Help get FLITCH the musical to the Flitch Trials!

by PINCHY theatre in Dunmow, Essex, United Kingdom

Help get FLITCH the musical to the Flitch Trials!

Total raised £287

£5,000 target 43 days left
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Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 31st July 2024 at 12:47pm

We're PINCHY theatre, and we're bringing our new musical FLITCH, to the Great Dunmow Flitch Trials 2024, the tradition its based on.

by PINCHY theatre in Dunmow, Essex, United Kingdom

Hello! We're PINCHY theatre, an award winning non-hierarchical artist collective who create live performance across the UK. We're fundraising for our new musical, FLITCH by Packham & Kealy. The show was a finalist for the highly competitive Charlie Hartill Awards 2024, selected for a masterclass with Claude-Michel Schonberg (Les Miserables, Miss Saigon), presented at BEAM2023 (the largest new musical theatre showcase in the UK) and workshopped with the talented students of Leeds Conservatoire. Now, we have the opportunity to bring FLITCH the musical to Great Dunmow, just two days before the real trials, in the very same venue.


Our new musical, FLITCH, is about the ancient Great Dunmow Flitch Trials. Since 1104, Great Dunmow has hosted the Flitch Trials, an otherwise lost tradition where married couples must prove to a mock court that they haven’t argued, or wished they were unmarried in a year and a day. If successful, they are awarded with a Flitch of bacon, or in layman’s terms, half a pig.


This year, we have the unusual opportunity to bring the musical to the Flitch Trials festival itself. The real Flitch committee have generously offered to host us for a concert performance of FLITCH on the 11th July, in the venue where the real trials will happen two days later. The Flitch Trials only happen once every four years, so this we won't get this opportunity till the next Olympics.


We've applied for Arts Council Funding, but we won't find out the outcome until a week before rehearsals are due to begin. In the current climate, it's incredibly difficult to receive funding, and we want to plan for all eventualities. We also need to demonstrate some 'match-funding' to support the grant, should we be successful. If we are the lucky 10-20% who receive ACE funding, we want this show to have a life beyond this concert. Any money we receive will go straight into developing the show for future audiences.


In short, your money goes to people. Our highest costs are for paying artists fairly. For context, we have budgeted £4,500 to pay actors for the 5 day rehearsal period. plus an additional performance fee. If we don't get funding, we will have to reduce this to 2 days and operate on a profit-share basis.

Should we receive ACE funding, your money will be used to pay for future performance opportunities, dramaturgical support, marketing and audience development.


In this industry it often feels like we're all passing the same tenner round. We shouldn't have to crowdfund our careers. It sucks, but we still have to try. We're hoping this fundraiser reaches people beyond the theatre industry, and of course, that we get funding by ACE. The heart of this show lies in how traditions evolve in a world that's outgrowing them, and gives rural towns a chance to celebrate their absurd histories. We're interested in connecting audiences from outside London, and expanding the perception of musical theatre.

Any donation, large or small, is highly appreciated, and will be used to support the development of our musical.

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