Hello! We are The Outbound Project!
We're a Physical Theatre Company and our aim is to create visually dynamic and exciting theatre combining science and imaginative storytelling.
It's 2057. Planet Earth is on the brink of disaster, a new home needs to be found. Winner of the Les Enfants Partnership Award this exciting new company brings to life the story of Jenny, an unlikely choice for an extraordinary mission. Using slick ensemble movement, puppetry and an original soundtrack The Mission is a fast paced, highly physical and sometimes amusing exploration of mankind's ruthless ambition and endless fascination with outer space.
Created by a new company of East 15 Acting School Physical Theatre Graduates, we are asking you to support our first show and help us make an impact at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and ensure we have a future as a company.
'We went to the moon as engineers; we returned humanitarians...' - Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14
'The Mission' began life in February and after winning the Les Enfants Terribles Partnership Award (LET) in March we became a Graduate Emerging Companies with the New Diorama.
The LET Award has guaranteed us a venue at The Pleasance Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We will be performing at The Pleasance Courtyard at 2.20pm.
The Pleasance Courtyard is one of the most prolific and highly respected venues at the Fringe and this will be a great opportunity for us, as a new company, to showcase our work to the widest possible audience. We need your backing to help get us there and help establish the company within the theatre industry and give us a future platform for the show.
We have already generously received a grant from East 15 Acting School and the University of Essex as well as £1000 from the Les Enfants Terribles Partnership Award. This has allowed us to create and design the show and pay for the deposit on our venue.
With your support we will be able to raise the £5,000 needed to take the show to Edinburgh and run successfully for the month.
Here is a breakdown of the costs:
£3000 Accommodation - We have secured accommodation at a great price for a month in Edinburgh during the Fringe. Renting a three bedroom house for a company of six.
£700 Marketing costs - The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is packed with shows and there is a lot competition. We will be printing environmentally friendly posters and flyers, maintaining a green approach to promotion is important to us. This will also include increasing our online presence, through online adverts.
£300 Travel - to get the company of six (5 actors and technician) as well as the props for the show. We will be doing a Van Share with another company going to the Fringe, however we will not be able to transport the whole company this way.
£300 Props/Show survival kit - Some of our props are quite delicate (inflatable Planets) so it'd be great to have a back ups just in case anything goes wrong. This includes the frames, chairs, costumes and Planets.
£700 - Contingency - It is ALWAYS important to have contingency in case anything goes wrong. If we need extra marketing materials, emergency travel or hidden costs, this would cover all.
Without your support we will not be able to take our show to the Fringe and so your help is very important to us and we have got some wonderful rewards to offer you for your generous contributions.
If you would like to see the show (or if you generously donate £30 and over and want to claim your ticket) we have some Edinburgh Previews which can be found on our website www.theoutboundproject.com, as well as a weeks run at the Greenwich Theatre in early September.
Clifftown Theatre, Southend, 20th June
New Diorama, London, 26th July
Pleasance Above, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 3rd August - 29th August
Greenwich Theatre, London, September
Any amount you can donate will get us one step closer to the Edinburgh fringe festival and sharing our work on this amazing platform. So we will be incredibly grateful for anything you can give (we also have some great incentives by way of thanks)! Thank you for taking the time to look at our page, please share it if you can and we hope to see you at a showing of “The Mission”.
Risks and challenges
Taking a show the the Edinburgh Fringe is a massive risk. However, we have already managed to reduce these thanks to the support we have received from various, well respected organisations. One challenge we face will be getting people to watch the show. However, with names such as Greenwich Theatre, New Diorama, Les Enfants Terribles and East 15 Acting School all behind us, The Outbound Project is already developing a promising reputation and this will help us at the Fringe.We have not yet been to the festival as a company, however, we have been to the fringe independently with shows, working and watching other companies work and so we have a good understanding of the fringe atmosphere and workings. In order to receive the largest possible audience we will be spending our days flying and promoting the show as much as possible. This is something each of us already has experience in.
We have already secured accommodation at an affordable rate and we have a strict budget to ensure every penny we raise is spent wisely. Mentorship from Greenwich Theatre and The New Diorama will also help ensure that we are able to deal with any challenges and are well prepared.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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