Welcome to our Crowdfunder campaign for Kicked in the Sh*tter by Leon Fleming.
What is the play about?
Depression. Sanctions. Anxiety. Self harm. Back to work. Substance Abuse. JSA. AA. ESA. FA. PIP. It’s grim out there. It’s grim everywhere.
Sibling love and sibling dependency; Kicked in the Sh*tter is a tale of brother and sister struggling to live with mental health difficulties amidst the labyrinthine wreckage of a decayed welfare state.
This isn’t poverty porn; there’s nothing sexy about despair.
Life is pretty shit when you’re trapped in a forever darkening world of incompassionate government policy with no way out. Holding on to each other might be the only thing stopping you drown. Leon Fleming’s new play is a story of struggle and hope for those who fall through the cracks today and every day.
Despite its sometimes heavy subject matter, Kicked in the Sh*tter is also a play that has a lot of lightness and is about how sibling relationships develop, childhood squabbles and aspirations. Even though it is set in Birmingham, the situations in the play are lived in by many other people throughout the UK, therefore giving it a national relevance.
Kicked in the Sh*tter is co-commissioned by Theatre in the Mill, Bradford and comes from the team that created the ★★★★★, award nominated West End hit Sid.
Why is important to stage this play?
Mental Health affects one in four people, so one of the aims is to facilitate a more open discussion about mental health and allow people to feel that they can reach out and talk to others when they are in need of help or support.
As mentioned, we’ve decided to set the piece in Birmingham which is very important to me. Being from the Midlands, I feel that there is a real lack of Midlands voices outside of the region that are seen or heard on stage. Therefore representing regional voices on stage is another important reason for presenting this play.
Kicked in the Sh*tter is also a play about struggle and we wanted to show, in a truthful way, how those from low income families might find it difficult to cope with their circumstances, but also ensure that is it authentic and not stereotyped.
Where will the production be on?
The production runs from 21st March until 8th April at The Hope Theatre (Tuesdays-Saturdays at 7.45pm). We then transfer the production to Theatre in the Mill Bradford, for one performance on 6th May.
About our previous production, Sid
★★★★★ “A masterpiece” London Theatre1
★★★★★ “This show needs to become a permanent fixture in the west end” West End Wilma
★★★★★ “Hard-hitting and frankly fantastic.” Carns Theatre Passion
★★★★★ “Theatrical grunge at lethal levels of concentration.” Grumpy Gay Critic
How You can Can Help
Kicked in the Sh*tter has received some financial support from Theatre in the Mill and we have been able to cover the initial costs so far, but we need your help!
As you can imagine the costs of putting on a theatre production are high, and your generous contribution to this play will help directly towards paying our actors, director and other creatives, rehearsal space, transportation to and from Bradford, accommodation in Bradford, set, costume and props.
Any contribution you make to the project is greatly appreciated. Whether you give a fiver, or pledge to have the production come to you, we hope you'll find a donation level that will suit your pocket. Check out the pledges on offer, and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.
PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE HOPE THEATRE OR THEATRE IN THE MILL ABOUT THIS CAMAPIGN AS THEY ARE NOT ASSOCIATED WITH IT.
Producer 5pound5 Theatre in a co-commission with Theatre in the Mill
Writer Leon Fleming
Director Scott Le Crass
5pound5 Theatre wants to give a platform to regional voices and to those who are not heard or understood. We aim to present dynamic work that is clear, though provoking and engaging. We want the voice in our work to be authentic, distinctive and above all passionate.
About the writer
Leon is originally from Castleford in West Yorkshire, and is now based in Leeds.
He is working with director Scott Le Crass again on Kicked in the Shitter as a continuation of their working partnership of the last few years, including: Sid (Arts Theatre, London West End, regional tour including Sherman Theatre, Cardiff and Jersey Opera House; 2015: Rabbit Hole Theatre/Camden Fringe Festival); Ode to Sid (One Festival/The Space) and 125: The Man on the Clapham Omnibus (Omnibus).
Leon’s other work includes: What Should I Be? and Our Lives Apart (Bradford City Council for LGBT History Month 2017), Jungle Heat (Actorshop, Hackney Empire); The Adventures of Sinbad the Sailor (Rage Arts, UK schools tour); Boris Got Buggered (STAGEPUNK/Brown Kettle, The Black Cap); Come to Where I’m From (Paines Plough, Jersey Opera House); Dinner at Pharaoh’s Table, Birdsong (Jersey Arts Trust, Jersey Arts Centre); The Boy Next Door (Jersey Arts Trust, BBC Radio Jersey); Monkeys in Toy Town (New Mercury Theatre, Crescent Theatre Birmingham).
He is three-time winner of the Jersey Arts Trust New Plays Project (2010-2012) and the Channels Islands Radio Drama Competition (2010).
About the director
Scott Le Crass
Scott comes from Birmingham and trained as an actor at Arts Ed.
He was a director on the Birmingham Rep’s first Foundry Programme.
For Sid (also by Leon Fleming), he was nominated for an Offie and Broadway World award for best director, for its run at Above the Arts.
Director- Writenight (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch), Macbeth (The Valley of The Rocks), Sid (Arts Theatre, Sherman Cymru, Jersey Opera House), Every Seven Years (New Wimbledon Theatre Studio/Theatre Bench/Illuminate Festival), Vintage Humans (Southwark Playhouse/The Equilibrium), The Star Spangled Girl (Volcano Theatre), Cancel The Sunshine (Hope Theatre), See Bob Run (Bread and Roses), Cousins Grimm and Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime (Page to Stage/Tristan Bates), The Killing of Sister George (London Theatre Workshop), Open House (Birmingham Rep and tour), In A Better Place (Hotel Pelirocco/Brighton Fringe), The Bad Mood (Rich Mix/TROUPE Collective), The New Adventures of The Wind in the Willows and The Following (Doughnut Productions), Ode to Sid (One Festival/The Space), Diary of a Madman (Omnibus/Jack Studio), Bookends (Etcetera), The Real Inspector Hound (Upstairs at the Gatehouse/Camden Fringe), Boris Godonov, Marriage, Flight, Mandrake (Jack Studio), At War (The Equilibrium/Southwark Playhouse), My Number 1 Favourite Lesbian by Tom Wells (Arcola/Outbox), La Mastication des Morts (Camden Peoples Theatre), 35 Black Suits (Hidden Histories/Rep 100, Old Rep, Birmingham), Macbeth (Greenwich Playhouse), Work and Vision of Pride (Golden Delilah/Theatre 503).
Assistant Director- Coming Up (Watford Palace), The King’s Speech (Chichester/Birmingham Rep/UK Tour), A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Rep), Von Ribbentrop's Watch (Oxford Playhouse/Watford Palace), Kurt and Sid (Trafalgar Studios).
Scott is an Associate Director at Omnibus, Clapham.
Who else is involved in the production?
Him - James Clay
Her - Helen Budge
Designer - Justin Williams
Lighting Designer - Jai Morjaria
Music by – Adam Langston
Assistant Designer - Jonny Rust
Associate LX – Teresa Nagel
Lighting Designer - Jai Morjaria
Stage Manager - Ellla Dixon
Assistant Director - Robert Hook
Thank you for taking the time to read our camapign for a project that we are both very passionate about.
Scott and Leon