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Emerging theatre artists hitting London with an intelligent, funny, brutal and delicate debut season.
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We're looking for £550 pounds to help make our debut season of plays even more noticeable and amazing than they already are.

What Is AXIS Arts?

AXIS is: 

  • A collective of theatre artists
  • Based in London
  • Designers, directors, actors, writers, producers and photographers
  • In the early stages of their careers
  • Desperate to make really incredible theatre
  • Dedicated, passionate & intelligent
  • Just cocky enough to think we're worth supporting in a very crowded city

Most impressively, we're trying to be all those things whilst earning enough to survive in London.

To find out more about us, you can:

What Is The "Emerging Artists Season"?

A set of plays we've put together to show what we have to offer. We've put together a season of material that's funny, weird, subtle, devastating and beautiful (sometimes all at the same time), and we're showing that material to London (at The White Bear Theatre) and Brighton (Upstairs At Three & Ten) from March til Early May.

We have no money at all, so right from the start this has been a zero budget season: we've made sure we can put these plays on without any funding at all. Where we've needed resources, we've begged, borrowed, stolen*, scavenged, made and pretended. Theatre, guerilla style.

If You've Got A Zero-Budget Season, Why Do You Want Funding?

Because we've fallen in love with what we're doing. We've done some fantastic work with nothing but our bodies and whatever we could manage to find. But there's two things we just can't maneuver our way around:

  • Design - Our designers are wizards, possibly fuelled by dark powers, but there's a limit to what they can magic up unaided. These plays deserve that small back-up cash pot to get those one or two perfect items that will really finish the look.
  • Marketing - We're busting the internet open with shouting about the season, and Facebook will collapse under the weight of our viral doings. But we'd love to get out there in the real world, put up posters, give out fliers, get space in publications.
This funding would let us give this season, and all the hungry young artists creating it, a chance to get real notice.

(*We stole milk. From a housemate. For tea.)
(*We stole milk. From a housemate. For tea.)


What's In It For Me?

Loads! No matter how much you can spare for us, we'd like to acknowledge your help. We don't have much in the way of "stuff" to give you, but we've got a lot of skills and the creativity to use those in interesting ways for you.

If you like the look of some of the bigger stuff, like the Immersive House Party, but just can't afford anywhere near that much, band together with some friends and do it collectively. It all needs to come out of one account but you can tell us at the time that it's from a load of you.

So What's In The Season?

Here's what's on...

Unwrap Your Candy
Director: Nick Bradford
Designer: Zosia Stella-Sawicka

Inspired in equal parts by Hitchcock, Roald Dahl and the DSM-IV, Unwrap Your Candy will jolt your senses and tingle your spine as it takes in the dangers of childhood, the tribulations of a young violin prodigy, a house full of unspeakable secrets, a precociously intelligent foetus and an insatiable thirst for tabloid atrocities.

Publius Horatius
Director: Menelaos Karantzas
Designer: Nick Gott

The Horatian's story retold by Menelaos Karantzas, based on texts by Titus Livius, Pierre Corneille, Bertolt Brecht and Heiner Muller. How can language speak about horrid historical moments? The difficulty of assigning unambiguous moral significance to actions of violence made in the name of the people has changed through ages. Based on a Roman story and three theatrical texts inspired by it, this pastiche explores the way of talking about individuals and their deeds in a contemporary context.

Cockroach
Director: Jason Warren
Designer: Charlie Marie Austin

In a city in England, five students and their teacher attempt to lead a normal life in the midst of a generation-slaughtering war. Skipping between evolutionary biology, the meaning of love, and humanity's innate savagery, the audience is left with one question: what is bravery?

Gentlemen, Please
Director: Will Davis
Designer: Rachel Carter

In this one act farce, Will Davis brings the acclaimed Sean Michael Welch to our shores. A gentleman's attempt to reclaim his honour in a duel goes horribly awry in Gentlemen, Please.

Anything Else?

You know it. We've teamed up with the gorgeous and twisted Fighetta, and they'll be doing shows with us on the Brighton dates.

Vesta!
Devised by Fighetta

Fighetta welcomes you to the world of Vesta!: a lustrous, theatrical, and darkly comic celebration of humanity, inspired by the films of Federico Fellini and the compositions of Nino Rota. Provocative, extravagant and often bizarre, with startling imagery and outrageous behaviour, this playful physical piece is brought to you by six sordid women and features blood, grapes and a wedding (possibly).

One Last Thing... Who Are You?

We are the AXIS production team!

  • Jason Warren - Artistic Director
  • Emma Pritchard - Executive Producer
  • Charlie Marie Austin - Associate Designer
  • Tom Allen - Sound Designer
  • Nick Bradford, Menelaos Karantzas, Will Davis - Associate Directors

Between us we've got decades of experience, training from some of the best arts schools in the country... and an absolute determination to do this.

Thankyou! See you in Spring...

