Doubt by John Patrick Shanley - Eastbourne Feb '19

by Dark Unicorn Productions in Eastbourne, East Sussex, England

£1,840

raised of £5,000 target

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This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by January 3rd 2019 at 7:00pm

To stage a new, fresh, exciting professional production of the Pulitzer-winning play "Doubt" at one of the south coast's most vibrant spaces

by Dark Unicorn Productions in Eastbourne, East Sussex, England

L to R - Eleanor Stourton (Producer/Sister James), Deborah Kearne (Sister Aloysius), Paddy Cooper (Producer/Father Flynn), Sabina Arthur (Mrs Muller), John Berry (Director)

The Company

Dark Unicorn Productions has been set up by best friends Eleanor Stourton and Paddy Cooper, who have known and collaborated with each other on and off for 15 years since training in the theatre department of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, where they both graduated with first class honours degrees - Eleanor specialising in acting, Paddy in acting and directing.

Both have pursued careers in and outside of the theatre. Eleanor is a highly respected digital marketer and fundraiser for a major animal welfare and rescue charity outside of her work as a dramatic stage actress across all forms of theatre. She has also worked as a photographer and bookseller. Paddy - who returned full time to the theatre in 2015 - is an actor, director, writer and script editor, performing and directing in both classic and new work as well as contributing to long-running Brighton satire cabaret "The Treason Show". He has also worked as a journalist, university lecturer, speechwriter and national media relations advisor to the leadership of the police service. 

Wishing to bring a fresh professional theatrical voice to the South Coast, they have founded Dark Unicorn to stage exciting, challenging, thought-provoking but above all entertaining shows where they are needed most, regardless of venue size, as well as providing an atmosphere of respect and professionalism - both financial and ethical - in a fringe theatre scene that can so often prove exploitative. 

The Project

"Doubt: A Parable" was written by Irish-American John Patrick Shanley in 2004. Its original Broadway run, starring Briain O'Byrne and Cherry Jones, won the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. IT went on to be made into an Oscar and BAFTA-nominated film starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman. 

It tells the story of the suspicions of Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the principal of a Catholic convent school in 1964 New York, in relation to one of the local priests, Father Brendan Flynn, and his possible intentions towards the school's only black pupil. Set against her cold regard for the world is idealistic young nun Sister James and Mrs Muller - the boy's pragmatic mother. Uncertainty can lead to hysteria, but is Sister Aloysius right to doubt Father Flynn's intentions?

For our production, we have put together a fantastic cast and crew in Eastbourne: 

The show will be directed by the Artistic Director of the Printers Playhouse Theatre John Berry

Sister Aloysius will be played by Deborah Kearne (The Miniaturist, BBC)

Sister James and Father Flynn will be played respectively by co-producers Eleanor Stourton and Paddy Cooper

Mrs Muller will be played by Sabina Arthur (Game of Thrones; 'The Vote' - Donmar Warehouse)

THE FINANCE

Staging a highly-acclaimed play does not come cheaply and, while we are making the most of the resources we as producers have, we are in need of financial assistance. 

With the rights for the show coming in at $1000 for ten performances, the better part of £1000 required to hire the relevant costumes for tech week and the run, print and digital marketing taking up a hefty chunk of money and a cast and crew whom it is only right are paid as fairly as possible, an initial target of £5000 will allow the production to go ahead with proper publicity, a professional approach to workplace relations and as broad a reach as possible. 

No donation is too small or large - we welcome support from all those who wish to help get a new and exciting arts organisation on its feet so that we can prove that it is possible to run on a budget but still behave ethically towards your collaborators as well as producing top quality entertainment for audiences.

We are also offering corporate packages to allow businesses of all sizes the chance to advertise in our programme as well as have exclusive access to a gala preview performance with Q&A and reception, so that we can help give something back to the communities and local economies within which we work. 

All monies raised will be used directly on the production of the show - whether it be buying period props, ensuring that costuming is correct, rolling out an ambitious marketing strategy, vocal coaching as an extra upskilling opportunity for the cast (as well as ensuring accuracy in the show) and, yes, ensuring a decent wage for the creatives who work with us. We have all worked with exploitative companies and we are proud to be using some of the finance raised to pay properly for talents which have been honed through years of expensive training and dedication to their respective crafts. 

