'Cherry' is a show produced by Loose Cannon Theatre aiming to challenge the notions of virginity that exist, not using the words of playwrights, but words from real people; it is a show built upon diverse and unique experiences, collected by people with years of experience.
Every day notions of sexuality and virginity influence us. There is an increasing expectation to lose your virginity quickly, or be labelled as a bore; and at the same time to treasure it, but then be stigmatised for losing it too late. Coupled with sexual orientation, STD's, religion and culture, the topic of virginity is often shied away from.
'Cherry' aims to tackle this by showing that virginity means something different for everyone and that people shouldn't buckle under social pressures. Whether you are young, old, English, religious, gay, trans, depressed, deeply attached to your virginity, male or female, each person's experience with virginity is unique and people need to realise that.
Within the first three days of announcing our project, over 25 000 words were submitted anonymously from people of different backgrounds; ranging from people living in Saudi Arabia, to people who lost their virginity in the 1970s, those who lost their virginity when extremely young, to those who are happily virgins in their later life. This alongside dozens of recorded interviews, and many more lined up with religious figureheads, sex-ed teachers, parents and grandparents, means that 'Cherry' is working towards covering as many stories as possible, to make the show as interesting as it can be. The anonymity of the process has meant that all of the submissions have been extremely honest and raw, capturing the stories of people who often have not discussed their virginity openly.
Stylistically, 'Cherry' will borrow elements from physical theatre, using the movement of actors to accompany the excellent script to bring the show to life. Through a creative use of light, shadow-work and movement, 'Cherry' will have a unique, attention grabbing aesthetic which will heighten the meaning of the words.
Half the work is getting a script and talented actors (this has been done!), the other half is being able to fund the show! So firstly, where will the money go?
1. Printing and Marketing Costs
- Cherry shaped flyers
- Printing reviews
- Buying Haribo cherries
2. Light and Sound:
- Buying extra lamps for lightings
- PAT testing lighting
- PRC license
- Editing material from the Royal Mile
3. Props and Set:
- Beds, sheets, pillows
- A bed and mattress
- Baggy T-Shirts
- Money for Costume Designers to develop ideas
- Buying fuel to transport things up to the Fringe
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