AsOne Theatre's The Fisherman's Daughter Part I &II
Having successfuly piloted our commissioned plays, The Fisherman's Daughter I & II ( Sea monsters and Pirates/ Jess's Odyssey) with a tour in partnership with three library services in Dorset, Bournemouth, and Poole - proving its aim with evaluation and excellent feedback - we are now planning a national tour in partnership with regional English library services. Arts Council England have offered us £2000 matched funding. We need just £2000 to receive this.
We are a fore-running company to do this as a mission and a passion. We want it to be free for children. This money will employ a development officer for three days a week for three months to plan, progress, and project manage us into the early stages of national touring.
The plays have been especially commissioned, written by experienced playwright and director, Peter John Cooper (some 50 performed plays to his name) multi-layered to be equally engaging in different ways for every member of a family from toddler to grandad. We wanted all the family to experience the plays with quality, affecting, and colourful - puppetry, song, characters, and storytelling. The families leave chatting away, with lots to talk about together, inspired to read real books, and in some cases with armfulls of books, and new library memberships. The atmosphere is joyfully noisy, and participatory in many different ways - from creating soundscapes, to joke exchanges with the show star, Harold the one legged seagull.
The plays explore multi-themes including: classic marine literature, intergenerational exchange, bullying, isolation, friendship, imagination and storytelling. But most importantly it is Theatre with a big dramatic 'T', plus an enormous 'E' for entertainment. The laughter loud, empathy for the characters palpable, feedback wonderful!
Please help us be the first theatre company to tour non-stop to libraries, with free tickets for children!
Thank you and be as generous as you can. Help quality, inventive children's theatre reach a diverse audience. Help us support wonderful libraries, welcoming family hubs, full of real books, as well as up to date technology.
This project has been approved for funding through the Artists + The Crowd match funding. It has received a bridge of 50% towards its fundraising target from Arts Council England.