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Early Days is a new kind of performance putting audiences across the country in charge of building a new society - from the ground up.
Early Days is a new kind of performance putting audiences across the country in charge of building a new society - from the ground up.
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The revolution is over.
It’s time to start shaping a better nation.

Early Days (of a better nation) is a new interactive theatre show by Coney. It puts the audience in charge of building a new society, from the ground up. It’s about how we, the people, want to be represented, how we decide what’s important, and how we get on with the neighbours.

Early Days is a brave, bold swipe at creating an inclusive and galvanizing political experience.
The sheer complexity of it is breathtaking."
Jo Tyabji for Open Democracy

Test performances of Early Days (of a better nation)
Test performances of Early Days (of a better nation)

 Early Days is being made by Coney, masters of interactive performance, to be performed and toured in the UK (and maybe across the world) from autumn 2014. Over the last 18 months we’ve been working with academics, audiences, the general public, young people, charities and more to understand how we feel about the political systems that influence our lives. We’ve been amazed by the passion that comes out when people are brought together and given a platform to imagine how things could be.

Early Days (of a better nation)
Early Days (of a better nation)

WHY DO WE NEED YOUR HELP?

Now we need help to finish turning the ideas and experiences we’ve gathered into fully formed characters and stories to sit at the heart of the show.

Each of our performers needs to understand the detail of a range of political arguments, to make sure they can facilitate, challenge and inspire our audiences in the final show, improvising and responding the to different decisions made on a night-by-night basis. When it's complete, the show will tour across the UK playing to audiences of 80 people each night.

Our aim of £3000 will enable 6 performers and our creative team to immerse themselves in the content of the final show for an intense development phase, with an opportunity for our biggest supporters to experience the results in an intimate workshop performance.

The development and testing of Early Days so far has been made possible thanks to the fantastic support of our co-commissioners Warwick Arts Centre, National Theatre Wales and Battersea Arts Centre, and our production development partner, Cultural Institute at Kings College London.

JOIN US ON THE JOURNEY

Coney's 'A Small Town Anywhere' at Battersea Arts Centre
Coney's 'A Small Town Anywhere' at Battersea Arts Centre

All of Coney's work is interactive - meaning we take audiences on a journey with us an genuinely respond to their actions and ideas. Our Kickstarter campaign will be no different. We'll keep you up to date with the show every step of the way and will be interested to hear your thoughts and ideas about what could happen next.

Coney's 'House of Cards' at Kensington Palace
Coney's 'House of Cards' at Kensington Palace

We've put together some exciting rewards for your support - all of them exclusive to our Kickstarter backers. We can't wait to get started!

Risks and challenges

Coney have been making brilliant, inspiring work since 2006. We've been a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England since 2012. And we've just finished a major 2-year collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces. So we've got a track record of creating work that inspires adults and children with the big ideas of the world.

Early Days is indeed a big idea and we'll need to find further support to make the final piece. But as long as we reach Kickstarter target, we'll be able to move on to the next stage of developing the show.

When developing new shows, it's always possible that ideas just don't work. Coney have already completed a couple of tests of Early Days, so we're already far enough into development to know there's a really exciting show based on some brilliant ideas. This campaign is all about gathering support for the next level of work and hearing from our supporters about what they think.

So, we'll keep in touch with you throughout the development. If anything unexpected crops up, we'll let you know. And we hope that you'll share your ideas and experiences with us in return.

Please note that travel and accommodation are not included with any of the supporter packages. Catering and venue hire are not included for PRESIDENTS.

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    Pledge £10 or more About $17

    DEPUTY SHERIFFS - To show our gratitude we'll plant a fictional tree in our fictional nation - and email you a certificate of authenticity to acknowledge your support!

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    MAYORS -
    As one of our fantastic Mayors, you'll receive a limited edition print of the map of our fictional nation (which we think would look lovely on your wall!), delivered to your door.

    What better way to begin to plan your explorations of this brave new world?

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    ALDERMAN - As a valued Alderman, you'll receive the same benefits as MAYORS, plus a little more! We'll get in touch to find out a little bit more about you, then hand-pick a reward from Coney's secret prop store. It's a wealth of artefacts, large and small, built up over the years of Coney's history.

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    AMBASSADORS - You're really spoiling us! So in return, you'll receive the same benefits as MAYORS, plus an invitation for you and a guest to join us at a special EARLY DAYS reception. Join the Coney team, performers and other supporters to experience the work so far and make your contribution to further artistic development.

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    Pledge £1,500 or more About $2,487

    PRESIDENT - Our Presidents will get something very special indeed. As well as the same benefits as MAYORS, we'll join you and five of your guests for an evening of nation-building at a place of your choice. You'll be President of your own nation. This intimate experience of EARLY DAYS makes the ultimate dinner party event.

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