The Argosy Arts Company is a new group formed of current and former students from the University of Exeter. This August we are taking our first ever show, ‘The House of Edgar’, to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The show is an original gothic horror musical, written by Argosy’s Thomas F. Arnold and Beth Cowley, based on the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe. We aim to raise £2,000 which will contribute to the costs of performing the show at the Edinburgh Festival.
About the Show
Edgar Allan Poe is dead. His reputation ruined and his legacy crumbling. His work is all that remains. As Rufus Griswold prepares to take control of Poe’s estate, echoes of the past begin to emerge. Inside these walls, are the stories simply marks upon a page, or something else entirely?
This show uses folk-styled songs to retell some of Poe's most famous stories, weaving them into a ghostly new tale. Unpredictable, unusual and unique: ‘The House of Edgar’ is an exciting and unlikely new blend of gothic horror and musical theatre.
You can find more information about the show, including couple of preview song recordings, on our website by clicking here (http://argosyarts.co.uk/HouseOfEdgar).
About Our Company
The Argosy Arts Company is a new multi-artform production company with a passion for creating original work that combines different artistic fields in inventive and unique ways. We use original music and innovative theatre to create exciting and fresh work to surprise, challenge and entertain a wide variety of audiences.
The company has been formed by a group of current and former students from the University of Exeter who met whilst involved in the music and drama scene at the university. Our aim is to create a unique artistic community that allows young performersto collaborate with other artists across disciplines. Our initial model focuses on music and theatre, but in future we hope to expand to involve all of the arts in a truly integrative production company. 'The House of Edgar' is a project of our theatre group, The Argosy Theatre Company.
You can find more information about our company, on our website by clicking here (http://argosyarts.co.uk/about).
About the Argosy Theatre Company
Lead by our Artistic Theatre Director, Beth Cowley, our theatre group produces original work with an emphasis on exploring the relationship between theatre and music. We offer emerging theatre creators and performers the chance to be a part of a company which generates bold, imaginative work.
Our Plans for the Fringe
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival, with thousands of acts performing at hundreds of venues across the city. We are excited to take advantage of such a fantastic opportunity to showcase new work and build the reputation of Argosy.
We have already secured our venue and registered the show with the Fringe Society. We will be performing at theSPACE on the Mile (Venue 39) from the 5 - 27 August at 10:10pm - an ideal slot for a horror musical! Our venue has capacity for 60 people.
Why We Need Your Help
The following table summarises our key forms of income and expenditure, highlighting the contribution that crowdfunding will make to our project. For every £1 of crowdfunding pledged we aim to generate at least £2 through ticket sales or other income streams, ensuring your contributions are matched by our own hard work.
Main Forms of Income & Expenditure
*Projected ticket sales are a rough estimate based on 40% fill (of 60 seat capacity) at an average price of £9 per ticket, deducting VAT and box office commission.
In addition to this crowdfunding campaign we have a great number of other fundraising opportunities and events planned including bake sales sponsored by a local cafe (Boston Tea Party), a show launch night and various other events. We will also be applying for a number of different grants to help cover some more of our set and venue hire costs. Finally, our cast and crew will be covering their own accomodation costs whilst in Edinburgh, meaning every penny we receieve will be targeted directly towards the show.
Thank You for Your Support!
Any contribution, however large or small, would be greatly appreciated. In return we have created a series of rewards which you can find in the column on the right of this page.
If you have any questions about the project please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can do so via our website by clicking here (http://argosyarts.co.uk/contact).