Arthur Miller's "Two Way Mirror" - post-Covid Tour

by Dark Unicorn Productions in East Sussex, United Kingdom

£635

raised so far

8

supporters

We need your help to stage our first show post-pandemic, which will bring entertainment to seven communities and decide our future viability

by Dark Unicorn Productions in East Sussex, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 14th October 2021 we'd raised £535 with 8 supporters in 48 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Regular Donations: After you have completed your donation you will be able to set-up a regular donation arrangement to continue supporting this great cause.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, businesses across the world have been negatively affected by lockdowns and other necessary measures taken to slow the spread of the virus. In many ways, the cultural industries have been most severely affected, with minimal recovery aid and little or no support for small companies who work in collaboration with venues to bring much-needed entertainment to our communities. We are one such company seeking a last chance at survival following this most harrowing of periods in the creative sector.

 

Dark Unicorn Productions Ltd was founded in 2018 and incorporated in 2019 by Paddy Cooper and Eleanor Stourton to create exciting, thought-provoking and – above all – entertaining theatre for the world we live in, to do so in the regions and on the fringes with a focus on under-served communities, and to work on a zero-exploitation basis, with safe working environments and union-approved wages.

 

As a company, we have, along with so many in the arts sector, taken a hit because of Covid, and this has meant that we first had to scale back our plans for our next live production, and then had to find external funding in addition to our existing funds to allow us to proceed.

 

We have an extremely exciting show lined up for 10 performances across six venues, mainly in small communities, in Sussex and Kent – Two Way Mirror by Arthur Miller. The rights for this show are rarely awarded, and we are honoured to have been permitted to mount a production. The show is a double bill of short plays for the same two actors, looking at relationships, reality and how we interact and view one another, and doing so in a witty, fast-paced, dark but warm way. It is also regarded by many as Miller's only oblique artistic exploration of his failed marriage to Marilyn Monroe

 

In “Elegy for a Lady”, a shopkeeper attempts to help a man seeking a gift for a dying woman, only for them both to discover something about themselves

 

“Some Kind of Love Story” is classic Americana with a twist – a Sam Spade-style detective drama turns psychological when a private investigator tasked with proving a miscarriage of justice realises the only person who knows the truth is an old flame whose emotional fragility plays itself out in multiple personalities. Where does truth lie? And will anyone believe it if they hear it?

 

Our tour schedule is currently planned as follows (all performances at 7:30pm, full info at www.darkunicorn.org/two-way-mirror) :

 

Feb 24, 2022 - The Stag Arts Centre, Sevenoaks

Feb 26, 2022 - The Barn Theatre, Seaford

Mar 4, 2022 - The Grove Theatre, Eastbourne

Mar 5, 2022 - All Saints Centre, Lewes

Mar 11, 2022 - The Sinden Theatre, Tenterden

Mar 12, 2022 - The Izzard Theatre, Bexhill

Mar 18 & 19, 2022 - The Lantern Theatre, Brighton

Mar 25 & 26, 2022 - St Mary in the Castle Arts Centre, Hastings

 

Added to this we have been delighted to cast our own Eleanor Stourton in the two female roles, and she will be joined by the eminent West End and TV actor Iain Fletcher. A graduate of Drama Centre London, Iain was known for seven years as DC Rod Skase in The Bill and has also been a regular on Casualty and Eastenders as well as making his mark in the West End as Sam in Mamma Mia! and touring the UK as Bill Sikes in Oliver!

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The show’s technical and stage management provisions will be overseen by Katy Matthews – long time production manager for Brighton-based satirical cabaret “The Treason Show” and for the Brighton Fringe output at The Rialto Theatre.

 

All cast and crew are hired on agreed union rates for fringe productions and accommodated at no extra cost as required.

 

We are aiming to raise a minimum of £5,000 of the cost of producing the show via crowdfunding to allow us to stage the sort of show we would want to, while recognising the challenges and shifting environments caused by the recovery from the global pandemic. It will help market the show properly, contribute towards the positive work environment we aim to create and ensure that we have created a project fit to secure our corporate future. 

In addition, any regular donations pledged as part of the Crowdfunder platform will go towards the running costs of the business and planning future projects. All qualifying donations will be enrolled in our patron's scheme at the appropriate tier (see rewards for more details on the Rainbow, Diamond and Pegasus Circle tiers)

 

A range of pre-packaged benefits are available on this page and we are also very happy to discuss bespoke packages and corporate sponsorship options with individuals and businesses who want to be more deeply involved. Just email [email protected] to arrange a chat.

