The Gideon and Hubcap Show is Gideon Irving and Hubcap Sloan, two wandering wastrels who perform their guerilla vaudeville act in living rooms across America, from Mendocino to Sheepshead Bay. Our show features music, what-the-huh??s, and death-defying acts of friendship. We tour with a menagerie of instruments including guitar, banjos, harmonium, shruti box, water organs, accordion, jaw harp, clack amore, ocean harp, doodads, whatnots, and hey-nows. It's a potpourri of songs, stories, and theatrical curiosities that audiences have called “a beautifully orchestrated trainwreck” and “the least boring thing I’ve ever seen.”
Having played in homes in the US, we are excited to start building an international network of homes and hosts. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, the largest arts festival in the world, is the perfect place to make connections with audiences from around the globe and to get some great press in the process. By way of our collaboration with acclaimed theater producer Staci Levine we have secured a dynamite spot at the Underbelly, one of the most popular venues at the festival, playing there every night from Aug 5th to 23rd at 10:55pm.
In order to stand out from the roughly 3,000 acts at The Fringe, we've signed on with SFTW - a production company with extensive experience at The Fringe. In working with them we have access to professional marketing and press teams that understand what we do and know how to draw an audience.
Bringing this show to The Fringe is a huge undertaking. We need to cover travel for Gideon and Hubcap and our prodigiously versatile production assistant Coire Williams, baggage fees, props, insurance, marketing, UK-based general manager and press agent, the venue rental fee, housing, and more. We have already privately raised a good deal of these funds. This Kickstarter will bring us the rest of the way.
Our remaining budget breakdown is as follows (all figures in pounds sterling):
Travel + Housing
- Airfare 2,700
- Extra bag fees 350
- Housing 2,500
Venue + Insurance
- Venue rental 2,500
- Insurance 250
- UK Press Agent 1,000
- Poster/flyer printing + distribution 600
Total £10,900 ( = $15,547 )
Gideon Irving plays shows in peoples homes. His collaboration with the Foundry Theater, Living Here, was featured in The New Yorker and named a New York Times and Time Out critics' pick. He has toured through homes across New Zealand on a bicycle with a trailer of instruments, on Roller Blades while pushing a modified shopping cart across NYC and in a Subaru across the US and Canada. He describes his music as Stove Top Folk and he describes Stove Top Folk as a bit of this and some of that. Much more at mynameisgideon.com.
Hubcap Sloan is a musicologist, composer, educator and performer currently writing a dissertation on nightclubs in Harlem during the late 1920s and early 1930s. Among his recent exploits, he scored the award-winning film Slomo and hosts the pop music podcast Switched on Pop. Check him out at neatsloan.com.
Staci Levine of Groundswell Theatricals, is a NYC-based producer and general manger. She has produced on Broadway, in the West End, and on tour, but believes nothing is groovier than bringing shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Coire Williams was raised in a family of diverse and creative vocations, and is an artist whose choice of mediums has evolved to include drawing, painting, sculpting, musical instruments, stop-motion animation, drystone work, landscaping and fine woodwork. See his work at coirewilliams.com.
Risks and challenges
Producer extraordinaire Staci has taken shows to the Fringe before, as well as Broadway and around the world providing invaluable experience. The challenge is to give every audience and each other every thing we have every night, to leave all on the stage and to come back the next night and do it all again. That's hard, but we love doing it. The biggest risk at The Fringe is not being able to acquire an adequate audience, this is why we are investing in a premium publicity and marketing team to the degree we know is necessary for this festival.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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