Captioned performance - A Doll's House

by dissolvetheatre in London

We did it
On 11th May 2015 we successfully raised £915 with 16 supporters in 14 days

We're fundraising to provide Stagetext captioning at one of our upcoming performances of A Doll's House at the Space Arts Centre.

by dissolvetheatre in London

Project aim

We're fundraising to provide Stagetext captioning at one of our upcoming performances of A Doll's House at the Space Arts Centre.

About the project

This June, Dissolve Theatre will be staging a two-week run of A Doll’s House and because we want to make the show as accessible to as many people as possible, we want one of the performances to be captioned by Stagetext. 1 in 6 people in the UK have some kind of hearing loss, and being able to offer surtitles for one performance will make a big difference in opening up the show to a far wider range of people.

A Doll's House is Ibsen's classic play about duty, independence and, above all, identity. Following housewife, mother and debtor Nora over the course of three days as her illusions about her life are slowly dismantled, it's a stunning piece that we're delighted to be staging. As well as exploring the play's rarely-performed alternate ending, we'll be bringing pic'n'mix, fake snow, a contemporary soundtrack and various other distinctive elements to our production, in our playful interpretation of the original.

Why we need you…

Captioning costs money - the equipment, the operator, loading our version of the text into the system and so on, making the full cost of a performance captioned by Stagetext £850.

We’ve put a lot of work into funding the rest of the production - all our private funding has gone towards paying everyone on the show National Minimum Wage, plus things like set, costume, props, lighting, insurance and publicity. That's why we're now turning to crowdfunding for this element of the production. We’re doing everything else we can to make the show as accessible to as many people as possible, from staging it in a wheelchair-accessible venue, to organising two relaxed performances during the run, but this final £850 is essential if we’re also to offer a warm welcome to people with hearing loss.

Any help in getting us to reach our target is hugely appreciated. As a company, we’re committed to supporting diversity both onstage and in the stalls, and being able to offer a captioned performance of a classic play at fringe prices would be a great step for us in pursuing that aim.

Who we are… 

A Doll's House is being put together by the following team: Chloe Mashiter (director); Grace Smart (set and costume design); Tom Webber (lighting design); Sofi Lee-Henson (publicity design); Laura Gilbert (press and marketing) and Stanley Walton (associate producer). Our combined experience includes training at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, Central St Martins and the King's Head Theatre; working with companies such as Slung Low, Secret Cinema, The Spectators' Guild, Cheek by Jowl and GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN, and showcasing our own work at platforms including VAULT Festival, InTransit Festival and the International Student Drama Festival.

Dissolve Theatre are a London-based company who’ve had work commissioned by ArtsAdmin and In The Woods Festival, as well as producing two shows for VAULT Festival in 2014 and 2015. A Doll's House will be our third full-length piece.

Object Love (VAULT 2015) -

 **** “There is a stunning beauty [...] a play so delicate and tender [...] that one is drawn completely into this production.” - The New Current

 “Certainly thought-provoking and can’t be dismissed as ‘just another piece of theatre’. It’s a bold new piece of writing with something to capture the attention of even the most jaded theatregoers.” - views from the gods

 “Thoughfully written and directed [...] the stories are tender, personal, detailed and amazingly relatable.” - Female Arts

SPARK (VAULT 2014) -

 **** “Truly mesmerising [...] never anything less than compelling [...] has the audience gripped at all times.” - views from the gods

 **** “Reminiscent of The Turn of The Screw [...] an excellent psychological thriller.” - remotegoat

 “A disturbing and beautiful rendition of hope, loss and betrayal [...] magical and certainly surreal.” - Mouth London


- When will I receive my rewards?

We will aim to deliver all personalised I.O.Us, sweets and signed posters (as well as sharing playlists and sending written alternate endings) by the 25th May, if not earlier. Some of the rewards in the higher donation bands - such as the performed/filmed alternate endings and 3D-printed miniature doll houses - might take a little longer to get to you, being a little more complex! However, we'll still aim to send these to you before the show's run begins on the 3rd June (unless you choose to see the play before providing suggestions for an alternate ending, which will naturally delay this reward). Any props from the show will be sent to you shortly after the show's run ends on the 13th. 

- What if I have a dietary requirement - will the sweets be suitable for me to eat?

