Adam Pownall is an artist & theatre maker based in the East Midlands. As well as being a producer and performer he also works in venues: currently as Artistic Programme Manager for Lincoln Drill Hall, and previously working for Derby Theatre and Create Theatre, Mansfield.
In 2009 Adam contracted the rare illness Guillain Barre Syndrome and was paralysed within 3 weeks. He made a great recovery, you'll be pleased to know, though it was an emotional and physical struggle. Seven years on he is using his experience in the arts to produce a piece of theatre to tell a story of positive recovery.
In November 2015 'Getting Better Slowly' was first conceived under the working title 'GBS Project'. The research and development phase was funded by the Arts Council England with support from GAIN Charity, ARC Stockton, Deda, Derby Theatre and In Good Company.
We have now also secured commissioning support from Core Lincolnshire One Venues and Lincoln Drill Hall.
We are now applying for funding and aim to use crowdfunding to match what trusts and foundations offer us in order to produce the best art we can with the resources available.
We are aiming for £4,000 - £7,000 from our crowdfund campaign, this will be 15% of our total fundraising target. If we don't hit the total target the funds will still be used towards the production in order for us to make the performance and raise awareness of such a rare condition and its supporting charity: GAIN.
Our budget to make the work is almost £50,000
Through commissions we have already raised £5,000
Through performance fees we have raised £7,000
We have 'in kind' support to the tune of £1,000
We are applying for arts funding up to £26,000
Those with a keen eye for numbers will notice that we fall short of our £50k target and thats why we need you, our crowd, to help.
As you can see a lot of hard work has already been done to make this piece a reality and now we need you to help us get over that final hurdle.
We have exciting offers and rewards for our backers and will be putting our artists through a series of challenges when the project goes live! You can keep up to date with these on our Facebook page 'Getting Better Slowly'
New rewards will be offered as the project continues so keep checking back for updates!
What exactly will your money be spent on?
- With the current climate around funding in the arts it is crucial to pay artists for their craft and pay them what they deserve, a portion of the funding will go towards artists fees, in accordance with ITC recommended rates.
- The project is currently funded by GAIN Charity, any extra income raised could cover further costs to allow them to continue their great work with GBS sufferers and their families.
- Your money may go towards vital components required to make the show. The difference between donating £5 and £50 could directly effect the sparklyness and shinyness of the performance.
- £10 per person could cover the cost of the printed copy of the script.
- £300 could cover flyer print & distribution
- £180 is the average cost of providing accommodation for our tour team per night.
- £250 is the average weekly hire cost for a van to tour the production, we aim to be on tour for 8 weeks approx (cost £2000!)
- Without your support unicorns may die.