THE OBJECTIVE -
I want to create a professional theatre company that employs local writers, directors, performers, crew - everyone - and gives them a chance to keep their dreams alive and break into this incredible industry, creating work that is exciting, interesting, and benefits the local community. It goes further then that though, because New Recycled theatre will be founded not just on local employment and creating new and innovative experiences, but also on environmental responsibility.
My local area is considered an arts hub, and we are - but so many of the shows are toured to here from out of area, bringing their own performers, crew, backstage teams, that there is a community of wonderful, talented people here trained in all areas of theatre that just cant get work in our industry, and all too often the work that is available is unpaid - so in the end people have to give up on the dreams that they have worked so hard to pursue! I want to change that.
People shouldn't be excluded from their careers because of where they live, and they shouldn't have to leave their homes just to make a living doing what they love.
Its so much more than that though, because I want to create a company that uses as much recycled and reusable materials as possible - recycling and repurposing for sets, costumes, whatever we can, I want to create a company that works for the community in a variety of ways, from employment to experiences, to environmental responsibility. Not only conventional shows but creating performances that defy the barriers between performer and audience, interactive and immersive performances, in different and unexpected places.
The Next Steps
With the money that I raise through this campaign I want to be able to set up New Recycled Theatre as a professional Theatre company, and to fund the research and development of our first show!
What this would enable us to do is;
- Registering the company as an official professional theatre company
- Insuring us as a company
- Securing a working/rehearsal space to begin to develop and workshop our first production!
Prior to our first show, the planning, the rehearsing, all of that, the first thing that is necessary is to get us registered as an official company and to get us insured - those are the legal bits and establish us as legitimate, as well as protecting us and everyone we may work with in the future!
With the stretch funding that would also mean;
- Being able to hire local performers and professionals, and give them the chance to work to create a new and exciting first performance to launch our company!
- Hiring local unusual and underutilised venues to bring our immersive, innovative performances to the community.
Forming a database of local theatre talent is already under way (so if you are a Christchurch/Bournemouth/Poole local theatre worker - writer/producer/performer/director/crew/lighting/sound/anything - get in touch so we can add you on!) We are also already looking at and talking to local interesting and unusual venues so keep an eye on our facebook page at @NewRecycledTheatre for updates!
A bit about me
While I was in my first year of University I discovered my dream of starting my own theatre company, so during and after graduating from my costume with performance design degree I have worked as a costume designer, costume maker, set designer and builder, co-producer, director, crew, cast and the list goes on - all working towards making my dream a reality. This is the final hurdle, please help to get New Recycled Theatre up and running!