In Loving Memory of Pat Riarchy

by Alice Leverton in Brighton, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 13th March 2020 we successfully raised £4,510 with 66 supporters in 28 days

Support our Feminist Theatre Collective to develop an Inclusive Community Arts program in Brighton.

by Alice Leverton in Brighton, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

An extra 1k will give our budget breathing room and allow us to support even more people with even more projects!


This will be the third year of Having our Voices Heard on stage, now we want to extend that opportunity to the people in our community who often feel silenced. In 2020 we will be developing + facilitating a Creative Freedom Scheme; offering workshops to engage local supporter service users in telling their story. We'll be partnering with venues and organisations to address Inequalities in the Arts so that we can champion the inclusive and accessible way forward that theatre needs. We'll continue to create a solid and sustainable foundation for our Home Safe Brighton initiative, empowering everyone to engage with night time Brighton.

We are Clap Back Club, a Brighton-based feminist collective reclaiming our right to respond to those telling us who we should be. A tight-knit group of writers, performers, musicians and creatives, we produce Fringe theatre and engage in the community to call out injustice against wxmen and dissect the powers that are used against us in society. 

We're the makers of Love Letters to Rappers (Winner of the Brighton Fringe Audience Choice Award 2018), In Loving Memory of Pat Riarchy (Winner of the Brighton Fringe Audience Choice Award 2019), and the minds behind Home Safe Brighton.

This year we'll be performing In Loving Memory of Pat Riarchy again at Brighton Fringe, 14th-17th May 21:45 The Blockhouse @ The Warren. And a Bring Your Baby performance on 26 May 11:00 The Hat @ The Warren. We've got big dreams this year to use our platform in theatre for social change in our community! We're working to improve the support around social challenges and barriers, and encourage people who wouldn't usually attend theatre to come along! That's where the fundraising comes in - read on further for all the details on our mission to Support - Empower - Include. 

We debuted as a theatre group in 2018 with Love Letters to Rappers; a radical response to pop culture's misogyny and an underlying call to divest from the patriarchy's pyramid scheme. After a five star response and successful runs in both Brighton and Edinburgh, we returned in 2019 with a sold-out run of In Loving Memory of Pat Riarchy: An evening of laughter, tears and song to give Pat Riarchy the send-off he deserves. 

Last year we formed Home Safe Brighton as a community response to the growing number of sexual assaults. We provide a voluntary buddy system for people walking alone at night, supporting safeguarding in our immediate community (particularly LGBTQIA+ and womxn-centered events and organisations).

SUPPORT (local services)

This year we’ve worked with Survivors Network, RISE, Rainbow Hub, Survivors Movement. We’ve seen and experienced first hand how vital these services are. In 2020 we want to continue to champion these services through grassroots activism. As a community group we can use our voice without restriction, we can campaign for policy change and we can offer our skills to benefit these services. 

EMPOWER (our community)

Each year we stand on stage and confidently voice the effects of gendered injustice. We do this because as a group we empower each other, and because society allows us to. There are thousands of people living and working in our community who don’t hold this power. It’s well documented how important creative therapy is for healing, and how under-funded the third sector is to be able to offer regular creative programs. Survivors of social injustice are so often silenced, we want to make sure they are heard. 

INCLUDE (everyone)

In 2020 we will be touring In Loving Memory of Pat Riarchy as well as some new performances. Intersectional feminist theatre is an important form of activism and education. But as a relatively privileged activity, the people who really need to see, feel and hear it are very rarely sat in the room. This is down to cost, accessibility, isolation, confidence, fear... the list goes on. We’re committed to tackling this by partnering with venues and organisations who champion Art For Everyone. We also need funds to grow Home Safe Brighton so that we are able to support anyone who wants to attend Brighton Fringe 2020 in getting there. 

Help us to keep on using our voices, talents and humour to call out the dangers of systematic oppression and damaging social attitudes, and highlight the feminist community as the inclusive and positive place it is!

Community Outreach = £1800
This will cover all inclusion + accessibility costs and charity partnerships. Plus training and resources for Home Safe Brighton + the Creative Freedom Scheme.

Fair & Equal pay = £1200
This will give us a boost with everything from writing and facilitating workshops, to rehearsing and performances. We believe in equal pay for wxmen, and that the arts and third sector are worth investing in - your donations will help us achieve that.