The sweets will be a range of traditional pic'n'mix items. If you notify us of any dietary requirements/allergies, we will do our best to tailor the specific sweets you're sent to you, and accommodate any specific needs.

- If I donate £25 or more, how will I receive the playlists?

You will be sent exclusive links to Youtube playlists, each inspired by a character for the show and created for use in rehearsal. Unfortunately we can't burn CDs or share mp3 files as they're not original songs (we're trusting the talents of Fleetwood Mac, Oasis and David Bowie on this one!) and we can't distribute the work of other artists.

- What if I want to donate £50 or more, but I don't know the plot of A Doll's House?

We can either send you a synopsis (not spoiling the actual ending of course!) or, if you'd rather see the play first, we'll write your alternate ending after you've been to the production. 

- If I'm coming to see the show, can I receive my rewards then rather than providing my address?

Absolutely - we're more than happy to arrange for you to pick up your rewards at the show. However, if you've selected a reward that includes receiving show props, we are naturally only able to send these to you after the run has ended, so these particular items will have to be posted.

- What does 'availability allowing' mean with the complimentary tickets?

The likelihood is that we'll be able to accommodate any donors who are due to receive tickets on any date of the run. 'Availability allowing' is just a reminder that there's a limited number of tickets for each performance so, if one night were to sell out before we were told your preferred date, we wouldn't be able to arrange tickets for that performance. However - whilst some tickets for the show have already been snapped up! - it's unlikely that any dates will sell out before this campaign's ended, so provided you let us know promptly which night you'd like tickets for, we should be able to welcome you on any night of the run.

- Why isn't the private performance you're offering captioned? 

Simply because if we captioned a second performance, we'd need a second £850! The reward including a private performance does also include tickets to the full run of the show, so there's still an opportunity to bring a group along to a captioned performance of the play, provided you select that performance when arranging your complimentary tickets.

- Where and when will the private performance be?

If you receive this reward, the time and place of the performance will depend on your preference and availability, plus the logistics of getting the company together. We're happy to do a private performance at someone's home - but in the likely event your home can't quite house a theatre performance, the performance would most likely be at the Space Arts Centre. We would of course find a date and time that suited you, and it would simply involve co-ordinating your own ideal times with the availability of the company.  

- Where can I find more information about the company and the show?

Just head to for more info on the company, and listing information and suchlike for the show is at


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A Doll's Studio Apartment: we'll give you a wholehearted thank you on Facebook or Twitter, plus send you a (non-redeemable!) I.O.U. from Nora for £250 (her debt from the play).

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A Doll's Terraced House: you'll receive the above, plus a small bag of sweets from Nora's stash.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

A Doll's Semi-Detached: you'll receive the above, plus poster signed by the company and exclusive access to the character playlists being used in rehearsal (lyric sheets also available on request), each accompanied by an intro from the director.

£50 or more

0 of 15 claimed

£50 Reward

A Doll's Four-storey Townhouse: you'll receive the above, plus a ticket to the show on a date of your choice (availability allowing) and thanks in our show programme. As a nod to our use of the play's alternate ending, the company will write and send you an alternate ending to A Doll's House, based on your suggestions.

£100 or more

2 of 6 claimed

£100 Reward

A Doll's Mansion: you'll receive the above, and a total of two tickets on the date of your choice (availability allowing). The company will also record a personal thank you, and also film themselves performing your personal alternate ending and send you the video.

£250 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£250 Reward

A Doll's Country Estate: you'll receive the above, with a total of four tickets to the show on a date of your choice (availability allowing). We will also create for you a handmade, 3D-printed miniature Doll's House (which can be personalised according to your suggestions) and also send you a video of it being lovingly crafted.

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£500 Reward

A Doll's Royal Palace: you'll receive the above, and a total of six tickets to the show on the date of your choice (availability allowing). We'll also give you some exclusive props used during the show's run, including Nora and Krogstad's bond, Dr Rank's ominous business cards, family Christmas presents, and some of the more atypical props unique to our production of the play!

£850 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£850 Reward

A Doll's Private Tropical Island: for this level of immense generosity, you'll receive all of the above rewards, plus your own private performance of A Doll's House (please note that this private performance cannot be captioned).

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