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Step inside Owain's shed to hear the lengths one man will go to for a beautiful garden. A play about obsession, death and horticulture.

Hello everyone! 

Thank you for taking the time to watch our video. There's plenty of information below about our very special and truly exciting project which marks Undeb Theatre's Edinburgh Festival debut. We need all the help we can get so please read on. 

GARDENING: FOR THE UNFULFILLED AND ALIENATED by Brad Birch

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh 

Thursday 1st August – Sunday 25th August 2013

A man struggling under the weight of the modern world finds a self-help book that inspires into gardening. And he’s good at it. Really good. But there’s a dark and violent secret to his success. 

From fast-rising writer Brad Birch (Soho Theatre, Royal Court) comes the world premiere of a bittersweet play about obsession, death and horticulture. 

Undeb Theatre present an intimate storytelling experience for only two audience members at a time.

Step inside Owain’s very own garden shed to hear about one man and the lengths he’ll go to create a beautiful garden. 

Undeb Theatre are known for their use of the unconventional stage. They like to be a little off- kilter. Under the archway, near the Pleasance Grand, there will be a fully decked-out garden shed with half empty tins of paint, gardening tools, flower pots and bags of soil. You’d walk past it without realising that it’s a new theatre venue. But, once you’ve been inside, you won’t be able to talk about anything else. 

This is a limited opportunity to witness something very powerful!

WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES

You're money will help with so many things - but here are the biggest and most important

- Pay for the actors wages!

- Get our creative team up to Edinburgh and accommodate them!

- Support the marketing process ensuring that we make sure as many people come and see the show and experience this important piece of theatre as possible

- And last, and most importantly, it will help us get our shed!

Your support is vital for this production as Undeb Theatre does not currently receive any funding from other organisations.

The money you donate will ensure that this brilliant play and this aspiring company is able to reach it's full creative potential and head all guns blazing into Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013.

WHO WE ARE

Artistic Director: Alexander Vlahos

Alexander is an actor, writer & Artistic Director of Undeb Theatre. Graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 2009, his previous roles as an actor include: 'Privates', 'Merlin' and 'The Indian Doctor' (BBC), Emperor & Galilean (National Theatre), Hamlet (Sheffield Crucible). As a writer, Alex has had worked commissioned by Sherman Cymru, BBC Wales and Big Finish audios. As a director, he has overseen all the productions by Undeb Theatre.

Writer: Brad Birch

Brad is the Writer in Residence of Undeb Theatre and is a member of Theatre503's 503 Five. Over the past five years Brad has had work produced by Theatre Powys, Sherman Cymru, Theatre503, Dirty Protest, the Royal Court, the Arcola and the Lyric. Brad is a graduate of the Royal Court's internationally renowned Young Writers' Programme and subsequent progressions including the prestigious “Supergroup” and was a member of Sherman Cymru's New Writers' and Advanced Writers' groups in 2010. He is currently writing his first novel.

Producer: Francesca Moody

Francesca is the resident producer for Undeb Theatre, having produced Out of Love (White Bear Theatre), The Welsh Atlantis (Latitude Festival) & currently Youth by Brad Birch. She also works as a freelance creative producer and is also the producer for Look Left Look Right theatre company and Associate Producer at SEArED Productions. Recent credits include Mydidae by Jack Thorne (DryWrite/Soho Theatre), JOE/BOY (We Were Here/The Last Refuge), You Once Said Yes (The Roundhouse/LIFT Festival, Manchester Lowry); NOLA (Underbelly/Escalator East to Edinburgh); Not Another Musical, Brimstone and Treacle (Arcola Theatre); Rose, The Ducks (Pleasance Theatre); Teddy and Topsy (Old Red Lion) and Colliery Row (Northern Stage/Washington Arts Centre). My Name is Rachel Corrie (RT Productions/Sphinx/Mull Theatre)

Director: Hannah Bannister 

Hannah is delighted to be directing her debut with Undeb Theatre. Having trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, her directing credits include: Crimble (for Seasonal at the Old Red Lion), Trapp (OVNV 24 hour plays), A Muse of Fire (Riverside Studios) and Best Men for Little Pieces of Gold Festival (Southwark Playhouse). Assistant Director Credits: The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre), Longing (Hampstead Theatre), Jumpy (Royal Court and Duke of York’s Theatre), Tiger Country and The Stock Da’Wa (both for Hampstead Theatre).

About Undeb Theatre


Founded in 2009, Undeb is a Welsh new writing theatre company committed to establishing strong relationships between Welsh artists and the rest of the world. They are dedicated to extraordinary storytelling that focuses on the event, the audience, the experience. Above all they seek to produce innovative, 'blink and you'll miss it' theatre by commissioning new and established writers that excite them. Past productions: The Project: Ten Feet Tall, Christmas Collaboration: Cardiff Arts Institute, The Project – A Valentines Special: Cardiff Arts Institute, Cardiff Assembly with NATIONAL THEATRE WALES, Cardiff Identity Festival: Cardiff Arts Institute, Straight by Neil Bebber: Tactile Bosch, Undeb – Velepmont: Milgi Warehouse, Out of Love by Alexander Vlahos: White Bear Theatre and The Welsh Atlantis by Marged Parry: Latitude Festival. 

For more information please visit: 

www.undebtheatre.com.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We believe that a project without risk is a project not worth pursuing - and it's that which makes Undeb Theatre a company worth supporting.

For any theatre company, however big or small, fully financed, or like us; with no money, taking a show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a massive challenge, but it's these same challenges that drive our wonderful team and with your help we know we can create something truly original.

Our biggest challenge is ensuring that we honour the potential of this show by bringing all the elements together in the best way we can - physically creating the world of the show with a designer, production manager and stage manager to make sure that when we do invite people inside they've never experienced anything quite like it.

We have got ourselves a team that can handle just about anything - from day one of rehearsals through to the final show in Edinburgh. We know that there will be bumps along the way but we plan to manage them as efficiently as we can by being prepared. We have learnt from past mistakes and will continue to learn from the ones we make now. That's part of the journey.

We're also lucky enough to be a theatre company that is surrounded by a huge network of other companies, directors, actors and producers that have done this before and are willing to help us along the way.

Thanks for taking the time to look at our page and helping us reach our goal... We can't wait to get started!

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