About this project
CROWLEY & CO.
Crowley & Co. is a theatre production company, as well as a small press publisher (in its free monthly multi-disciplinary magazine, The Paper) and a host of live music, comedy and spoken word events (monthly variety gig, The Night). Originally founded by in 2014, Crowley & Co. began as a banner for all the creatives involved in bringing Tom Crowley's play Ghost City to the stage at VAULT Festival 2015. After a sold-out run and a Festival Spirit Award nomination, Crowley & Co. began to expand as an organisation, bringing in new writers, designers and directors, also producing Felix Trench's Radioman and a work-in-progress performance of David K Barnes's Monster Hunters. Since then, we've been corralling a dizzying host of talent in preparation for out biggest project ever, The Locker.
VAULT Festival is a six-week arts festival consisting of new theatre, comedy, music, dance, acrobatics and more, located in a series of tunnels under Waterloo station named The Vaults. For the first time ever, the VAULT team have farmed out their programming to another company, by giving Crowley & Co. a two-week residency in their brand new room for 2016 - a mini-festival within the festival, named The Locker. With the advice and endorsement of the VAULT team, we at Crowley & Co. are curating a space and a programme which not only live up to the VAULT ethos of providing a supportive environment for new work, but which embody Crowley & Co.'s remit of delivering thrilling, unique new stories, well told.
PRAISE FOR VAULT FESTIVAL:
“VAULT Festival goes from strength to strength with a vibrant, varied programme full of theatrical treats… a brilliant place to spot new talent” - The Stage, 2015
“You might be in Hogarth's London, so bursting is it with unruly, gamey life" - The Independent, 2015
Tom Crowley, Artistic Director -Tom is the founder of Crowley & Co., and is a graduate of the King’s Head Trainee Director Scheme and the Royal Court Young Writer’s Programme. As well as directing Ghost City, Radioman and Monster Hunters for Crowley & Co., he also recently wrote the script for the world stage premiere of Shock Treatment, the sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which launched to huge critical acclaim in April 2015. As a director, he has worked at the King's Head Theatre, The Hope Theatre, The St James Theatre Studio, at the Edinburgh Fringe and most recently The Park Theatre (on a work-in-progress excerpt of Jingan Young's The 38th Parallel). He plays Eric Chapman in Wooden Overcoats and can be heard in Radio 4's The Brig Society and The Lentil Sorters.
Caitlin Benedict, Producer - Caitlin is an Australian theatre and audio producer based in London. Currently based at BBC Radio 3, she also works as producer for the Gatecrash Network of comedy podcasts, for Crowley & Co., and independently as Caitlin Benedict Productions. UK credits include Ghost City by Tom Crowley at VAULT 2015, Radioman by Felix Trench at The King’s Head Theatre and St James Theatre studio, Monster Hunters by David K Barnes at the King’s Head Theatre and Brydie Lee-Kennedy Loves You Two at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Oscar French, Producer - Oscar is a theatre and film producer based in London. His major credits to date include The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family by Ben Norris at mac birmingham and Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015. He is an associate producer for Crowley & Co, and currently working with Maverick TV on a untitled short film.
Clancy Flynn, Technical Manager - Clancy Flynn is a stage technician and scenographer. She has been the technical manager of the Science Museum, a freelance lighting programmer at the Royal Albert Hall, and an operator of over 1,000 theatre and music events. Her designs have appeared in productions in the UK and internationally, at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, the Edinburgh Fringe, in found spaces and on lots of stages in between.
Anna Driftmier, Set and Venue Designer - Anna is a set and costume designer and builder whose work extends across numerous disciplines and countries including the UK, USA, Spain, and Italy. Design credits include: Dr Hydenshriek's Laboratory (Studio Film School), Arden Creatures (Footfall Theatre), The Legacy (Word Play), Grim: A New Musical (Untold Theatre Company), East O’ the Sun West O’ the Moon (workshOpera), Transfigured Night (re-form productions), sculpture installations at the Barbican Centre, and Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical (Cape Rep Theatre).
Mihaela Bodlovic, Graphic Designer - Mihaela is a freelance photographer, graphic designer and theatre maker based in Scotland. The primary focus of her work is on live performance and events; past commissions include Traverse Theatre, Paines Plough, IdeasTap, The Young Vic, On the Run, Theatre Uncut and Vanishing Point. Her work has appeared in print and digital media in the UK and internationally.
THE CROWLEY & CO. SHOWS
THE AWKWARD GHOST by David K Barnes
Directed and produced by Tom Crowley, designed by Anna Driftmier. The Awkward Ghost is an original, blisteringly funny and incredibly sad comedy from Wooden Overcoats ("A quietly significant moment in British radio comedy" - The Telegraph) creator David K Barnes about a ghost named Jo who really doesn't want to be any trouble.
