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£234
pledged of £1,500pledged of £1,500 goal
6
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, May 24 2019 4:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

We are raising funds towards getting our show 'Jerry & the Adventures of the HMS Stargazer' developed and performed for a run at this year's 2019's Edinburgh Fringe!


What's the show?

Jerry & the Adventures of the HMS Stargazer’ is an original devised TIE (theatre in education) show for families and their young children. 

In 18th Century London during a time of great exploration, we meet Amy Sparrows, a young girl who has a big dream of seeing the world like her idol, the first female French explorer Jeanne Baret. Meanwhile Captain Samuel Evans is fresh off Captain Cook’s voyage abroad and is about to set off on his own solo adventure to Australia and prove himself as an pioneer. After skilfully tricking Sam into letting her travel with him, Amy stumbles upon a small, furry stowaway who has accidentally travelled over from Cook’s voyage. Jerry, a tiny Australian Koala just wants to find his way back home! As the crew make their epic adventure across the world, they will discover what it means to be brave, respect other cultures, and learn the true meaning of being home. 

This show is created with the intention to educate our young audiences about history and geography through storytelling, and zoology through puppetry. 

A wonderful addition we are looking forward to offering is a workshop for children called ‘Physical Theatre and Becoming the Puppet’, which will be provided after one of our Edinburgh shows. The workshop lets participants explore performance by using their bodies and teaches basic puppetry skills. There is also an opportunity to create your own puppet from recycled materials to take home and continue the adventure.  

Who are we:

Founded by two female creatives who originally met through the female and non-binary online platform 'Bossy', Poppet theatre's mission is to create playful work that entertains and educates young people. We strive to encourage our audiences to think bigger and indulge in imagination. 

Helena Collins O'Connor
Helena Collins O'Connor

Helena Collins O'Connor is an Actor, Scenic Artist and Drama Facilitator who has always held a passion for theatre. Her main areas of focus include devised theatre, physical theatre and character development. Stemming from a working class background in London Helena trained at both Bath Spa University and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where she fell in love with devising and has always held the belief that the arts should be enjoyed by all. She is currently working as a Historical Actor at an immersive scare attraction which presents horrible histories style shows to audiences and as a Drama Facilitator with Thrill Education delivering the best Spy training to children in schools through life skills. Helena is also developing a selection of workshops for children based on theatre, confidence building and devising.


Jessica Barrett
Jessica Barrett

Jessica Barrett is a Director, Performer, and Writer with a love of comedy, improvisation, and creating work with young people. Jess trained at both the University of Kent and the University at Buffalo, New York. Jess has a background in producing community participation projects, notably co-writing and directing a series of shows for the Youth Theatre programme at the Theatre Royal Margate, Kent (Frankenstein, Screwloose, and Stage Fright). She also has experience of developing theatre for children and families in a recent adaptation of Alice in Wonderland (Alice Curiouser and Curiouser, The Gulbenkian Theatre).  


How this all started...

In November last year Helena was fortunate to get the opportunity to go to Australia. When visiting Black Butt Nature Reserve, she saw a Koala puppet for sale. 

'I've always loved puppets as a child and have worked with them so it felt like a no brainer. I called the Koala Jerry and as puppets go he is incredibly adorable and likeable to everyone that has encountered him'.

This got Helena thinking, what if Jerry could be shared in a performance venture with the world and still do something educational for children? The story of Jerry's journey back to the homeland was born, creating a tale full of adventure with wonderful teaching moments that audiences will take home with them. 

What's happened so far?

The show is in full swing! On the premise of the show itself, we have secured a week-long run at The Space at the Edinburgh Fringe. We are also currently in the midst of organising a schools tour in North London. We received rave responses from a young school audience after debuting our two lead puppets at a World Book Day event and have been fully supported by the Director of The Space about the potential of our show, so we feel the Edinburgh Fringe will be a wonderful platform for us. 

And Finally, Why We Need YOU!

We still have a lot to do before we set off for Edinburgh. With your help we can fund the creation of our gorgeous puppets! We also need some extra funds to help us pay for getting up to the Fringe and accommodation for our 9 shows!

Any generous donations will be greatly appreciated by this emerging theatre company. As two young creatives this project is very close to our hearts as it is grounded in youth community work. Our joint past projects working with young people has deepened our understanding of how critical involvement in the arts is for these ages and how they help in all fields of learning.

Risks and challenges

Due to being an emerging theatre company, we are looking to produce the show in the most cost effective manner. We have applied for Arts Council Funding to help us with this and the Bright Spark Foundation for a grant. Even though we are aware that producing new original work is always a monetary challenge, we have full believe that our show and our company's ethos will attract families, schools, and children to our work.

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    Thank you card from Jerry the Koala and the crew of the ship, along with a painting from the show

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