What it is!
Stages Theatre Co. is teaming up with a group of core Canadian artists working and living in London, U.K., to bring the Oh Canada! F(eh)stival to the Landor Space in March 2018.
With an eclectic program we believe that there is something for everyone. Though the programming is exclusively Canadian, we hope to attract a varied audience giving the work much deserved exposure, and allow new collaborations between local and international artists to form. For this festival to be a success, we rely heavily on our collaborations with audiences and local theatre makers.
Our backgrounds are from a range of performance practices; on stage, behind the scenes and in administration. Between us, we have a history of successful grant applications, a number awards and recognitions, up and running producing companies, and prominent freelance careers. To say that we are dedicated is an understatement.
We believe wholeheartedly in our project. As many artists, we all work incessantly to create work, to build an audience, and share our passions with others.
Several months ago, we wanted to get together as Canadian artists and share some of the work with our UK colleagues. We discovered a vast number of artists who were living here from our home country and were wanting to do the same thing. In addition, there was a real demand for the work and this led up to the creation of this week long series of events.
March 19th-24th, 2018, Landor Space, Clapham, London.
19th - Scratch night of new work
20th- Musical Theatre night
21st and 24th - Rehearsed readings and solo performances
22nd-24th - LITTLE ONE by Hannah Moscovitch
The full line-up with description of events can be found at www.landorspace.com/oh-canada
The help we need!
Producing and programming a festival is a lot of work, your donations will provide us with the resources to achieve our goals and to give audiences a great week of theatre.
The budget for the festival is £7736. This accounts for artists fees, rentals, rights, production costs and marketing. We are applying for grants around the clock, and the anticipated funding has been divided up among the categories.
The money raised from our campaign will help finance the work of dozens of artists participating in our festival. If we reach our goal, the rest of the funds will cover other components to the festival such as rental fees and insurance.
The perks we provide are first and foremost an opportunity to purchase your ticket in advance, which helps us in preparing the festival.
Despite the Commonwealth connection, there is an absence of integration between the Canadian and British artistic communities. The vision behind this festival is to encourage the creative exchange between Canada and the UK, while providing an active platform for dialogue and exposure. We have a thriving theatre ecology in Canada, with young, diverse theatre makers and exciting new works that explore complex and innovative content, styles, and forms of writing. We hope to foster these new relationships between artists, producers, and programmers through our festival. All of this in the hopes of forging new links which will strengthen our cultural scenes and have a deep impact on our citizens.
YOUR pledges will aid in developing these relationships and will support the creation of new work and the presentation of work unknown to UK audiences.
As a young company, we will rely heavily on the support of our donors. In the past, campaigns such as these have helped us produce two successful shows. We are now looking at a much bigger and more ambitious project. One that we are ready to take on and which we believe will have an impact in the development of cultural exchanges between the two countries.
This is a big undertaking, there is no doubt about it! The group of core artists producing this festival complement each other well with the many varied backgrounds that form our practice as artists.
Of course, sometimes, that ethic and hard work will undeniably fall short for a few reasons.
The biggest one is financial. Let's be honest for a second, making theatre is costly. Working at best practice, including paying artists a living wage, which is a goal we have set ourselves, can be tricky. Money provides us with a peace of mind which can then help fuel the artistic desires and promises of the festival. We are working hard to engage with embassies and arts funding bodies, and are in the midst of conversations with potential partners and sponsors.
Another challenge we are facing with this project is the exposure. Many of the core artists working to produce this festival have come to work in London from Canada. This can sometimes be a disadvantage when it comes to exposure in London. We want to collaborate and exchange with local artists and your pledges will help us spread the word and make sure people come enjoy some great theatre.
Other Ways You Can Help
We are always looking for help of all kinds, monetary and otherwise. If you would like to volunteer to work as an usher, box office attendant, or just to help us get the word out, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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