*UPDATE FROM THE YOUNG DIRECTORS 27.3.20*
We have chosen to postpone the PlayDoh: Things That Shape Us, StoneCrabs Young Directors Festival 2020 and Playdoh: The Launch Party until Autumn 2020. The good news is, however, that our CrowdFunder page will now remain open for a little longer so there is still plenty of time to donate and share this page to your friends and family if you haven’t already!
In light of the recent developments regarding the Covid-19 pandemic we have decided that, for the benefit and safety of all our young directors and festival attendees, it would most be appropriate to postpone the festival until the Autumn 2020. We are still working hard on the festival, both creatively and logistically, and view this postponement as a real opportunity. With the extra planning time, we will pursue further avenues of funding as a group and spend more time exploring the creative vision of our plays. We hope that you will continue to support us on our journey and we cannot wait to share our work with you in the Autumn.
We would also like to take this opportunity to THANK YOU all for your donations thus far! We were already at almost 50% of our £5000 target and would like to emphasise how much your support, both financial and moral, means to us. We'll be in touch about personally with those who have already donated in the near future.
We are sending you all so much love to stay optimistic, brave, calm and connected during these uncertain times. We cannot wait to share our work with you in the Autumn.
With love and creative wishes,
John, Harry, Jessica, Paloma, Vicky, Miranda, Catharina, Simonne, Jessica, Bellaray, Tara and Robyn x
From 27-30 April 2020 12 young theatre directors will be showcasing their work to wider public and industry professionals, and we need YOUR support!
PLAYDOH,‘Things that shape us’
StoneCrabs Young Directors Festival 2020 - a 4 day festival with 3 short plays a night.
The festival gives us an opportunity to showcase our skills as emerging leaders and young directors and present a programme of professional staged plays that respond to and reflect the experiences that have shaped us. It is a celebration of our differences, an insight into what has formed us individually: everything we've done, everywhere we’ve been, the people we know, everything we've seen and been through.
We are 12 completely different people, from diverse backgrounds, from all over the world. We have been given FREE training in marketing, directing, producing and project management - and the festival is where we put all of our training into practice!
The 12 StoneCrabs Young Directors are responsible for producing and fundraising for the whole festival. That’s where you come in:
Your donations will enable us to:
> Pay professional actors fairly for all 12 shows
> Hire rehearsal space
> Work with talented technicians
> Maintain the highest production values
> Produce the best shows possible
It will also give us
> A rare opportunity to make ourselves known to industry professionals
> Connections with a range of expert artists
> Networking opportunities
> Signposting towards employment opportunities
STONECRABS THEATRE's Young Directors Training Programme
Every year StoneCrabs runs a one of a kind FREE Young Directors Training Programme, which nurtures upcoming directors from diverse backgrounds and provides a pathway into theatre directing and producing.
Past programme alumni include: Lynette Linton, the Artistic Director of Bush theatre, Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu, the 2019 winner of the JMK Young Director Award, Tinuke Craig, the 2014 winner of the Genesis Future Directors Award and Producer Rebecca Gwyther, who runs RJG productions LTD.
StoneCrabs creates a pipeline for emerging artists and increases the diversity of the community of theatre directors in the UK. The positive influence of this change ripples out to the rest of the industry; more diverse leaders and a more diverse directorial community means more diverse plays being produced, programmed and performed throughout the country, which creates opportunities for underrepresented artists of all kinds.
Pledge your support in nurturing the next generation of theatre makers.
Your donation will go a long way in creating a richer, healthier theatre and arts environment for all.
PLAYDOH: The Launch Party
6.30PM | THEATREDELI BROADGATE | 31.03.20
The LAUNCH party is part celebration, part live entertainment, part fundraiser for the festival and an opportunity to network amongst some of the industries freshest faces.
Get yo' tix! Come one, come all, join with us as we work hard, play DOH.
Tell us you're attending The Facebook Event!
LINE UP INCLUDES:
Lynette Linton (Artistic Director, Bush Theatre)
Jess Fitz and her band
many more to be announced