Theatre-making = £1000
We work hard to create theatre that empowers and inspires our community, and are completely self-funded. Your support will make a big difference in helping towards core costs and allow us to expand our reach!

= £4000 

We appreciate your support so much, we wouldn't leave you empty handed would we? As a group of creatives we have lots to offer from writing, singing, painting, to your very own performance of our show! All hand painted rewards will feature our exclusive Not All Men design featured in the images below. 

£5 - Our Sweet Feminist Anthems playlist.

£10 - A poem on a postcard of our Fringe 2020 Funeral photo. 

£15 - Our exclusive Not All Men design hand-painted on a hanging gravestone ornament.

£20 - Sponsor a ticket to our Brighton Fringe Show for someone who may not be able to attend otherwise. These will be distributed to Survivors' Network Service Users, Chaperones & Volunteers.

£25 - Our Exclusive Not All Men Long Sleeve. Printed with water-based inks on 100% Organic Cotton. Sizes S-XL available.

£30 - 2x Tickets to Krater Comedy Club @ Komedia. Only one of these available so snap them up quick!

£40 - Tickets to a life drawing session with us! A clothed group pose with some of our performers. Dates TBC however it's likely to be scheduled for June 2020. 

£50 - The Sweet Feminist Anthems Playlist, A poem on a postcard, a Not All Men hanging ornament AND long sleeve! 

£75 - Tickets to a singing or songwriting masterclass with us! Take your pick. Dates TBC however it's likely to be scheduled for June 2020.

£150 - A one-off hand-painted vegan leather jacket featuring our exclusive Not All Men design. 

£300 - A team building session for your company centred around equality in the workplace. Featuring performance, workshopping and interactive activities. 

£350 - A private performance of our award winning fringe show, In Loving Memory of Pat Riarchy. You provide the space, we'll entertain you!

If you have any questions about rewards, donations, or just want to know about more a bit us. Drop us a message anytime!

W: www.clapbackclub.co.uk
E: hello@clapbackclub.co.uk
F: facebook.com/clapbackclub
I+T: @clapbackclub_

If you want to catch us performing, our confirmed tour dates are:

March 7 | 19:30 | (£10/£8) | Femfest Brighton, Sweet Werks.
May 14-17 | 21:45 | (£12/£10) | Brighton Fringe, The Blockhouse @ The Warren.
May 26 | 11:00 Bring Your Baby | Brighton Fringe, The Hat @ The Warren

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Sweet Feminist Anthems Playlist

A little thank you from us to you - the only way we know how - great songs!

£10 or more

Poem on a Postcard

A personalised haiku just for you. On a postcard of our Fringe 2020 Funeral photo.

£15 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Not All Men Ornament

Manifest the patriarchy's downfall from the comfort of your home with our hand-painted exclusive Not All Men hanging ornament.

£20 or more

17 of 20 claimed

Sponsor a ticket to our show

Every one of these purchased will buy a ticket to our Brighton Fringe show for someone who wouldn't be able to come otherwise. These will be distributed to Survivors' Network service users, chaperones & volunteers.

£25 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Not All Men Long Sleeve

Bag one of our long sleeve, 100% organic cotton t-shirts to warn off the devils advocates in your life.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Tickets to Krater Comedy Club @ Komedia

2x Saturday night or Sunday tickets to Krater Comedy Club at Komedia. Incase you can't wait until May to see our stunning performance. To be used by July 2020.

£40 or more

0 of 15 claimed

Life Drawing Session

A group, clothed pose life drawing session with some of our performers! Dates TBC but likely to be scheduled for June 2020.

£50 or more

0 of 5 claimed

The Bundle

For the merch lovers among us. The Playlist, Poem on a Postcard, Not All Men Ornament & a Not All Men Tshirt!

£75 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Song Writing Masterclass

Experience first hand how we take good songs and make them ridiculous! Dates TBC but likely to be scheduled for June 2020.

£75 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Parody Singing Masterclass

Learn how to nail those sweet, sweet harmonies. Dates TBC but likely to be scheduled for June 2020.

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Hand painted Leather Jacket

Wear your feelings with a one-off hand painted Not All Men jacket. Limited sizes and colours. Please message us for more info.

£300 or more

1 of 4 claimed

The Business Package

An equality in the workplace team building session for your company. Featuring performance, group workshopping & interactive activities.

£350 or more

1 of 4 claimed

Private Performance

You supply the venue, we'll perform our Award Winning show, In Loving Memory of Pat Riarchy, for you!

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