We all benefit from amazing theatre and we hope you will join us in creating something wonderful in our industry in an environment which cherished the people who create as well as their creations. You don’t need to have any doubt in us - your money will be making creative magic happen. 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1 or more

The Thanks of a Grateful Company

Every little helps, and your pound will be put to good use - please accept our warmest thanks

£5 or more

#Hero

Just let us know your Twitter handle and/or that of your business, and we'll shout our gratitude from the virtual rooftops!

£10 or more

Tweet + Shout-Out

A tweet, as per £5, plus a shout out for a special occasion, a loved one, a business or project dear to your heart, within reason (no political influences etc, please!)

£20 or more

Wall of Honour

All of the above, plus a mention on our Wall of Honour - where all our £20+ patrons are projected for all to see every night of the run before curtain-up

£50 or more

0 of 500 claimed

Everything + Signed Programme

All of the above plus a programme signed by the cast and crew

£75 or more

0 of 50 claimed

Everything + Personal Video

All of the above plus a personal video message to you from the cast from within the rehearsal room

£100 or more

2 of 3 claimed

Everything + Poster and Gala Showtime for Two!

All of the above plus a commemorative poster signed by the cast and crew and two tickets to our gala preview performance on February 11, 2019, with bubbles and canapés on arrival and a Q&A with the cast and director afterwards

£500 or more

1 of 3 claimed

Everything + Showtime + Rehearsal Visit

All of the above, including two tickets to the gala preview performance plus a visit to rehearsals in the week before we open (week commencing Feb 4 2019) for you and up to four guests to see how we're working and ask any questions you might have.

£750 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Everything + Showtime + Rehearsal Visit + Script

The full works, including two tickets to the gala preview and a rehearsal visit for you and up to four guests, plus we'll throw in a copy of the script signed by the cast and crew as a souvenir.

£750 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Corporate Bronze Package - Saint

For our corporate stars, your £750 will get you social media coverage from us, Wall of Honour recognition, a black and white half page advert for your business in the programme, as well as two tickets for you for our gala preview performance on Feb 11, 2019, complete with bubbles and canapés on arrival, a Q&A with the cast and some networking after & a souvenir goody bag. You provide PDFs of advert by 1/2/19. No political organisations, please

£1,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Corporate Silver Package - Cherub

For our corporate stars, your £1000 will get you social media coverage from us, Wall of Honour recognition, a black and white full page advert for your business in the programme, as well as four tickets for you for our gala preview performance on Feb 11, 2019, complete with bubbles and canapés on arrival, a Q&A with the cast and networking after & a souvenir goody bag. You provide PDFs of advert by 1/2/19. No political organisations, please.

£1,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Corporate Gold Package - Seraph

For our corporate stars, your £1500 will get you social media coverage from us, Wall of Honour recognition, a full-colour half page advert for your business in the programme, as well as eight tickets for you for our gala preview performance on Feb 11, 2019, complete with bubbles and canapés on arrival, a Q&A with the cast and networking after and a souvenir goody bag. You provide PDFs of advert by 1/2/19. No political organisations, please.

£2,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Corporate Platinum Package - Angel

Corporate heroes pledging £2000 will get Associate Producer credit, social media, Wall of Honour glory, a full-colour full page advert for your business on rear/either inside cover of the programme, as well as ten tickets for you for our gala preview performance on Feb 11, 2019, complete with bubbles and canapés on arrival, post-show Q&A and networking and a souvenir goody bag. You provide PDFs of advert by 1/2/19. No political organisations

£5,000 or more

Full Sponsorship - Undoubted Archangel

Any individual or business sponsoring the whole show will get everything except the gala preview performance as we will take the show to you in 2019. If you provide a venue outside London (owing to rights restrictions), we will put on the show for you and your guests to raise money for the apolitical charity of your choice and offer a Q&A, some photo ops and souvenirs afterwards. Date to be decided. Travel may have to be met depending on location


Let's make 'Doubt by John Patrick Shanley - Eastbourne Feb '19' happen