'Our Big Love Story'
Our Big Love Story started out at Actor Awareness Scratch night, Spotlight Studios, May 2017. After resoundingly good feedback it has been developed into a full length play for production March /April 2018 at The Hope Theatre, London.
'Funny, Fresh, Vital and beautifully realised by cast and director' Colleen Pendergast, actor, writer and director
'Highly recommended, stunning script, direction and performances' Simon J Bailie, Actor
'Our Big Love Story' is Glass Half Full Theatre's 3rd and most ambitious production. The play is set post terror attack July 2005. 5 Peoples lives intertwine on one estate, 4 teenagers, 1 teacher and a terror attack all wrapped up in 'Our Big Love Story'. The play explores radicalisation in teengers and the racism and prejudice that stems from groups such as the EDL and the fear that people feel after terror attacks. It also follows a survivor of the bombings who has to find his way back to his faith.
A story about healing, love and prejudice in modern day Britain
'Our Big Love Story' is being produced next year and will be at The Hope Theatre as part of their 2018 programme, March 20th to April 7th. We have to raise a significant amount to make this happen.
Written by Stephanie Silver
Directed by Calum Robshaw
Cast: Naina Kholi as Anjum/ Holly Ashman as Destiny/ Emelia Marshall Lovsey as Kate/ Alex Britt as Jack/ Arjun Bhullar as The teacher
About the Writer 'Stephanie Silver'
Stephanie is a part time paediactric nurse as well as an actor, writer and producer. Stephanie garduated Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Foundation Acting 2016. Going on to train at 'The Actors Class' under Mary Doherty. Stephanie founded Glass Half Full Theatre as she's passionate about new writing that engages contemporary audiences into socially relevant, politcal plays that say something about the world we live in today. Stephanie's first play was autobiographical play 'The Monologues of a Tired Nurse' Edinburgh 2016 and London 2017, 4-stars London Theatre Pubs and Breaking the Foruth wall.
'It's not pretty.... It packs a PUNCH' Liz Dyer, theblogoftheatrethings
Her 2nd play was picked up in a open submission call out in Australia and produced by Owl and Cat Theatre, March 2017 opening to 4-Star reviews. 'Silver's writing is evocative and offers no easy answers' The Blurb / 'Silver's writing is keanly observed and clever' Samara Dunston. Stephanie's play 'Little Secrets' was part of Stockwell Playhouse 'One Act Festival' May 2017. Paul Vale from The Stage said her writing was sharp, witty and had a skill for writing for an ensemble. Stephanie also completed London playwriting lab 2016. She continues to curate new writing nights and works for working class campiagn Actor Awareness. Coming from a working class background Stephanie is passionate about creating theatre that brings about a social message and inticing people into theatre who wouldn't normally go!
About the Director 'Calum Robshaw'
Calum Robshaw is an Actor, Director, Writer and Theatre Practitioner based in London.
A graduate of East 15 Acting School studying on the Cert HE One Year Course. Upon completion of his training, Calum then went on to travel to Italy where he studied Commedia del Arte with one of the worlds leading practitioners in Physical Comedy: Antonio Fava .He has since completed a 6 month Theatre in Education Tour of Italy, where he performed educational plays and facilitated English workshops to the children of Italy. This tour allowed him to perform in cities such as Rome, Milan, Verona and the Island of Capri.
In 2015 Calum began training again with Fourth Monkey Theatre Company on the year of the Monkey Course performing in this years Edinburgh Fringe in 'The Ark' and 'Sodom'. Calum is an associate artist for Scram Collective, an emerging new Theatre Company consisting of Fourth Monkey alumnus.
Calum's most recent acting work includes his performance of Never Trust a Man Bun at Theatre N16 and his site- specific outdoor performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor with Scram Collective.
Furthermore, he has begun various directorial and writing roles with various companies such as: Scram Collective, The New Shoreditch Theatre,Â Instinct Theatre, Actors Awareness, Emberfly Theatre and Glass Half Full Theatre.
Calum is currently working on The Sherlock Experience with Les Enfants Terrible' at Madame Tussauds and directing Speci- Man at The Barons Court Theatre with Actors Awareness. He is also working and directing with Glass Half Full Theatre on Our Big Love Story.
Calum is Co- Artistic Director for both Loosely Based Theatre and Into The Fire Theatre. He is also on the board of Directors for All or Nothing Rep Theatre. http://www.calumrobshaw.com/
To fully realise this production we need to rasie £2500. This value is 1 3rd of what we need to make the production happen. The Hope Theatre is an reknowned AWARD WINNING Fringe Venue. Artistic Director Matthew Parker won Off West End awards 2017 for best Artistic Director, therefore it's a privilege to be part of their 2018 programme and in such great company.
With this crowdfunder we are trying to raise a third of the production costs which includes ensuring our creatives are paid an approved Equity rate, our set, costume and props and venue costs. We are seeking funding through private donations, fundraising and grants and are putting together an application for funding from the Arts Council England (ACE). It is notoriously hard to get ACE funding but with our play and its strong social message we are hopeful we can secure some funding. In the case of a failed application we want to raise money via this crowdfunder to ensure this important play can still be produced