Risks and challenges

The best bit is, there's no risk. This season is happening, even if we don't make the target. All we're asking is your help to make it even better.

We know we can deliver a great season; everyone involved in AXIS has either trained or had a career in the creative industries at the highest levels, and the work coming out of our rehearsals already is phenomenal.

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    Pledge £5 or more About US$ 7

    On top of the glowing feeling you get from supporting new art, you'll get a thankyou in the season programme and a mention in the thankyou speeches at the after-season drinks in the bar! This reward is included in ALL higher tiers too.

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    Pledge £10 or more About US$ 13

    As well as the £5 rewards, we'll give you a ticket to the AXIS show of your choice in London. Normally they're £12. So basically we're giving you public thanks for buying a discounted ticket.

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    Pledge £20 or more About US$ 26

    ***VORTIGERN 1: GET A MENTION*** In Season 2, Nick will be directing an original piece that promises to deliver his trademark brilliance. Fancy having a character named after you? Ok! For £20, your name gets immortalised as an unseen character. Experience the weird thrill of thinking the actors are talking to you before realising they're talking about a fictional person! Of course, this deal includes the £10 rewards. (You can choose someone else's name, but keep this within reason...)

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    Pledge £20 or more About US$ 26

    Get a ticket to the AXIS play of your choice and digital copies of all production, rehearsal and promo photos for that play!

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    Pledge £30 or more About US$ 39

    3 tickets to see AXIS (worth £36) and all the £5 acknowledgement. That could be three to the same play so you can bring friends, or one to three different performances so you can keep it all for yourself.

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    Pledge £40 or more About US$ 52

    ***VORTIGERN 2: NAME A CHARACTER*** This is the same as the £20 Vortigern reward, but this time your name gets attached to a character that appears on stage!

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    Pledge £50 or more About US$ 65

    As well as the £30 stuff, we'll make a Youtube video thanking you personally, write a song about how much we love you, and invite you to the after-season party!

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    Pledge £50 or more About US$ 65

    Tickets to all five AXIS productions, and our eternal love...

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    Pledge £60 or more About US$ 78

    Tickets to all the productions, plus a digital pack of production and promo photos for every single one of them

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    Pledge £75 or more About US$ 97

    ***VORTIGERN 3: WE COULD BE HEROES*** Not content with naming a supporting character? This reward will name one of the central characters after you, AND give you a free ticket to AXIS Season 1, AND give you a free ticket to Vortigern later in the year! You also get the invite to the after-season party like the 50-pounders.

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    Pledge £75 or more About US$ 97

    ***AXIS POSTER SET 2*** Everything from Poster Set 1... but for all three plays!

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    Pledge £100 or more About US$ 129

    ***WORK WITH THE DIRECTORS*** As well as the £30 rewards, Jason and another AXIS Director of your choice at your disposal! We'll come to work with your amateur/uni/school drama society, or workshop something with you, or... pretty much anything that can feasibly be done in up to 8 hours. Given the tickets are worth £36, that's like getting two directors for £4 an hour each.

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    Pledge £100 or more About US$ 129

    ***WORK WITH THE DESIGNERS*** All the £30 reward, plus Charlie and another AXIS Designer of your choice will come for whatever event, workshop, project or anything else you like for up to 8 of your earth hours. The world is your oyster with this one. As long as your oyster needs design input. They can run it, plan it and deliver it, or they can come help with it. Your call.

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    ***WORK WITH AXIS*** Want to do something with us that isn't covered by the other two £100 rewards? I'm sure we can work it out. Talk to us before you donate to make sure the ideas doable on our end!

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    Pledge £150 or more About US$ 193

    ***STEAL A PLAY*** We give you all the £30 rewards, and then literally give you the AXIS play of your choice. After the London run, we'll come to your lounge or wherever, cram our whole play in there and perform for you and your friends. Only condition is you can't charge money for entry, this is a friendly gig, aye?

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    Pledge £250 or more About US$ 322

    Okay this one's ludicrous. ***PARTY WITH AXIS*** We will turn your home/wherever, for one evening, into an immersive performance for you and your friends. We'll work with you to make your party into the only party EVER to be a unique one-off totally immersive world theatre performance. I haven't done any research, but I'm sure that's totally true.

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    Pledge £300 or more About US$ 386

    All of the £250 goodness plus 10 tickets to the first season to be be spread around whichever plays and people you choose.

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    Pledge £500 or more About US$ 643

    In case there are any wonderful philanthropists out there who really believe in us... In exchange for £500, we'll give you 3 free tickets to every play or event we do until April 2014. As well as that, you can have pretty much your pick of rewards from this list (as long as it's reasonable, you're not getting 17 immersive house parties out of us).

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    First person to sponsor us for £60 gets all of the goodness in that OTHER £60 reward, PLUS a signed posted from the production of their choice, and a set of printed photos from the production

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