“A satire about arts and funding in a post-BBC, post-sterling world. Two civil servants hunt a dangerous script to stop it infecting a world that’s free of disturbing theatre. They disguise themselves as theatre types and get enmeshed in the glamour. Everyone’s lying for accolades, acceptance and – er – maybe art.”
This is the blurb for Do Not Disturb, the latest to leave my redrafting fingers, ready for a wild world of producers and partnerships. Huge thanks to the talented and generous professionals who gave me a table-read in the summer and those others who’ve given thoughtful feedback on this pacy, satirical beast.
I’m heading into my next work – a very different thing – with Pitlochry Festival Theatre soon, but when I come back, Do Not Disturb will be looking for collaborators. If you think you’d be interested in hearing more, please drop me a line. Be great to hear from you.
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The great chaps at Arts Professional have run a piece on my crowdfunding experience. If you remember, I was aiming to pay professional actors and director to help workshop my quantum mechanics script.
Here’s a link to my original crowdfunding video – https://youtu.be/JTjduZoCWpk
And here’s the piece: happy reading!
I made a film!
I’m relentlessly asking people for MONEY!
And it’s all about that terrier of a play on quantum mechanics (what? you missed me talking about it? Let me help you out:
So – here’s the skinny.
If this was a play in development with a theatre, they would give me/it some dramaturgical (script editor-like) support as well as time with a director and actors to try things out.
I’ve already paid for a brilliant dramaturg, David Lane, to support me through the various drafts (you can read Hannah Silva talking about her similar work with David here.) But I can’t pay for directors, a cast and a rehearsal space. So, I have some choices:
- ask actor mates to do it for free, one night after their day jobs, but knowing there can’t be time for proper thought / exploration
- just send the script as it is to theatres (my best version, but without input from a director/actors), cross my fingers and hope they can see the potential
- get out the sock puppets
- raise the dosh to pay professionals.
So, as you will see in the crowd-funding film, I got out the sock puppets. It didn’t go too well. So I’m fundraising.
If you, or anyone you know, can help me pay real actors – instead of putting a quantum rifle in the hands of a drunken Upsy-Daisy – this script has a far better chance of being the best it can be. AND the wonderful backers / theatre angels get rewards! (Am very happy to talk about extra reward options to anyone!)
Thanks for reading – please, PLEASE feel free to share this page online, pass it or the talent backer page to anyone you think might be interested! Thank you! I’ll be back…..
PS – HAPPY CHRISTMAS and all the v best for 2014.