WHAT THE HELL IS THIS AND WHO THE DEVIL ARE WE?
It's 1645. Whispers are starting to fly and women are disappearing to jails, or worse, to the gallows. Is anyone safe from the witch-hunters?
It's 2019. Men in power are claiming they're victims of a witch-hunt. Womxn march on the streets bearing signs that say 'HEX THE PATRIARCHY'.
COVEN is an all-femxle gig theatre show written by Daisy Chute and Rebecca Brewer.
Stories weave with folk-noir music featuring guitar, percussion, mandolin, vocals, loop pedals and the occasional angry banjo.
Rebecca is an actress and writer originally from Derby, now living on the London/Essex border. As an actress she has worked at the National Theatre, RSC, Royal Court and numerous times in the West End as well as around the UK.
Daisy is an award-winning folk singer/songwriter and arranger hailing from Edinburgh. She has worked with bands/artists like Radiohead and Sir Ray Davies and on film/TV/game soundtracks.
We showcased our first 2 songs from the show at SIGNAL, a night for new music theatre created and curated by Adam Lenson. We have gone on to share the COVEN love at a scratch night at Camden People's Theatre, as well as with the HEARD Collective, an all-female music collective co-founded by Daisy and fellow singer-songwriter Cerian. COVEN is already starting to straddle both theatre and music worlds, and we want your help to continue this.
WHY THE HELL SHOULD YOU GIVE US YOUR MONEY?
We want to invite you to be part of the creation of this fresh, new, medium-bending show.
We have our first full-length performance at the Queen's Theatre in Hornchurch on the 22nd October and some of the funds we want to raise will go towards paying actor/musicians to join our COVEN for this gig.
We also want to be able to make good recordings of this show to share with producers and venues who will help the show have a bigger life.
The witch-savvy among you will know covens are normally made up of 13 witches; due to financial constraints, we only have 2 at the moment. So with your help, this number will increase to 4, adding two more actor-musicians wielding cello and violin.
We need to develop the music to make some lush recordings, and for them to bring their badass skills to play at some of our upcoming gigs.
SO, YOUR MONEY IS GOING TOWARDS SOME DEVILISHLY GOOD STUFF -
- paying 2 more actor-musicians for a few days of rehearsal and performance
- paying for videos and recordings for the show
- the printing and creation of the THE COVEN SHOW ZINE - a zine we are curating which features an amazing array of contributors writing, and sharing art about witches, witchcraft, feminism, nature, healing and the occult. You'll also be able to read about the making of COVEN.
Contributors for the zine include massive babe of a playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm (Emilia, The Wasp), witchcraft historian, author (England's Witchcraft Trials, Accused) and co-creator of Folklore Thursday Willow Winsham, healer Maria Love Yoo, artists Jenny Robins and Wallis Eates and many many more. You'll be able to get your hands on both a physical and digital version of this all-killer no-filler zine by donating to this crowdfund.