To make this happen WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
This is an incredible opportunity to be part of a groundbreaking and vitally important piece of theatre. The play brings the important issue of baby loss to the stage in an entertaining, funny and moving story that will resonate acutely with those who have lost children as well as anyone who has ever grieved or knows those that have.
1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss and so it is more than likely that you know someone who has gone through this. The silence around baby loss leaves people isolated and alone. We want this play to help raise awareness of this so the bereaved feel supported. It will help remove the stigma and silence that surrounds the issue by encouraging people to start talking about it.
On top of this we have brought an incredibly exciting creative team together, many of whom worked on our previous production No Place For A Woman, who will ensure that this play is a stunning and magnificent theatrical event.
The play is narrated by the father (Rupert) who we eventually find out is talking to his deceased son (Teddy), recounting the story of how he and his mother (Alex) met, created him and how they are still dealing with losing him. It is a play of two distinct halves: the excitement, anticipation, charm, humour, angst, hope and dysfunction of a burgeoning relationship and the preparations for starting a family; followed by a window into how humans deal with a very very private unspoken grief.
The play is backed by SANDS, the still birth and neo-natal charity; Petals, the baby loss counselling service; Professor Alexander Heazell director of Tommy's Rainbow Clinic at St Mary's Hospital Manchester; midwives from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust; and bereaved parents. Producing this play will give a platform for all these people - so help us make it happen!
Past Reviews for Small Things Theatre
‘Subtle and compelling’ - The Stage**** on No Place For A Woman by Cordelia O’Neill, Theatre 503.
‘Brutal elegance’ - The Scotsman**** on A Gym Thing by Tom Vallen, Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh & London,
“Eroticism, poetry and mystery in Paris with @smallthingstc production of Leaves @_caravanserail_ beautifully written and performed by David Mildon and directed by @SimonEvans25. A play in a bookshop!” – Catherine Taylor of the Financial Times on twitter on Leaves by David Mildon, Caravanserail Bookshop.
‘A terrifically topical and consuming exploration of identity politics’ - EdFringeReview**** on The Stolen Inches by Cordelia O’Neill, Edinburgh Festival.
Where Your Money Will Go
- Cast and Creative Fees
- Rehearsal Room Hire
- Press, Publicity, Advertising
- Providing workshops, talks, and access to support services alongside the play.
An off west end show costs in the region of £40,000 to stage so your contributions will be combined with grants we have applied for, private investors and the company's money in order to enable us to bring this story to the stage.
The Creative Team
Kate Budgen - Director
The play will be directed by Kate Budgen. Kate directed No Place For A Woman at Theatre 503 and has been at the helm for the development of Anything Is Possible from the beginning, working closely with writer Cordelia O’Neill. As writer and director team, they work extremely well together.
Kate trained at Birkbeck College and on the NT Studio Directors course.
Selected directing credits include: The Importance of Being Earnest (Watermill Theatre) Anything is possible if you think about it hard enough (Vaults Festival), No Place for a Woman (Theatre 503) Strong Arm (Underbelly/Old Vic New Voices), The Hairy Ape (Southwark Playhouse) Rigor Mortis (Papatango/Finborough), Crossed Keys (Eastern Angles), Bedbound (Lion and Unicorn), Stoopud Fucken Animals (Traverse Theatre), There is a War (Arts Ed) Punk Rock (Guildford School of Acting), Anne Boleyn (RWCMD).
She has been a Creative Associate at the Bush Theatre and has worked as Assistant and Associate Director for The Gate Theatre, The Almeida, The Opera Group, Pentabus Theatre, the Bush Theatre, Opera North and for the Michael Grandage Company. She is a Connections Director for the National Theatre Connections Festival and is co-artistic director of new writing company EQ Theatre. She is currently Associate Director for Girl from the North Country (Toronto and London West End)
Cordelia O’Neill - Playwright
Cordelia is a writer, actress and co-founder of Small Things Theatre. She trained at Oxford School of Drama. She wrote sell-out show The Stolen Inches Edinburgh 2015:
‘manages to find the sweet spot that a good deal of theatre is often seeking – we leave the auditorium full of thoughts and questions’ - Broadway Baby ****
‘Playwright and director Cordelia O’Neill’s first full length play is a must-see domestic drama, beautifully put together’ - A Younger Theatre ****
‘Subversive and intriguing piece of social satire’ - The Scotsman ***
Her production No Place For A Woman ran at Theatre 503 last year and has been optioned by Cannibal Films. She is currently writing the screenplay:
‘Gripping’ - The Reviews Hub *****
‘Both intricate and understated, No Place for a Woman is a subtle and compelling character piece’ - The Stage ****
Her play The Vote about women’s suffrage with E17 Puppet Theatre Company toured Summer 2018 and finished at HighTide’s Walthamstow Festival. She was a writer on The Apologists at the Vaults 2019.