 

The arts should be the pinnacle of any civilised society, especially as we seek new and interesting ways of expressing ourselves after a cataclysmic 18 months for our world. Please help a small, independent company with big ideas and a bigger heart that has been overlooked in our post-Covid funding environment.

Rewards

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£5 or more

Every little helps - £5

Your fiver will be met with our eternal thanks

£10 or more

Shout Out - £10

As £5, plus a shout-out on our Twitter feed. Please let us know your Twitter handle, if applicable

£20 or more

The Social Option - £20

As £10, plus a mention on our other socials. Please let us know your social media handles plus any for your business if applicable

£50 or more

The Rainbow Unicorn - £50

As £20, plus a voucher for a free programme at any performance, plus a free year’s subscription to our Rainbow Unicorn patron tier, giving you priority booking and access to exclusive or priority-access content online

£100 or more

Be Our Guest - Live and On Screen - £100

As £50, plus two tickets to a performance of your choice and a personal video message from the cast and creative team.

£250 or more

The Diamond Unicorn - Individual - £250

Individual: As £100, plus a year’s free subscription to our Diamond Unicorn patron tier, giving priority booking, access to exclusive or priority-access content online and an invitation to an annual event for upper-tier patrons.

£250 or more

The Diamond Unicorn - Business - £250

As £100, plus corporate membership of our Diamond Unicorn patron tier, plus a half-page b/w advert inside our programme for your business (artwork to be supplied by you).

£500 or more

Diamonds & Tickets & Stuff - Oh My! (Indiv) - £500

Individual: As £250, plus an extra pair of tickets (two pairs total) and a signed programme

£500 or more

Diamonds & Tickets & Stuff - Oh My! (Corp) - £500

Business: As £250, plus a pair of tickets and a full-page b/w advert inside our programme for your business

£1,000 or more

The Pegasus Circle (Individual) - £1000

As £500, plus a year’s free subscription to our Pegasus Circle patron tier, giving even longer priority booking, access to exclusive or priority-access content online, an invitation to an annual event for upper-tier patrons and a networking event for top-tier patrons and business partners, PLUS an invitation for you and a guest to a morning or afternoon rehearsal at our rehearsal venue near Rye (Covid restrictions permitting)

£1,000 or more

The Pegasus Circle (Corporate) - £1000

As for £500, plus corporate membership of the Pegasus Circle patron tier (see individual version for full details), plus an invitation for you (or a representative) & a guest to a morning or afternoon rehearsal at our rehearsal venue near Rye (Covid restrictions permitting) PLUS a full page colour advert for your business in our programme.

£2,500 or more

Pegasus + Lunch/Dinner - Individual - £2500

As £1000, plus an extra pair of tickets to a performance of your choice (total 3 pairs), plus lunch or dinner with the cast and creative team for you and up to three guests prior to or following a visit to our rehearsal venue. (Covid restrictions permitting)

£2,500 or more

Pegasus + Lunch/Dinner - Business - £2500

As for £1000, plus full-page rear-cover, inner-front or inner-rear colour advert for your business, plus two pairs of tickets to a performance(s) of your choice, PLUS lunch or dinner with the cast and creative team for you (or a representative) and up to three guests prior to or following a visit to our rehearsal venue. (Covid restrictions permitting)

£5,000 or more

Associate Producer (Individual) - £5000

As £2500, plus an extra pair of tickets to a performance(s) of your choice (total 4 pairs), plus drinks reception with cast and creative team post-show, plus associate producer credit.

£5,000 or more

Corporate Partner (Business) - £5000

As £2500, plus allocation of 4 pairs of tickets to a performance or performances of your choice, plus logo on all marketing materials produced subsequent to purchase, plus “corporate partner” credit

£10,000 or more

The Full Works - plus we come to you! - £10,000+

Everything + “presented in association with” credit + 20 tickets + plus dinner & drinks with cast and creative team following a show, + Dark Unicorn Productions will stage a private evening of theatrical entertainment for you and your guests within 12-18 months, with Artistic Director Paddy Cooper & Executive Director Eleanor Stourton presenting an auction in aid of the charity of your choice. (Venue and auction lots to be arranged by donor)

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