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Blood Orange

BLOOD ORANGE is a new one woman play, exploring themes of love, loss and childhood trauma through the eyes of a junior doctor in A&E

Blood Orange

BLOOD ORANGE is a new one woman play, exploring themes of love, loss and childhood trauma through the eyes of a junior doctor in A&E

£1,622
pledged of £1,500pledged of £1,500 goal
41
backers
15days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, December 4 2019 11:30 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to come to my Kickstarter page and watch my video. 

My name is Tania Amsel, I am the writer & performer and Blood Orange, my new one-woman play that explores themes of love, loss and childhood trauma through the eyes of a junior doctor in A&E at Christmas time!

You can be a part of Blood Orange's success by becoming a supporter and donating to this kickstarter campaign today!

 Check out the Blood Orange Website for more details. 

 (Photo by: Photography by Mildred)


 BLOOD ORANGE

Written and Performed by Tania Amsel

Directed by Hamish MacDougall

The Old Red Lion Theatre, London, 10th December 2019 – 4th January 2020

BUY TICKETS HERE: https://www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk/blood-orange.html

It’s Christmas Eve in Swansea A&E and Amy has just vomited all over a hot doctor’s shoes. Amy is not a patient at the hospital. She’s a junior doctor.

Hoping to secure a transfer to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, Amy can handle the long hours, the overtime, and even the shame of vomiting on her colleague, but when assigned to the case of a boy with cancer, Amy is confronted with childhood memories she thought she’d forgotten and the pressure begins to take its toll.

When helping others is at the heart of your career, what happens when you are suddenly the one that needs help? 

In 2016 I read a survey by Mind in which nearly 90% of NHS primary care workers surveyed found their work life stressful, with 1 in 5 saying it has led them to develop a mental health problem.

The figures stunned me, as I'm sure it does you, and was one of the reasons I felt compelled to write Blood Orange.

Since then I have done more research into NHS and mental health, in particular Junior Doctors and the pressure of a job where you’re giving 100% of yourself, rescuing sick people who are at their most vulnerable, emotionally and physically.

All that ‘giving’ coupled with the negative stories in the press, takes its toll on medical staff which is what’s highlighted in Blood Orange.

The other important topic in the play is cancer and I wanted to emphasise the longer term effect a serious illness can have on loved ones and family.

That’s absolutely not to say this a play is without humour and laugh out loud moments because, as in life, the darker times intertwine with the funny, silly moments which in a strange way makes us feel more alive.

‘The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it’.

I wanted to write a story from the perspective of one person, Amy, as an example of the thousands working in the NHS. By making it personal and relatable, the audience join in Amy’s journey exploring her past which is inextricably linked to her stressful life in a hospital A&E department and what the future may look like.

  The idea of Amy’s story has actually been with me for much longer: a strong sister bond and losing someone very dear; that’s a good start for a heartfelt story, added to this a below the radar struggle with my own mental health and the compulsion to write this play in this way was inevitable.

 I hope Amy will convey the feistiness she feels yet her vulnerability is what makes her strong to do her job and live her life with all its highs and lows.

Our aim is to make an amazing memorable play that speaks to the senses:

To HEAR not only Amy’s words but also a soundscape of hospital confusion, London madness, and get a glimpse inside Amy’s head where there’s love, guilt, grief and relief followed by big Christmas fun!

To SEE the visual effects that create an atmosphere both in the hospital, in London and also inside Amy’s head.

To SMELL (imagination!) the Hospital but also Amy’s fear of discovering something is very wrong with her sister.

To FEEL Amy’s determination and wavering, her feistiness and vulnerability, her loss and discovery, and ultimately her relief and letting go....

A bit more detail on two of our wonderful rewards. 

Drawing of Dogs is offering these 2 prints shown below:

Link: Drawing of Dogs Website

Brilliant deal going on Photoshoots with Tania Gardner Photography - £50 off the normal price! 

Link: Tania Gardner Photography Page

Risks and challenges

For those who are unfamiliar with Kickstarter, we need to make the total of £1500, if we don't make the target we don't get a penny. No pressure there then!

So please, no matter how big or small, all contributions are hugely appreciated!

Unfortunately creating and running a show like this is incredibly expensive, and we need to hit our Kickstarter target before December, otherwise we stand to lose thousands of pounds, even with good box office sales.

In addition to that of course it would not only be wonderful for you to come to Blood Orange and to see you in the pub after but it’s actually really important to have an audience! For me, the sole performer, to tell a story is a two-way thing: I can’t do it without you! So please come, enter into a festive theatre (it is Christmas after all) and join me in exploring Amy’s story.

To say that I am grateful for all your support is a gigantic understatement. I think you’ve probably realised by now how much this means to me.

See you at the Old Red Lion in December!

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    A Stitch in Clemetine saves nine...

    Have your name written in beautiful calligraphy on a label and stitched onto a Christmas Orange for your donation to 'Blood Orange'! We will use your personalised pomander as a decoration on our Christmas trees at theatre. We'll send you a high definition photo of it, but you can also collect it when you come and see the show!

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    As well as the above you will receive a complimentary ticket to the show, and a Blood Orange Christmas card from Tania!

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    You are truly awesome, you have made the grade!
    Receive 2 beautiful prints by well known Instagram artist @drawingsofdogs. These images of anthropomorphic animals and objects that pithily articulate social justice themes look great in an 8 inch square frame and if you choose this reward you get not one, but two beautiful pieces of art for your wall.

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    * Two of an open edition of giclée prints. Printed on 300gsm lightly textured, acid-free cotton rag paper. The printed area (excluding the border) is 15cm x 15cm.
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    General Practioner

    You are legend, consider yourself as a fully qualified member of the Blood Orange Team!
    You will receive a voucher for a PROFESSIONAL PHOTOSHOOT to be redeemed in the new year!
    Perhaps you need new headshots? Or want a lovely family portrait? New born photos, or a fashion shoot! Tania is a professional photographer and will customise the shoot to your requirements, guaranteed to make you look fabulous!
    You will also be listed as a PATRON in the programme and on our website!
    AND get a Ticket for the show.
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    Senior Consultant

    Wow thank you, you are the top of the team! Consider yourself an honorary Orange!
    As well as the above you will be listed as a GOLD PATRON in the programme and on our website and will be invited to join Tania at the Press Night for complimentary post show drinks. You will also be the proud owner of a signed and framed Blood Orange Poster.

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    • 2 x tickets for Blood Orange
    • Invitation to Press Night for drinks and networking
    • A signed and framed Blood Orange poster
    • Voucher for professional photoshoot
    • A Blood Orange Christmas card
    • A personalised Christmas Pomander in the show
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