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Help Prospero take its Dark Retelling of the "Red" story to Edinburgh! The Forest breathes and waits...will you join us?
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ABOUT OUR PROJECT

A Dark and Dramatic re-telling of the Red Riding Hood tale, Red and the Wolf is set against the backdrop of war, blurring the lines between the fantastical origins of the story and the harsh realities of conflict.

Our protagonist and heroine, Red, is a girl on the verge of being a woman, her childhood devoured by the war as well as the wolves in the forest. Our grandmother, Cheddi Rostok, has echoes of Brecht’s Mother Courage, but underneath the greed lies a stark and ugly compassion. 

Red (Rebecca Emily Riley) takes possession of the infamous cloak from Grandmother Cheddi (Roisin Potter)
Red (Rebecca Emily Riley) takes possession of the infamous cloak from Grandmother Cheddi (Roisin Potter)

And the forest itself; this is the heart of our play. The forest is alive, it lives, it breathes and it waits. The forest bridges and embodies the two realities of the play. It is inhabited by the ghosts of children murdered in the conflict, and its predators are both soldiers and wolves.

Red and the Wolf blurs the lines between fantasy and reality.
Red and the Wolf blurs the lines between fantasy and reality.

Red and the Wolf is the result of a devising process which involved Prospero’s entire community theatre company. From Director Beth Wood: “We wanted to do something powerful and relevant. We workshopped lots of plays and ideas and were really excited by the possibilities offered by the tale of Red.”

The £4000 that we are raising through this Kickstarter is to fund the design of the piece and the costs of the set, props and costumes. Our designer Jill Wilson has done some remarkable first sketches. 

There are a few strong and effective set pieces to be built, trees that meld into guns, the Juniper tree where Red’s mother was taken by the soldiers, bones. The costumes too will be simple but strong, allowing the transition from war to dark fairy tale, from ghost children to rebels, from soldiers to wolves.

RaTW's Female Cast in some preliminary costume designs.
RaTW's Female Cast in some preliminary costume designs.

And finally it will buy us a few small technical pieces, 3 moving lights and gobos to ensure that the look and feel of the piece is as powerful as the play itself.

Prospero is a very special theatre company because it has inclusion at its very heart. This does not diminish the creative and artistic ambition; quite the opposite.

Members of the wider Prospero Company during an early table read
Members of the wider Prospero Company during an early table read
The cast (Featuring John Hooper and Sergio Taddia) during a recent rehearsal.
The cast (Featuring John Hooper and Sergio Taddia) during a recent rehearsal.

About half our actors have a disability. Whilst this shapes our work it doesn’t limit it. The commitment and imagination of each and every member of our company powers the creative process. We’ve often found that the perceptions and life experiences of our disabled actors broadens the palette that we can use and takes us to places that we couldn’t otherwise have gone.

Artistic Director Beth Wood
Artistic Director Beth Wood

Beth Wood, Artistic Director of Prospero has scripted the play from the devised work of the group and is directing the production. Beth is a specialist in inclusive theatre. She has worked for twenty years with regional and London based companies including three residential posts, most recently as Artistic Director of the Arc Arts Centre in Caterham.

Risks and challenges

This Kickstarter runs alongside a series of fundraising events which will pay for our venue costs. We are therefore confident that our journey to Edinburgh will happen. The nature of that journey will be determined by this campaign. The money raised will allow it to be an extraordinary production in every way; a piece of exceptional theatre that the audience will remember for years to come.

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    THANK YOU!

    As a special thanks for your contribution to our project, your name will be featured on ProsperoTheatre.com under a special Red backers page!

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    An EXTRA Special RED Thank You!

    Have your name featured on both the ProsperoTheatre.com website AND in the Red and The Wolf program, handed out to Attendees in Edinburgh!

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    EXPERIENCE RED AND THE WOLF

    In addition to the first two reward tiers, you will also receive two tickets to Red and The Wolf at either our Caterham, London or Edinburgh shows.

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    A VERY SPECIAL PROSPERO GIFT

    In addition to the first three reward tiers, you will also recieve a signed photo of the Red and The Wolf Cast!

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    HAVE A MEAL WITH THE CAST!

    In addition to the first four reward tiers, you'll also be invited to join the cast for an evening! Come and join us for dinner, chat about Red and The Wolf, and meet the amazing Prospero Team (Only available in the London, UK Area)

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    GET AN EARLY PREVIEW OF RED

    You and a friend are invited to Prospero's rehearsal space for an early look at Red and The Wolf! Be one of the first people in the UK to watch the Prospero Team perform this amazing piece of theatre! (Only Available to backers from the UK, Includes Reward Tiers 1 through 4)

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    THEATRE MASTERCLASS

    Join Beth Wood, our Artistic Director, and select members of the Prospero Cast, for a Theatre Masterclass! Choose from either Acting, Directing, or Technical Theatre. A truly unique experience (Limited to Backers in the UK, Includes Reward Tiers 1-4)

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    HAVE RED PERFORMED AT YOUR BUSINESS OR VENUE!

    The Prospero cast and crew will come to your local business or venue and perform Red and The Wolf in its entirety! This is a very limited experience, so get in quick!
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    THE ULTIMATE RED EXPERIENCE

    Come with us to Edinburgh to see Red Live! Including transport, accommodation and tickets to the show. Meet the cast after the show for photos. A very special reward.
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Funding period

- (30 days)