For Their Own GoodBy: Untied Artists Birmingham
We're a very small project to project funded theatre company with big ambitions. Our new show has been very well received in the development phase and has been invited to be part of the British Council Showcase at Edinburgh Fringe 2013. It's a fantastic opportunity as there'll be 300 or so international promoters on top of the national venue directors who'll be coming with an interest to booking new work.
The snag is Edinburgh is notoriously expensive to be a part of. We're not looking to pay ourselves. Our small, skilled and dedicated team of 4 have agreed to work for expenses only as it's too good an opportunity to miss.
All we're looking for is a small addition to the funds we've already raised to cover venue/fringe/accommodation/travel/subsistence costs.
What is For Their Own Good?
Below is a description of the show including some of the reasons why our venue in Edinburgh is so perfect for our show.
Can examining the way we kill animals tell us anything about how we deal with our own demise?
Combining documentary material from veterinary surgeries, farms, abattoirs, hospitals and homes with beautiful puppetry and new writing this show tells a moving and darkly comic tale about the only certainty in life. Death, how it’s become removed from us as a process, how maybe we should reclaim it.
A work intended for both black box studio theatres and site sensitive venues, the show deals with difficult, topical issues with a lightness of touch. It is funny, visually impressive and aims to be moving without being prescriptive.
With unflinching honesty and an eerily detached workmanship, two knackermen investigate the pitfalls of being high up the evolutionary chain. While dispatching the sick, lame or just plain old their own mortality is suddenly and sharply brought into focus.
While the piece is created for theatres, the company welcome the opportunity to site it in non conventional spaces. The Summerhall’s Demonstration Room presents a perfect example of this. Being located in a former veterinary college, it is the lecture theatre where students would learn how to euthanise horses.
A BITESIZE COMMISSION SUPPORTED BY MAC BIRMINGHAM, WARWICK ARTS CENTRE, BRISTOL FERMENT, CHINA PLATE THEATRE AND THE ARTS COUNCIL OF ENGLAND
21-05-2013 02:17 PM
Hi there, just a quick note to thank all our new backers and keep you informed on our progress.
We're looking forward to the fringe programme coming open on the 30th May, in the run up to the Showcase week we'll be making sure to promote the show to producers, nationally and internationally. We'll also be sending out press releases that make a big point of how apposite the venue is. If you didn't clock it already the Summerhall is a former Vet School, the Demonstration Room is where they would teach students how to euthanise and dissect a horse!. On that note Harry the master puppet buidler has been giving Dobbin some much needed tlc, while the rest of us work on other projects.
Oh yeah, and we'll probably rehearse at some point too!
As ever, thanks so much for your support, if you'd like to contact me with addresses, website details etc in anticipation of receiving your pledge, or ant any other info - go to firstname.lastname@example.org
10-05-2013 02:36 PM
Welcome and thanks!
Hello esteemed and early backers. First of all can i say your willingness to part with hard earned cash for creative projects is admirable.
Secondly i just thought i'd let you know how our ticket pledges will work incase you can recommend this project to friends.
Our 2 free tickets will be available to any show until June 2014 (assuming you don't choose a night someone else has bagged). There are plenty to choose from in the pipeline, including a week long run at a prestigious London festival in Oct/Nov. So look at it as an early booking…
Anyways, here's hoping we reach the target, all the best, Jake