"The Milkman's on His Way" to the Brighton Fringe

by K-Squared Productions Ltd in Brighton, England, United Kingdom

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This project will only be funded if at least £10,000 is pledged by May 30th 2019 at 1:36pm

We are raising funds to bring the 1980's gay coming-of-age novel, "The Milkman's on His Way" to the stage at the Brighton Fringe in May 2019

by K-Squared Productions Ltd in Brighton, England, United Kingdom

My name is Kevin Kelly and in just a few days, my play based on the 1980's gay coming-of-age novel, "The Milkman's on His Way" is having its world premiere at The Old Courtroom Theatre as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival.

This book saved my life and I want to bring it to the stage to hopefully save other people’s lives too.

In the 1980’s I was a very confused young gay person in Dublin wrestling with an attraction to the same sex and with no positive role models to look up to and thinking about taking my own life. I phoned a gay helpline and they suggested I get hold of a copy of David Rees’s book, “The Milkman’s on His Way”.

 The back cover said it all…

"Growing up gay, beginning as a teenager to realize what you are... Just when everyone else is becoming involved with the opposite sex, you're alone in having to hide your feelings. It's impossible to talk to anyone. It's not something you want to blurt out to your parents, your teachers or the boy you fancy. The only salvation is to find people like yourself. And that's a big step. A very big step".

I read the book and realised that it was OK to be gay and that things would get better – and they did!

The book broke new ground as a positive image of growing up gay. It was accused during the Section 28 debates of ‘glorifying’ gay sex. The adaptation brings David Rees book to the stage for the first time as we follow Ewan's journey from realisation, fear and self-loathing through to acceptance of his sexuality.

It is important to bring this book to the stage now. More than 35 years after publication, young gay, lesbian and trans people are still taking their own lives because they can't deal with their sexuality. More than one in five (22%) of young gays and lesbians have attempted to take their own lives while among young trans people that rises to more than two in five (45%). The aim of the play is to drive home the simple message, it gets better!”

Featuring some of the very best music of the 1980’s, our marvellous cast of 7 actors recreate the terror and exhilaration of discovering your true self and making your way in a hostile world as you search for love.

I decided to pay the 7 outstanding actors and crew the correct Equity rate because I felt it was unfair to ask the actors and crew to work for nothing but that has meant that I need to raise a very substantial sum to put the show on – almost £45k. We’ve mortgaged our house to get it this far but now I need your help. It doesn’t need to be a huge amount – but if you wanted to sponsor the show then that would be marvellous!

The show runs at the Brighton Fringe for 10 performances from 4th May – more information is on the brightonfringe.org website.

If you want to know more about the book or the production then please visit tmohw.co.uk

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

2 of 40 claimed

Red Top - The Pint of Skimmed Milk Reward

A shout-out on Social Media to say Thanks! & A Signed photograph of the cast & A Digital copy of the final script

£10 or more

The six-pack of Yoghurt Reward

A very grateful thank you from the cast and crew

£25 or more

The pint of Orange Juice Reward

A very grateful thank you from the cast and crew & A shout-out on Social Media to say Thanks!

£50 or more

The pack of Butter Reward

A very grateful thank you from the cast and crew & A shout-out on Social Media to say Thanks! & A Digital copy of the final script

£250 or more

1 of 16 claimed

Green Top - The Pint of Semi-Skimmed Milk Reward

A Special Thank You in the programme & A Signed photograph of the cast & A signed copy of the final script & A Signed Poster for the show

£500 or more

0 of 8 claimed

Blue Top - The Pint of Full-Fat Milk Reward

A Special Thank You in the programme & A Signed photograph of the cast & A signed copy of the final script & A Signed Poster for the show & An Invitation to a meet-and-greet with the cast on Sunday 5th May & 2 VIP Tickets to the matinee or evening performance on Sunday 5th May

£1,000 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Gold Top - The Pint of Jersey Milk Reward

A Special Thank You in the programme & A Signed photograph of the cast & A signed copy of the final script & A Signed Poster for the show & An Original "The Milkman's on His Way" book signed by the cast & An Invitation to a meet-and-greet with the cast on Sunday 5th May & 2 VIP Tickets to the matinee/evening performance Sunday 5th May & Dinner with the adapter & director (mutually agreed date) & 2 Tickets to the After-Show Party on Sunday 5th May


Let's make '"The Milkman's on His Way" to the Brighton Fringe' happen

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