VALKYRIE - A MOTORWAY ODYSSEY by Felix Trench
A co-production with Oneohone Theatre, directed by Asia Osborne, produced by Oscar French, designed by Anna Driftmier. At once a cosmic myth and a love letter to lives lived on the road, Valkyrie takes a cold, hard stare at life, death and the unintended consequences of not reading the small print. From the writer of Radioman ("A classic fantasy of discovery and nostalgia" ★★★★ - Exeunt).
BEST SERVED COLD by Cordelia Lynn
Directed by Holly Race Roughan, produced by Caitlin Benedict and designed by Georgia de Grey. The Angry Young Man is back, but it's the 21st Century. Best Served Cold is a play about loneliness, anger and masculinity in the modern day from Cordelia Lynn, the acclaimed writer of Lela & Co ("Searing play" ★★★★ - The Guardian).
Venue designer Anna Driftmier is working alongside VAULT Festival's organisers to design a unique space with a warm, welcoming bare wood aesthetic. A motif of wooden crates, used for the promotion and staging of the shows, will create the sense of a set of toyboxes waiting to be opened, containing all the companies and individual talents that Crowley & Co. is bringing together. The scale of the room also allows for a gallery waiting room space, where we'll host art exhibitions, promotional material and a quiet place to relax between shows, all designed to support the Locker's design aesthetic and pique the curiosity of passers-by.
In addition to Crowley & Co.'s shows, The Locker will play host to a total of 16 different productions across its 38 performance slots. These include...
Kieran Hodgson: Lance (Foster's Comedy Award Nominee, ★★★★★ - The Guardian)
Tom Neenan: The Andromeda Paradox ("A gem of a solo show" ★★★★ - The Telegraph)
The London 2012 Closing Ceremony Closing Ceremony by David Callaghan ("One of the happiest moments of my Fringe" ★★★★ - The Scotsman)
Felix Hagan and the Family ("push themselves to the edge of exhaustion to thrill you in every way they can" ★★★★ - God is in the TV)
Sad Faces present The Dawn Chorus ("Excellent sketch trio" ★★★★★ - Three Weeks)
Greywing House by Mary Beth Morossa ("Breathtakingly beautiful" ★★★★ - Views from the Gods)
Wild Bill: Sonnet of a Bardsterd by Michael Longhi ("Delivers an intensely energetic performance, extremely entertaining" - Fringe Review)
The Dead Pirates (Stoner rock quintet fronted by legendary illustrator McBess)
...as well as two exclusive free work-in-progress performances by celebrated companies...
A Bucket of Blood by Tarquin Productions (the team behind Shock Treatment: ("The risk has paid off... I was singing all the way home" ★★★★ - The Times)
Don't Wake the Damp! by Kill the Beast Theatre ("Incredibly, unbelievably funny" ★★★★ - The List)
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
The cost of building a new space and creating three professionally produced shows would be beyond us without your help. Here’s a breakdown of where your money will go.
Our total projected budget is £12,200, broken down as follows:
Rehearsal and Performance Fees = £2508.00
Technical Crew = £1604.00
Writers = £900.00
Original Music Composition = £540.00
Venue Design = £800.00
Marketing = £1040.00
Set and Props = £1500.00
Insurance = £200.00
Contingency = £300.00
Venue Split = 2808.00
We estimate that we can make at least £7,600 from ticket sales for our shows. This is why we need to raise this £5,000 - and possibly more! Any extra money made at the box office will go directly towards topping up the pay of creatives, and allowing us to expand the ambition of our marketing campaign, ensuring that The Locker reaches as many people as possible. If we do really well, we’ll be left with some money to invest in future Crowley & Co projects, which leads us to...
By backing our campaign, you'll not only help Crowley & Co make The Locker a reality, you'll help secure our future as a company. This is a one-time fundraising effort, to give us the boost we need to realise our ambitions. We're an emerging company and we're growing: the next 12 months will see us on tour and in London in a bigger capacity than ever before. It all starts with The Locker.
We'd like to thank Odinn Orn Hilmarsson and Josh Littlewood for their help with making our campaign video, and Radio On for the use of their song 'Don't Wait'.
Risks and challenges
Collaboration is at the heart of Crowley & Co. The clue's in the name. With a good team, like the one we've assembled here, working at a knowledgeable, attentive and supportive venue like the Vaults, no problem is insurmountable. We have the foresight, the venue experience and the work ethic to ensure that this room and the shows within it go off without a hitch. However, that doesn't guarantee that anybody is going to turn up, which is why we have not only our publicity-savvy Crowley & Co. producers, but also our in-house graphic designer and consultant Mihaela Bodlovic to help draw in the heaving, buzzing crowds who congregate at VAULT Festival every year. Work on the production of our new plays, the design of the space and the promotion of the entire season has already begun in earnest, so there'll be a lot more to look at very soon. With this little boost from you and a lot of hard work on our part, we can make the Locker an event which nobody will want to miss.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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