We are looking to raise £2,000 to help fund our first ever appearance at Brighton Fringe 2016, which is the next step on our journey to becoming a national theatre company, while holding true to our purpose ... presenting new work and giving opportunities to new people.
WHO ARE WE??
Established in 2012 by Kevin Wilson, Origins Theatre strives to inspire people to become involved in creative theatre at all levels, with the shared aim of delivering high quality experiences for participants and audiences alike. Our philosophy is summed up in the phrase at the top of our website - 'Be a voice, not an echo'.
Our productions have already explored challenging issues, while at the same time offering great entertainment. We believe in giving people something new and we are proud of our achievements so far - in encouraging new people to get involved, and winning new audiences for our work in a highly competitive world.
WHAT'S THE PROJECT??
WAKE ... It's a word with several meanings: a celebration of life, a track in the water, emergence from sleep ... It's also the title of Origins Theatre's new play, which represents a new and exciting phase of development for us - starting in 2016, with our first appearance at Brighton Fringe. We need your help to get there.
We have been quietly building a reputation for high quality, original drama on the Isle of Wight, but now we want to make waves. We specialise not just in new work, but in giving new people the opportunity to leave a track, maybe emerge from their sleep and realise their talent!
WAKE tells the story of Mel, who is struggling to find her sense of direction after the loss of her father. Friends and acquaintances share the beliefs and principles that help them get through the day. But which way will Mel turn?
Meet some members of the cast in rehearsal ...
Now, for the first time, we are reaching out to new audiences in Britain - starting in May 2016 when we make our first appearance at Brighton Fringe. We will be performing 'Wake' twice a day over three Saturdays at the Purple Playhouse theatre.
It is our opportunity to show the world what we can do and hopefully make the friends and contacts we need to win new audiences for our work, stage our productions elsewhere, build a future for our theatre company, and give more people opportunities to shine.
WHERE WILL YOUR MONEY GO??
We are excited by the opportunities that lie ahead, but we aware that developing and growing is an expensive process.
Up to now, we have paid our own way - earning enough from ticket sales to meet the bills and build up a small balance in the bank.
But this is our biggest and most exciting challenge, and - although we are of course investing our own money - we need and want support. So we would like to invite you to join us to help make this happen, and maybe even stay with us on our journey.
To make this work, we need to work hard ... on raising our profile, marketing and promoting Wake at Brighton Fringe, travelling, rehearsing, printing - it's a long list. Basically, we need your support to help towards our participation fees, venue hire, rehearsal space, travel to and from Brighton, publicity and printing.
For the Origins cast and crew - ranging in age from school student upwards! - performing WAKE at Brighton Fringe is a rare opportunity to showcase the enormous ability of our ever-growing company. And your support is essential to our success.
THANK YOU for taking the time to read about our journey so far. If you would like to support us, please take a few minutes to check the rewards we are offering, and donate in any way you can.
You can find out more about us HERE
Please help us put Origins Theatre on a much bigger map, and we look forward to meeting you at one of our productions sometime soon!