As You Like It in the Park
Summer, sun, and Shakespeare are an excellent combination that the Crouch End Players will be bringing together, from the 13th-16th August 2014, with our production of As You Like It in Priory Park, Crouch End. With Dukes and shepherds, fools and goats, all falling in love in the Forest of Arden, As You Like It is a romantic comedy that is never better than when played in the open air.
Although Regent's Park Open-Air Theatre would obviously love to have us, our aim has always been to bring high-quality theatre to our local community in north London. We have, therefore, set ourselves the ambitious task of, not only, bringing this delightful play to life, but building a performance venue on the bowling green of Priory Park. And this is why we need your help.
We aim to create a magical Forest of Arden to bring the play to life for our audience, as well as put on a great local event for everyone to enjoy on a summer evening. But, nothing kills the enjoyment of watching a play with a pimms than a lack of toilets!
"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players" Jaques, As You Like It
Turns out, all the world is NOT in fact a stage. Building one on a bowling green, as well as hiring the seating, lighting, sound equipment, toilets and generator to power it all, is actually really expensive.
In the 6 years since the Crouch End Players formed, we have performed in churches, schools, cafes, pubs, bookshops, and even a Territorial Army drill hall. We have always tried to produce a professional show, while keeping the cost of a ticket low or even free!
We are constantly overwhelmed by the audiences that come to our shows, with over 800 people attending some of our larger productions. For this reason, we don't want to make our ticket prices prohibitively expensive, particularly for the many families who enjoy our plays.
In order to put on this ambitious production and keep our tickets prices low (adults £12, children £6), we need your help to ensure we can cover some of the following costs:
Council Fees £425Toilets Hire £1300Lighting £1000Generator £400Raked Seating £2760St. John’s Ambulance £50Publicity Poster/Flyers £165Stage hire + base £700Props £100Programme printing £180Costumes £300
We are looking at a variety of ways to raise the necessary funds. Haringey Council have generously awarded us a grant of £1,000 and we are hoping to secure another £3,000 from other local funders and businesses.
We need to at MINIMUM to raise another £2,000 of crowdfunding. We would be so grateful if you would help us reach and hopefully exceed our target.
Pledging is not without rewards. A donation is also an excellent way to get your ticket for As You Like It and interval drink in advance, while being instrumental in making this show happen. For example:
A pledge of £20 = £12 ticket + £3 drink + £5 donation
The Crouch End Players
The Crouch End Players was started by a group of north London residents with the purpose of making great theatre and new friends in their local community. After a few false starts, our first production was an unperformed work by RSC actor and playwright Tom Kempinski, The Princess of Wales (a stylish, Regency comedy). It was really well-received by local audiences and West End producers alike.
Over the years our productions have been diverse, from large pantomimes to short plays in local pubs. In the past year alone, we have produced Oscar Wilde's farce "Lord Arthur Saville's Crime", James Graham's 2010 play "A History of Falling Things", and a version of the RSC's "Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass", as well as numerous free shows for the Crouch End Festival.
With consistently successful performances over the years, we have grown quickly into a group with roughly 50 active members. We have an open policy and our membership includes people of all ages, from across Haringey and other London boroughs. The majority of our members are professionals in various fields, who donate their time, expertise, and talents to create our fantastic shows.
We receive excellent feedback from audience members through word of mouth and social media. These are just a few tweets from recent shows:
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