We've been asked by the Pleasance to bring WHITE to Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018, so we're looking for a little support to make it all happen.
We know that we're not going to get rich by doing Edinburgh Fringe Festival but we hope that it will give us the opportunity to reach more people. By taking the show to Edinburgh, we get to share WHITE with a whole new audience plus we have the chance to make important contacts that we otherwise wouldn't have. Both of these things will push us toward our goal of connecting with diverse communities and bringing together a tour of regional venues next year.
What is it?
A solo show about identity, being a mixed-race black woman and always feeling like an outsider. Combining ‘clever and engaging’ original songs, vocal looping and ‘deliciously current’ dialogue - WHITE carefully considers the concept of mixed-race privilege, tries to connect clashing cultures and explores what it means to grow up mixed in contemporary Britain.
‘[WHITE] is supremely unique and deeply affecting.’ - A Younger Theatre
’Brown approaches the subject unreservedly with humour and a complex personal perspective.’ - 4 stars, National Student
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the single biggest celebration of arts and culture on the planet - to be asked by a venue to take part is a huge honour and we want to make the most of it.
Who's a part of it?
Director - Nicholai La Barrie Nicholai is a director, actor and musician who has worked internationally for the last 20 years. He has directed It Had To Be You for Ragoo Productions, Passport to Posterity for Tiata Fahodizi and award-winning productions of Chatroom and Romeo & Juliet. He has been the Resident Youth Theatre Director at Ovalhouse and is currently Director of Young People and Emerging Artists at the Lyric Hammersmith.
Writer & Performer - Koko Brown Koko Brown is a theatre-maker, spoken word artist and vocal looper. She creates work about being the 'other', mainly focusing on race, mental health, gender, and identity. She has previously performed with the National Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh and Soho Theatre. She is currently an Associate Artist at Ovalhouse and an Alumni Resident Artist at the Roundhouse.
Lighting Design - Martha Godfrey Martha alternates between freelance lighting design and being a venue technician at Ovalhouse Theatre, with a particular focus on queer and female-led theatre. Past work includes: Pecs: The 80s Show (at the Soho Theatre), Moonshine’s Entirely Necessary Adventure (a Magic Maverick production) and Fuck You Pay Me, amongst others.
Project Management - Maeve O'Neill (Rua Arts) Maeve is an independent arts producer, providing project management and mentoring to produce high quality shows, tours and arts projects. Maeve works for artists, theatre companies and venues including Apples and Snakes, Ovalhouse and NIE Theatre. Credits include: The Diary of a Hounslow Girl by Ambreen Razia (2 national tours and Alchemy Festival); The Table by Blind Summit; Screwed by Kathryn O'Reilly (Theatre503); and 3 national tours for poet, Simon Mole.
Why should I support it?
As a small team, we have put everything that we can into this production. Your additional support would mean we would be able to bring the highest quality show to the festival by not having to cut corners.
This show has been supported by the Roundhouse, Ovalhouse Theatre and Arts Council England. We're now looking for additional backing from you, the amazing community of people who engage with and champion the arts. This Kickstarter will contribute to around half the total cost of bringing a show to Edinburgh. (Honestly that's roughly HALF of what it's actually going to cost!) We'll also be fundraising in other ways, such as;
- Selling copies of the play at shows and gigs
- Doing a live performance night in June (details TBA)
- Reinvesting any Box Office profits from current performances back into the production
- Teaching donation-based workshops in creative writing, vocal looping and spoken-word
- Curating and selling a mini-zine featuring mixed-race poets and writers
- Private investments - yeah, I'm talking about my personal savings because I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is.
What does my backing support?
Luckily we've already developed the show and, because we're such a small team, our costs are lower than an average theatre production. Unfortunately that doesn't stop the fact that bringing a show up to Edinburgh is very expensive. We're performing from 15th - 27th August 2018 and will be bringing on a PR Lead to support the project.
When you back this project, you will support us to:
- Pay everyone involved an Equity standard fee for their role in the project
- Provide the same, high-quality show in Edinburgh as we have in all of our London venues
- Market and publicise the show to a new audience
- Engage with local community groups in Edinburgh, as well as other groups outside of London
- Ensure travel to/from Edinburgh are sorted for the team
- Secure accommodation for the 2 weeks that we're up there
- Sleep a little easier knowing that we've got amazing people championing us on this journey
Risks and challenges
The risks for this project are minimal as the show has already been developed with support from the Roundhouse, Ovalhouse Theatre and the Arts Council. This means the necessary pieces are already in place. WHITE has been written, rehearsed and has received 4 star reviews - we are now just looking to get us up there, add a PR Lead to the team and make sure that we can reach as many people as possible.
Although no-one can guarantee a sold out show for every performance, we are ensuring that by hiring a PR Lead and/or placing targeted Facebook, Instagram and Twitters ads we will work to our best ability to reach our creative goal.
We will talk with each backer to make sure that you get the most out of your chosen reward: be that making sure your bespoke piece has the feel you want or ensuring that your intimate gig happens as soon as you'd like.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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