WE ARE THE HICCUP PROJECT AND WE ARE TAKING OUR NEW SHOW ‘LOVELY GIRLS’ TO EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL 2019! We need your help to get up there!
We are Cristina and Chess, The Hiccup Project, a multi-award winning Brighton based comedic dance theatre company, creating engaging and innovative work, with a humorous and gritty take on real-life experience. We have five years of experience in making, creating and performing.
“All the best work begins with our deeply personal experiences. The Hiccup Project instinctively dig into that place and find a richly comic and authentically physical world there.” — Ben Duke, Lost Dog Dance
Our third and newest show Lovely Girls has just completed a very successful tour, and now we’re ready and raring to take it to Edinburgh Fringe. The idea for the show began when we realised that we both repeatedly got called ‘the lovely hiccup girls’ in professional environments. Simultaneously, we were also working with lots of groups of young women who seemed so inhibited, so worried about their looks. It got us thinking about the need for women to be likeable, easy-going, friendly, lovely. We started to question what more women can be…
Using our genre-splatting blend of dance, theatre and comedy, Lovely Girls delves into the ridiculous and limiting contradictions and clichés of being a woman today with sharp wit, and laugh out loud humour. Lovely Girls is about finding a voice, a voice that says ‘enough’ to being called lovely and says ‘no’ to being sidelined. It is a poignant, hilarious and truthful journey -where we imagine a world where women can be – and do - whatever they want from carefree adventuring around the world to dreams of sweaty drum playing; it is a celebration of two women, reclaiming their power.
Our successful spring tour of sell-outs and standing ovations had consistently wonderful audience feedback, from men and women alike;
‘a joyful celebration of a way forward into an enlightened future.. funny, clever, empowering and poetic… sharing facets of what it is to be a woman, and what it is to be human’
‘Speaking to all generations, bring your daughters and your sons’
‘the most joyous life-affirming, hilarious portrayal of womanhood I’ve ever seen’
..and fabulous reviews;
★★★★ ‘Unapologetic and empowering’ Epigram Arts
'Sharp, thought-provoking, laugh-out loud funny and breathtakingly energetic.. an important, relevant and urgent issue, and the joy of the Hiccup approach offers audiences a brilliantly entertaining, skilled and engaging show.' Hereford Times
‘An utter delight.. truly reflects the reality and expectations on women in the 21st century’ Ian Abbott : Writings About Dance
… We believe this show has an important message that needs to be shared and Edinburgh Fringe is the place to share it.
TICK TOCK, LOOK AT THE CLOCK… IT’S ABOUT BLOODY TIME WE TAKE IT TO EDINBURGH!
We have been selected by the highly prestigious venue ZOO venues Southside to perform in their Main House for a 15-date run, from the 2nd to the 17th August. The venue is world acclaimed for hosting dance and physical theatre in Edinburgh. The large performance space is perfect for our work with sprung flooring and 200 raked seats, ensuring a brilliant audience and performer experience. A BIG space = BIG opportunities for BIG audiences!
ZOO venues will be providing invaluable and expert marketing support for this run, to help connect us with arts industry and attract audiences, maximising our exposure. In addition, this money will be paying for PR, which will ensure and guarantee that the run is sufficiently publicised, as well as giving us lots of opportunities to attract reviewers.
…but cor, blimey! Edinburgh costs nothing short of an arm and a leg, and this is where YOU come in! It is sadly not possible to apply for an Arts Council grant for Edinburgh Fringe, so Kickstarter is the only way! This opportunity will ONLY be possible if our Kickstarter is successful…
This money we raise will support:
- Accommodation in Edinburgh
- Venue hire
- PR support
- Producer support
- Rehearsal space (to get the show in ship-shape for the run)
- Print (flyers and posters)
The total project is costing us just over £13K (we told you it was a big one!) We have managed to raise almost 40% of total as a company, which is our own investment to the project, but we need your help with the final £8,000! Any money we manage to make from box office sales, by the end of the run, will be put towards paying ourselves something as performers.
Performing our third show Lovely Girls at Edinburgh Fringe at ZOO is a WONDERFUL opportunity, and is THE next best and necessary step for us as a company: to develop further opportunities, gain more reviews, to network with programmers/arts industry and to engage with new audiences. This will be a fantastic chance to elevate our company onto a national and international platform. Supporting us to go to Edinburgh Fringe is supporting our future, to invest in as a company, so that we can continue performing, sharing our work, and to continue expanding and growing as a company. It’s a very special opportunity, which we feel confident will reap fantastic benefits for years to come.
Don't make us swim to Edinburgh - Tina has a slow breaststroke, and Chess gets blue lips! Pledge some money and invest in the future of the Hiccup Project.
A massive thank you for reading, watching (and hopefully sharing/pledging!)All support is greatly appreciated!
Cristina & Chess xx
(and the rest of the team : Fenezuela, Fuschia, Billy, Ted, Daisy-Lou, Becky and Anita – who you’ll meet when you start pledging.)
The Hiccup Project
We met at school as part of an extra-curricular dance company, and trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, living together in Leeds for three years. Chess furthered her trained with JV2. On our return to Brighton in September 2014, The Hiccup Project was born.
Our first shows May-We-Go-Round?, had two five-night sell out runs in Brighton in 2015, including at Brighton Fringe, winning The Pebble Trust Brighton Fringe Award, Fringe Review Award for Outstanding Theatre, South East Dance Space to Dance Award and was shortlisted for the Audience Choice Award. It had a sell out 10 day run at Edinburgh Fringe at Dance Base in 2016. It toured nationally for two years. Our second show ‘It’s Okay, I’m Dealing With It’ was mentored by Ben Duke, and has had two critically acclaimed UK tours. Lovely Girls had dramaturgy from Solene Weinachter, with mentoring support from Bryony Kimmings. We have developed a thriving education programme, ranging from work with community groups to professional level.
Our aim is to create accessible and engaging work that fuses dance and theatre, without comprising either art form, and that can be enjoyed by audiences with any amount of prior experience of theatre and dance. We hope to stimulate and connect to audiences with our real life experiences and stories.
Risks and challenges
Edinburgh Fringe is a huge festival, and it can be hard to attract attention. Our previous experience in 2016 has given us a wealth of experience. As a result of our run in 2016, we made lots of new connections with audiences, venues and industry professionals (which still continues to expand), and we booked a whole 11 date tour for the work, which encourages us to believe very good outcomes will occur from this project.
The size of audience is big, but we are employing PR to make sure we get as much exposure as possible, to ensure that it takes off the ground, as well as a thorough marketing strategy with our Producer, as well as lots of support from the ZOO team.
Injury is also a risk for us as dancers at the Edinburgh. We have factored a large amount of rehearsal time in this budget to get our bodies prepared for the run. A significant reason for us choosing ZOO venues was the sprung floor, which ensures we can perform to our fullest potential. (Keeping us in one piece, so we don’t fall apart by the end of the run!).
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