The Dead Theatre Society Project

by April Singley in Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Total raised £65

£3,000 target 19 days left
2% 3 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 12th July 2024 at 1:56pm

The project celebrates the talent in our city whilst bridging the gap of arts accessibility between London and Portsmouth.

by April Singley in Portsmouth, United Kingdom

With the expressed blessings from Sir David Hare and Dame Judi Dench, Mary Rose Productions has been award a grant from the Arts Council England and support from Portsmouth Creates for our project, The Dead Theatre Society Project, culminating in public performances of Sir David Hare's play, Amy's View at the Portsmouth Guildhall LENS studio the 19, 20, 21, 22nd of September and educational touring performances at the University of Portsmouth and Chichester College.  The Portsmouth Guildhall is providing us with rehearsal space, venue, support with our work-shadow opportunities, and workshops for young people to gain hands-on experience in theatrical and artistic careers in theatre tech, directing, stage management, acting, design, costuming, and creating environmentally-conscientious theatre during the summer holidays. 

Mary Rose Production’s (MRP) was formed to fill the gap between the amateur theatres Portsmouth has and the professional houses in London, to make a difference in Portsmouth for emerging artists to discover pathways into arts careers and grant professional artists an outlet to share and develop their artistic practices through collaboration and development of transferable skills.The Dead Theatre Society Project is a community-driven, self-produced, professional-grade production of David Hare’s play, Amy’s View, designed to create opportunities for creatives to practise their craft in the city of Portsmouth whilst learning about the process of self production in order to foster creativity and future work. The play was chosen because its themes highlight the importance of theatre to our culture and society- a theme which we have based our project on.  As its MRP’s maiden production, we will step-up into positions of leadership to gain hands-on experience in the process of self-production while inviting the community and young people to partake in the production itself, resulting in:

-opportunities for creatives to create professional-grade work that showcases

their talents, develops new skills, and includes the working-class demographic

of Portsmouth

-young people taking part in the tradition of theatre and discovering pathways

into creative careers.

-MRP to use the skills developed to create future work

- deliver workshops on the development and education of business skills creatives must exhibit. These business skills will be developed amongst the company during production of Amy’s View and shared with the community and to equip young people as they make their way into creative fields. 

-invigorate the community of Portsmouth to celebrate the theatre as part of our

culture and heritage


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

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Free tickets to our next production for you and two friends as well as one of our actors delivering a Shakespeare telegram to you or a loved-one within a 20 mile radius of London or Portsmouth. Surprise someone on their birthday, anniversary, Valentine's Day with something memorable and unique.

£10 or more

£10 reward

Name mentioned in our program

£50 or more

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£50 Reward

2 Free tickets to Showbait 2025 at Groundlings theatre.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Signed poster from the cast and crew

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