We are Squabbling House Theatre, a young theatre company from York, England.
We recently enjoyed a three night run and subsequent 6 date tour of our first production, Constellations, our take on the internationally-acclaimed Nick Payne play.
We think it went rather well, but don't take our word for it:
"Ambitious, energetic and gloriously entertaining, Constellations is a promising start for this young company" (The Yorker)
"Theatre at its very best… honest and human" (Stage)
(Additional reviews and responses our available on our website).
We now want to build on that success.
We have two new shows: a production of Blink by Phil Porter and our first piece of original writing: Scratch and we want to take both to the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2018.
We have almost everything in place: venue, accommodation, performance rights, etc. We just need to actually build the show!
That's where you come in (hopefully).
We're asking for £2750, this will go towards covering a few of the many expenses taking a show to Edinburgh incurs.
Here's a breakdown of what your money will go towards:
1. £750. Construction of set, making of costumes, and sourcing the numerous props that our productions of Blink and Scratch demand.
(This cost may decrease as we source certain items for free from surprisingly trusting friends and family members)
2. £500. Publicity. There's no point in producing a show if no one is going to come and see it! A big part of Edinburgh is making yourself seen. This means flyers, lots and lots of flyers, some eye-catching signs and clothing, and the renting of premium advertising space in Edinburgh. These all cost money but are well worth the investment.
3. £500. Equipment. We want to start refining our image as a company by producing high quality, online content for our website. Doing this requires equipment and software that we don't currently possess (cameras, editing software, etc).
We would look to start this immediately, documenting our company's first experience at the Edinburgh Fringe and elevating our online presence beyond what we're currently capable of.
More videos like the one above?! A Squabbling House VLOG?!?! Tell me that isn't worth investing in.
4. £916.14. Actors. We have 5 actors across our two shows and three of these are from outside the company. These 3 are doing us a big favour by coming with us, and although they're willing to work for free, we don't think that's fair.
We've negotiated a profit share with them (bribery), but we're conscious that any large initial costs in getting to Edinburgh could eat into their potential profit margin.
Therefore, the money we raise will go towards covering the actors' share of the accommodation whilst in Edinburgh as this is by far the biggest initial expense. All 10 of us plan to stay in one AirBnB (wish us luck - did you watch the video? That was us after two hours together) which will cost £3053.80 for 17 nights, or £305.38 each and £916.14 for the three actors we're taking with us.
We figure this way the actors won't lose anything by coming with us (except the obvious: sanity, dignity, etc) but they have the chance to make a little something for their time and effort!
This brings the grand total we need to £2666.14. We've rounded this up to £2750, mainly because round numbers are satisfying, but also because:
5. The members of Squabbling House.
In order to give our company the best chance it could get, all 6 members of Squabbling House have not taken any profits from any of our endeavours thus far. This is still the case, but a little help never hurt anyone. There have been a lot of expenses we've had to cover ourselves (car journeys, train tickets, etc) and we'd like to reimburse some of these costs if possible.
Also, living in Edinburgh for two weeks is expensive, so we might use some of the money to buy a big bag of pasta or something.
Risks and challenges
We've already addressed the usual risks of taking a show to Edinburgh (not securing a venue, the performance rights, or a place to stay) and that just leaves the big one:
Making sure people actually turn up.
We're going to overcome this by putting a lot of the money we raise into our publicity campaign: more flyers, more advertising space, and greater presence online and in Edinburgh will hopefully translate to more tickets sold.
In the unfortunate event that it doesn't, the venue is already paid for and there is no minimum ticket number we need to sell. So as disappointing as no one turning up would be, it's not the end of the world (although it is, perhaps, the end of our careers).
In short, this is a risk, but it's a risk with very few repercussions.
If you're still worried about us not selling enough tickets then come see the show yourself! We're at Greenside @ Infirmary street from the 3rd - 18th August!
Please give what you can, any donation will make such a difference! And please share this Kickstarter with as many people as possible!
Thank you for reading
The Squabblers x
(Robbie, Miranda, Hannah, Megan, Amy ... and Tom).
- (19 days)