Arts Council England have pledged to fund 25% of our total if we can raise the first 25%!
Please help us secure this funding by making a pledge to our project. Any amount will be greatly appreciated and put us on our way to achieving our goal.
A message from Three4All Theatre
We here at Three4All are very excited by this new production!
Theatre is widely known to be one of the most trying industries in which to create work. We have been working tirelessly to make this production a reality and we could really benefit by your support.
We are a small theatre company with big ambitions and a lot to say. The current arts climate can often mean it is very difficult to bring top quality theatre to smaller communities. Each community has a history and a story to match. This play aims to tell an often untold story that bears great social importance and is held in high regard by the people of Bermondsey.
The funds raised from this crowdfunding campaign will ensure that actors and production crew do not have to work unpaid. Consequently, we will be able to fulfill our ambitions of bringing this production to other non-theatre venues throughout London, ensuring those that may not have immediate access to varied theatre will be able to benefit. Looking onwards, we would also be able to bring this important piece of social history to a diverse audience at the Edinburgh Fringe next Summer.
Your willingness to aid our production will be supporting a diverse range of talent throughout the Theatre Industry. It will encourage creatives to carry on creating the work that you enjoy seeing.
Your pledge would be greatly appreciated and you will be thanked endlessly for it!
The Three4All Theatre Company
Introducing Politic Man
This play explores the antithesis between the public and the private face of politicians and asks if it is ever possible to stick to your principles at all times. It is the true story of Alfred Salter and his wife Ada, who between them, stood for local, mayoral and parliamentary elections throughout their lives. Salter and his wife proved that moral values and integrity could walk hand in hand with leadership. Through their eyes, we are asking what leadership really is.
To find out more, read the writer's blog and keep up-to-date with the process please visit our website www.politicman.com
About Alison Mead: Actor, Writer and Artistic Director of Three 4 All Theatre
I am an experienced professional actor, director, teacher and published writer. My interest in history and social politics informs my writing and theatrical work, creating a fusion of aesthetics with which I hope to spark debate and inspire communities to engage with the world around them. I have worked with young people who were excluded from mainstream education, in devising a play with music in a week for the Churchill Theatre. Also, a schools’ tour "Just Say No" with students about drug use in partnership with local authorities. For the National Trust, I directed a verbatim project, performed by older people based on their own memories of childhood. For the National Theatre Youth Challenge, I brought "Girls Night Out", another devised piece, centring on feminine issues to the Olivier stage. "Century of Women" a celebration of the lives of some of the most influential women from the last 100 years, toured London with ten actresses/ singers to celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day and was revived six months later with a smaller cast at Leicester Square Theatre. “Director Alison Mead hopes that this production will showcase how women have shaped history and spark debate. I think she has succeeded. It definitely touches on many important issues that have not lost its relevance over the years.” (UK Theatre Network) Teaching and directing engagements at accredited drama schools include: Central School of Speech and drama and Arts Educational Schools.
How this project is supporting individual artists
Up until now all productions have been seen in theatre spaces whose conventions have been followed. Now the company will be performing in varying non-theatre spaces. This is a challenge to my own working practice which is dependent on conventional staging and now needs to break away from that and create scenes in a different way. To do this I shall take advice from other theatre makers who are experienced in physical theatre, chorus work and clowning and introduce new devices to develop the piece. Fiona Watson will be advising on this area of work.
Similarly, and in line with the Mission Statement of Three4all theatre, there will be two new graduates working on the project in which they are learning and practising skills. Megan Fisher’s role as producer is allowing her to create imaginatively in tandem with practical applications to promote the show to a wide audience. Elliot Huxtable is building on his experience as a student director by assisting the Artistic Director in developing the project, working with professional actors for the first time.
Describing the Creative Output
The artistic output will be a theatre piece entitled “Politic Man” a historical play for today exploring the work of Alfred and Ada Salter who lived and worked tirelessly to improve conditions for working people in Bermondsey, South London. The show will open at Ugly Duck creative space for three performances in December which is in the heart of the community where the Salters are still remembered. The show will include film, projections, live music and multiple role playing.
Following this activity and feedback a tour to non-theatre spaces in S.E. London, in January 2017, will take the work to areas with a strong link to their history. For example: the William Morris Society; the Brockway Room at Conway Hall; the Katherine Low Settlement all have social links to the Salters aims, thereby engaging the target audience with issues that are directly relevant to their community. It is also hoped to visit schools in the area including Greenwich where Dr Salter went to school.
The play will present to the audience the unknown heroism of the Salters who stood for local and national elections and who were partly responsible for the founding of the NHS and the fledgling Labour Party. The Salters’ story mirrors social problems of today: a new kind of poverty, class divide, health, wealth and the attitudes to war. They proved that moral values and integrity could walk hand in hand with leadership. Through their eyes, the play questions what leadership really is. I aim to challenge the apathy of this generation by re-igniting interest in the Democratic process; to highlight the relationship between local and global community and their elected representatives; to provoke debate amongst the local community and a wider audience. If further funding is found, a National Tour will take place in 2017 centring on the North of England where the Independent Labour Party has its roots. Schools will attend workshops to engage practically with the Salters' legacy. A short film extract of the play will be used to help children create scenes in the classroom. From this activity a creative writing competition will be launched with a prize for the best story, presented by the newly elected MP who is strongly involved with the Salter legacy. Through this activity I hope to help them develop an understanding of their community's history. The older local community will take part in the rehearsal process by sharing personal memories and discussing the storytelling and characters, real and imagined.
This project has been approved for funding through the Artists + The Crowd match funding. It has received a bridge of 25% towards its fundraising target from Arts Council England.