We receive no public funding so all contributions, of any size, would be very welcome! The full cost of the production is around £8,000 and we'll only cover a third of that from ticket sales (they're small venues!) so we're very reliant on crowd funding.
PowerPlay is a new play about power, post-Brexit. It's in Camden Fringe (Lion & Unicorn Theatre, Kentish Town, 1st, 4th, 5th August) and we'll also perform it at Anteros Arts Centre, Norwich on 2nd and 3rd August. Using only 4 actors and the minimum of set, it's an hour long and couldn't be more topical. I'm producing it with professional actors at minimum Equity rates but otherwise the budget is as low as possible.
It's 2022, shortly after the next general election, and Britain is governed by a coalition of national unity in a period of post-Brexit-transition transition. Two newly elected MPs, of contrasting backgrounds, meet face to face for the first time - in a secure room deep inside a Middle Eastern airport. Unaware of why they've been detained, their only link with the outside world is through staff from the British Embassy. In this fable of what can happen when historic alliances are abandoned in favour of new rules for their own sake, the play takes a wry look at politics, democracy and Brexit before reaching a somewhat absurd - if inevitable - conclusion.
Although it's not the first play I've written it's the first time I've been completely responsible for making it happen. And we're starting from scratch! I'm supported by the director of my last play ('Making Allowances', 2010), Chris Mellor, and seasoned actor Clive Stubbs. Clive is joined on stage by Ian Alldiss, Joanna Swan and Geir Madland.