The Ballad of Orgreave

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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by July 5th 2019 at 8:27am

A theatrical inquiry into the Battle of Orgreave and legacy of the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike.

by Rotherham Underground in Rotherham, England, United Kingdom

Rotherham Underground is a new community and arts venue in the centre of Rotherham, and Rotherham’s only producing theatre company. We are an independent, not-for-profit, charitable organisation. We believe in theatre as a voice for communities and as a force for change.

2019 marks the start of the 35th anniversary of miners’ strike action in the 1980s, with the anniversary of the Battle of Orgreave in June 2019. Given the Government’s continued refusal to instigate an independent Orgreave inquiry, we feel it’s particularly important to ensure that alternate channels are in place to allow the experiences of miners and their families to be shared and remembered at this time.

To this end, we’re developing a new documentary theatre production based on the words and opinions of local people. This will combine recollections from those present at events in 1984-85 with reflections on personal experiences of the strike – with a particular emphasis on Orgreave – and its continued impact within affected communities. We intend to tour the play in early 2020, predominantly to community-based venues but also to the Houses of Parliament (for which we already have an invitation).

If you agree that we should support our former mining communities, by ensuring that their experiences are respected and their voices continue to be heard, then we really need your help to bring this production to life. We’re currently seeking funding from a number of sources but anticipate a shortfall between what we can raise through public grants and the cost of delivering this work in a manner that fairly remunerates the professional artists (at standard union rates) and also covers our space, equipment and travel expenses.

We’d be so grateful for any amount that you’re able to donate to support this project. Every bit really helps, and we’ve come up with some rewards which we hope will go some way towards demonstrating our appreciation of your amazing generosity – with separate tiers for individuals and organisations (including trade unions). By pledging what you can, you’re not only helping to ensure that this important piece of theatre is created and performed, but you’ll also demonstrate to public funders that there’s interest in and support for this work.

Please check out our website www.rotherhamunderground.com for more information on our company and personnel (our Artistic Director, Alice Bartlett, is leading the artistic development of this project as writer and director). If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’d also love to hear directly from anyone who was involved in miners’ strike action in the 1980s and would like to share their experiences with us: alice@rotherhamunderground.com

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Supporter - For individuals

A personal credit on our website and in the show programme as a project supporter.

£15 or more

Proud supporter

A personal credit on our website and in the show programme as a project supporter plus 2 limited edition button badges (Rotherham Underground; Ballad of Orgreave)

£25 or more

Guest Supporter

A personal credit on our website and in the show programme as a project supporter plus 2 limited edition button badges (Rotherham Underground; Ballad of Orgreave) plus a ticket for any one community performance of the show.

£40 or more

Solidarity Supporter

A personal credit on our website and in the show programme as a project supporter plus 2 limited edition button badges (Rotherham Underground; Ballad of Orgreave) plus a ticket for any one community performance of the show plus a limited-edition T-shirt (Ballad of Orgreave).

£75 or more

Sponsor - Individuals

A personal credit on our website plus 2 limited edition button badges (Rotherham Underground; Ballad of Orgreave) plus a ticket for any one community performance of the show plus a limited-edition T-shirt (Ballad of Orgreave) plus a signed programme and programme credit as a project sponsor.

£100 or more

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VIP Sponsor

A personal credit on our website plus 2 limited edition button badges (Rotherham Underground; Ballad of Orgreave) plus a limited-edition T-shirt (Ballad of Orgreave) plus a signed programme and programme credit as a project sponsor plus 2 x tickets for VIP preview, including drinks reception with writer/director and cast.

£200 or more

Supporter - For organisations

Up to 4 x tickets for any one community performance, each with a complimentary drink and programme; credit and logo on website and in programme as a project supporter.

£500 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Sponsor Organisation

Up to 8 x tickets for VIP preview, including drinks reception with writer/director and cast; credit and logo in programme and on poster as a project sponsor.

£1,000 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Project Partner

Up to 12 x tickets for VIP preview, including drinks reception with writer/director and cast; credit and logo in programme and on poster as a project partner; signed and framed poster; acknowledged in all applicable media as a project partner; personal advertisement space in programme.


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