'but when we're dancing' - a new performance

by Cairan McLaggan in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 3rd September 2018 we successfully raised £306 with 18 supporters in 28 days

a new, intimate experimental performance involving energy, endurance and the feeling that we could dance forever at NICE N SLEAZY, Glasgow.

by Cairan McLaggan in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

With more funding, we'd seek to add an additional date for the performance, secure video documentation, and pay ourselves for some of the time we give to the project.


but when we're dancing is a new intimate performance by Cairan McLaggan with Martha Haskins. Cairan is a theatremaker and producer and Martha is an actor and performer, in Glasgow. 

At NICE N SLEAZY on Tuesday, August 28th and Wednesday, August 29th 2018, we'll be hosting the first version of this performance, designed for one audience member at a time. but when we're dancing is an invitation to share an experience with one other person; that experience we hear in our favourite songs, a moment we want to feel at full volume, a feeling which we wish could last forever.

Project specifics:

In performance, but when we're dancing has a flexible duration, lasting upwards of ten minutes. Due to the intimate nature of the performance, capacity over our two dates is extremely limited (15 per night) and as a first sharing, we want to offer a sliding payscale on the door. Although we are thrilled to be welcomed by NICE N SLEAZY to perform, we are working unfunded, andthere are a number of costs associated with these two dates.

So - we'd like your support. We are looking to raise around £300 to cover the costs of our performance, which we've detailed below:

Venue: £60 per night, £120 total.
Tech: £100 approx over three days, incl. technical run.
Documentation: £80 approx.

We will both be working unpaid, but our hope is that this initial run of the performance will offer us the opportunity to develop the work with an audience, and document it to support future funding applications.

How you can support us:

We've set our fundraising options in three ways:

Option 1: Donation, with ONE Ticket and optional perk (£5+/16 max)
We'll be setting tickets per performance aside for crowdfunder backers. The performance runs from 5.30pm-10.30pm each night, in flexible timeslots of est. 20 mins per person. Once you have donated, we'll get in touch to agree the timeslot you would like to attend.

The other timeslots will be on a first come basis. 

Donations of £12 or more will also receive an audio perk in the post. 

Option 2: Donation, no ticket (£1+)
August is a busy time for performance in Scotland! We recognise that there are some who might want to experience our performance, but will be unable to attend the two dates. If this is you, but you would still like to support our work, please donate what you can.

Option 3: Donation, no ticket, with perk (£10+)
For those who can't attend, but would like to get in on the audio perk action, donate £10 or more to receive an audio perk in the post. 


If you are not in a position to donate, but want to support our show, please let us know and we will reserve a slot for you. Tickets on the door will be on a sliding scale, and we would rather you come and experience the work than miss out. Please also share this crowdfunder; the more people we reach the better!

If you have any questions about the performance, want to know what it will entail in more detail, or just want to say hello, send an email to butwhenweredancingperformance@gmail.com.

Thank you for reading, and thank you for your support!

Cairan & Martha


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Donation with Audio Perk (no ticket)

You can't join in on either of the performance days, but we'll send you an audio perk in the post, so you can experience the work in your own way.

£1 or more

Standard Donation

Everyone who donates will receive thanks in our programme note, and will receive updates on the performance by email.

£5 or more

1 of 8 claimed

Donation with Ticket (August 28th)

We will reserve a slot for you on the evening Tuesday, August 28th. We will get in touch by email to agree on your timeslot. Donations of £12 and over will also receive an audio perk by post.

£5 or more

2 of 8 claimed

Donation with Ticket (August 29th)

We will reserve a slot for you on the evening Wednesday, August 29th. We will get in touch by email to agree on your timeslot. Donations of £12 and over will also receive an audio perk by post.

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