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by The Last Time I Saw Caileigh in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Total raised £1,240

£4,000 target 2 days left
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Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 26th June 2024 at 7:56pm

Hello! We are reaching out to crowdfund for The Last Time I Saw Caileigh, an exciting piece of new queer theatre.

by The Last Time I Saw Caileigh in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

The Last Time I Saw Caileigh is a dark, funny and heartfelt one-act play that explores queer erasure through the lens of an unsolved mystery. When Caileigh Richardson goes missing, the three people closest to them point fingers at one another, and at the ever elusive “system”, as they recount their last few days with Caileigh and try to uncover what happened to them. It asks questions about gender, who we hold accountable for injustice... and fish sex changes. It was devised collaboratively by a small ensemble at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. This London premiere follows a successful run at Brooklyn Art Haus in New York City at the start of this year.

The Last Time I Saw Caileigh is the first full-length play by Slumber Party Productions, an international theatre company focusing on LGBTQIA+ stories. The piece has already been booked at The Cockpit Monday 3rd June 7:30pm for it’s London premiere, as well at Baron’s Court Theatre 11th-22nd June at 7:30pm before later in the year going into Old Joint Stock Theatre (Birmingham) September 5th-6th and Hope Street Theatre (Liverpool) September 19th-21st.

Response to the work so far:

“As if David Mamet is in the room, you will hold your breath against each twist and cut. Skilfully crafted text and seriously precise acting, this company makes naturalism compelling again.” -Timothy Dodd, Professor- London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

“A sharp piece of new writing, full of wit and integrity. Funny as it is enlightening, it feels viscerally authentic.” -Ian Morgan, Course Leader- Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

“Crying from laughing, crying from well, crying… The Last Time I Saw Caileigh is forever implanted in my heart.” - Audience feedback

“A beautiful and profoundly personal story about navigating gender identity in the modern world.” -Audience feedback

As the first full outing for a young company, we are currently paying out of pocket for venue hire and costs of putting on a production - which is where we need you. Having spent countless hours unpaid on making the work and applying for sources of funding we are constantly coming up against the economic struggles of arts fundings and culture cuts across the sector. As a company predominantly of international artists, this makes it an almost impossible barrier to connect with the industry in an impactful and meaningful way to get the piece to make the difference we know it already does.

Put simply, your money will help us achieve this UK tour, create better marketing tools to reach our audiences, and help the company grow. We have been so fortunate to enlist the help and talent of those behind the scenes as well who are working incredibly hard at a high standard for free. If you can help us give them something back, you will be helping those individuals, as well as our work on this production. We will also be able to get the work to more venues; the money will help us with travel, accommodation and support us taking work to places we have never been before.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Free ticket for the show - of your choosing! Come and see the work wherever is closest to you (London, Birmingham, Liverpool) and be sure to stick around and meet us afterward.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Thank you page on our website - We will be putting the names of all people who donate to help us start professional work on our website - which will stay there for as long as the internet continues to exist! Immortalise your name as a supporter of the arts.

£30 or more

£30 Reward

Ticket and drink bundle - All of the above plus the first round on us after!

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Personalised message from the cast - Ticket, drink and recorded by the whole creative team to thank you personally - we’ll even send you a poster of the show.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Meet and greet - ever wondered how work like this happens? You’ll get to sit in a rehearsal room and get a glimpse of our process - previews of new work coming before we even know what it will be!

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