It's official! We have hit our £2,000 target to get Badapple Theatre's brand new original comedy 'The Unlikely Dads' up and running in time for its first night on 17th April 2015! The script is done and rehearsals are in full flow. From its premiere in Yorkshire, the play will be performed in 35 venues down through the Midlands, across to Shropshire and Worcestershire, and up to the North-East. Thank you for all your pledges - keep 'em coming as it all helps keep the show on the road.
Badapple (http://www.badappletheatre.com) is a professional touring theatre company that started in 1998. We specialise in exceptional and ambitious rural touring, building an independent network of halls across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, North-east and Southwest England. In fact, our productions have now been performed as far north as Angus and as far south as Devon! We specialise in performing in smallscale rural and semi-urban venues under our highly successful 'Theatre On Your Doorstep' banner, taking the highest quality theatre performances to places with limited access to arts due to geography.
2013, was Badapple's most prolific year yet with 150 performances across 12 months and last year we had our most successful tour to date with the First World War story ‘The Thankful Village’, our first collaboration with young designer Catherine Dawn. Audience responses to the piece were extraordinary. People were both moved and entertained by the comedy-drama, which displayed a new maturity of writing from resident writer and artistic director Kate Bramley.
Why do we need your help? We are a not-for-profit company with 50% of our earnings coming from arts subsidies and grants. We need to make up the other half through ticket sales and other sources of funding. We are hoping that you can help plug a £2,000 deficit before 17th April - safe in the knowledge that you are buying into a proven track record of bringing high quality arts to rural areas.
Where will the £2,000 go? It will go towards paying for the hire of venues, rehearsal rooms, fees for the composer, actors, writer, set and costume designer. Oh, and don't forget publicity, photography, tour costs and travel. Phew.
What you will get in return? Apart from a warm fuzzy feeling inside:
- if you pledge £10 or more: a special 'thank you' on the Badapple website
- if you pledge £25: the above + a company advert in our programme + a signed copy of the new play script
- if you pledge £50: 10 complimentary tickets for any performance of the Unlikely Dads (where seats are available of course).
- if you pledge £100: 4 annual Badapple Theatre Company membership seats for any performances within the calendar year, and meet the company members after the performace
- if you pledge £250: Arrange an acting masterclass for up to 6 students or performers with our resident writer and artistic director Kate Bramley
- if you pledge £1,000: Private performance of ‘The Unlikely Dads’ for community audiences at your chosen community hall or small venue! *only available for specific dates within the tour period but we would do our best to accommodate any geographical location within mainland UK.
The play: 'The Unlikely Dads' is a modern tale about two friends who become fathers late on in life under unusual circumstances. Their usual weekly meetings at the club are now relocated to a more baby friendly location, as their old and new lives clash head on, with comic repercussions and a life changing twist.
The legacy: Much-needed revenue for community venues and a complete theatre experience for audiences close to home with the company touring lights, sound, stage and highly respected performers. Our two actors, Robert Angell (ex-BBC Waterloo Road) and Robert Took, have a combined experience of nearly 50 years in theatre touring!
Many of our audience attenders are aged 50+, so benefit most from the ‘Theatre on Your Doorstep' project in areas particularly restricted by geography. Some have no option to use public transport at night to see arts in local towns, and in some cases age/disability/apprehension of travelling after dark means they would be unlikely to use public or private transport.
Press for Badapple Theatre:
'one of the best touring companies in the region' NORTHERN ECHO 'Bramley's dialogue fizzes with life, energy and and humour and her storytelling and direction are constantly inventive' YORK PRESS (Lights Out Land Girls 2013) 'If you get a chance to see this show do, for it is an engaging and uplifting experience' YORK PRESS (Back to the Land Girls)'hidden theatrical gems' NORTHERN ECHO'hilarious' THE STAGE'nuggety Northern humour... delivered in typically enjoyable performances' YORK PRESS (The Carlton Colliers 2013)'this production has everything, humour throughout and fine songs' RYEDALE GAZETTE (Back to the Land Girls 2011)'catchy songs, extremely funny' THE STAGE (Eddie and the Tops 2012)
Comments from the floor: Audience responses to our 'Theatre On Your Doorstep' performances...
THE DAILY BREAD OCT 2014 "'The Daily Bread' - Yet another fantastic play. I can't believe the talent. Brought my mother to celebrate her birthday and Colin, the actor, presented her with the bread he baked on stage during the production. Can't wait for the next play." via badappletheatre.com