Camilla Clarke - Set & Costume Designer
Camilla is a Set & Costume designer based in London, UK.
She trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, graduating in 2014 with First Class Honours in Theatre Design.
In 2015 she was a winner of the Linbury Prize for Stage Design.
Camilla was the recipient of the Prince of Wales Arts Scholarship 2013, The Paul Klimpton prize for innovation in Design and The Lord Williams memorial prize for Design in 2014.
Credits include: Bad Roads, Human Animals (Royal Court Theatre); Frogman (Traverse), The Day After, Trial By Jury (English National Opera), No Place For A Woman (Theatre 503), Dirty Great Love Story (Arts Theatre, West End).
Lucy Cullingford - Movement Director
Lucy has an MA in Movement Studies from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Lucy collaborates regularly with the RSC and productions in the role of Movement Director include: Coriolanus, Snow In Midsummer; Greg Doran’s groundbreaking production of The Tempest; Don Quixote and The Jew of Malta. Lucy was movement practitioner in the Movement Department at the RSC working on David Farr’s The Winter’s Tale, Greg Doran’s Hamlet, Loves Labors Lost and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Courtyard Theatre). Lucy is currently Dance Repetiteur for the RSC’s production of Matilda The Musical.
West End productions include: Don Quixote (Garrick Theatre); King Lear (Duke of York's Theatre); Constellations (Duke of York's Theatre).
Theatre credits include: Swallows and Amazons (Storyhouse Theatre); Table (New Vic Theatre); Mountains (Manchester Royal Exchange); The Winter's Tale (National Theatre & tour); The Shadow Factory (Nuffield Theatres); The 101 Dalmatians (Birmingham Rep); King Lear (Chichester Festival Theatre); Jenufa (Grange Park Opera); No Place for a Woman (Small Things Theatre); East is East (Northern Stage and Nottingham Playhouse); Abigail's Party (Theatre Royal Bath); The Wakefield Mystery Plays, (Wakefield); Of Mice And Men (Birmingham Rep); My Mother Said I Never Should, (St James's Theatre); The BFG (Octagon Theatre); The Night Before Christmas, (West Yorkshire Playhouse);
Sally Ferguson - Lighting Designer
Sally's credits include: The Importance of Being Earnest (Watermill Theatre), Strange Fruit (Bush Theatre), Snow White (The Wrong Crowd), An Adventure (Bush Theatre), End of the Pier (Park Theatre), Honour (Park Theatre), Carmen the Gypsy (Arcola Theatre), To See The Invisible (Aldeburgh Festival), Building the Wall (Park Theatre), Again (Trafalgar Studios), Richard III (Perth Theatre), 31 Hours (Bunker Theatre), Aladdin (Watford Palace Theatre), Educating Rita (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch), While We’re Here (Farnham Maltings), Sweet Charity (Manchester Royal Exchange), Jess and Jo Forever (Orange Tree Theatre/Farnham Maltings), We Wait in Joyful, Hope (Theatre 503), Big Fish (Arts Ed Studio Theatre), And Then Come The Nightjars (Theatre 503).
Phil Scott-Wallace - Producer
Phil trained as an actor at LAMDA and is a co-founder of Small Things Theatre. Since the company’s formation in 2015, Phil has produced six plays: The Stolen Inches, No Place For A Woman, A Gym Thing, Leaves, Boots and Anything is Possible If You Think About It Hard Enough. He has also produced seven Night of Small Things, the theatre company’s variety night showcasing the best in music, theatre, comedy and poetry that the capital has to offer. In addition to this Phil pioneered a collaboration between UN Women and the Vault Festival in 2018 for their HeForShe ArtsWeek. This included a special Night of Small Things including work from Tony Award winner Simon Stephens and West End playwright Tamsin Oglesby. Alongside this he curated an evening on gender equality with a discussion featuring BAFTA winner and writer Robert Webb, Chi Onwurah MP, Sophie Walker leader of Women’s Equality Party, Matthew Ryder Deputy Mayor of London and David Brockway of the Great Men Initiative.
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