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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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