you can give to reach our goal would be appreciated!

Thank you for taking the time to look at our page.

Risks and challenges

This is our first time producing an international project and we are aware that this brings new challenges and risks. We have industry mentors in place to advise us through this process and will offer production support.

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    Pledge £10 or more About US$ 13

    A GREAT BIG THANK YOU

    A social media shoutout to you. The performers will also chant your name loudly in the pre-show warm up at Prague Fringe Festival. Footage of this will be sent to you.

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    • Social Media Shoutout
    • Personalized video from Prague Fringe
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    Pledge £25 or more About US$ 32

    A CHEERY HELLO IN THE POST

    Receive a special edition Canary postcard with a personal message from Agnes, Anne and Betty. PLUS social media shoutout and pre-show name chanting. We can send you a postcard anywhere in the world. If your country of residence isn't listed below please tick the closest country.

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    SIGNED TOUR POSTER

    Receive a signed poster from our 2018 sellout national tour AND a bespoke Canary postcard with a special message from Agnes, Anne and Betty.

    PLUS

    social media and pre show warm up shout out

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    Pledge £100 or more About US$ 130

    AND WHAT A YEAR THAT WAS

    Receive a quirky and unique Fun in the Oven calendar so you can enjoy us for the whole year and a bespoke Canary postcard with a special message from Agnes, Anne and Betty and a big thank you on social media.

    Includes:
    • Special edition postcard
    • Exclusive 'Canary' calendar
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    Pledge £200 or more About US$ 260

    A SLAP UP FEAST

    Afternoon tea with Agnes, Anne and Betty. An immersive theatrical experience with tea, cake and chaos. You will spend an hour in the company of the Canary Girls. This option doesn't include travel but we will do our best to bring this treat as close to your locality as possible.

    PLUS a personalised postcard and social media shoutout.
    This treat is limited to UK pledgers.

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    • An immersive theatrical experience with the stars of 'Canary'.
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    Pledge £500 or more About US$ 650

    AN EPIC SING SONG IN YOUR NAME

    As well as automatically being invited to a 'Slap Up Feast', Fun in the Oven will write you your very own song! Then Agnes, Anne and Betty will film a performance of it and send it to you!

    PLUS a personalised postcard and social media shoutout.

    Includes:
    • Your very own song
    • An immersive theatrical experience with the stars of 'Canary'.
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    Pledge £900 or more About US$ 1,169

    THE WHOLE SH-BANG

    We will fly you to Prague, put you up in a hotel and provide dinner and tickets to the show.

    This treat is limited to pledgers in Europe.

    Includes:
    • Flight to Prague, night in a hotel, ticket to the show and dinner
    • Special edition postcard
    • Social Media Shoutout
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Funding period

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