That Happy Breed: A Brexit Opera

by Dominic Robertson AKA Ergo Phizmiz PLC in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 6th June 2017 we successfully raised £550 with 18 supporters in 28 days

Funding for the UK premiere of "The United Kingdom of Earth", a Brexit Opera. A giant community epic with killer songs & surprises.

by Dominic Robertson AKA Ergo Phizmiz PLC in London, England, United Kingdom

NEWFLASH! The name of the show has been changed to "The United Kingdom of Earth: A Brexit Opera", from its original title "That Happy Breed".

Raising money for the UK premiere of "The United Kingdom of Earth", a Brexit Opera. Performed by a cast of 20 local people everywhere it goes, "The United Kingdom of Earth" receives its London premiere on July 26th 2017, at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival.

Around five years after departing the European Union, Britain finds itself alone in a world otherwise scorched by some massive nuclear misunderstanding. "The United Kingdom of Earth" uses song, speech and music to paint a picture of a completely isolated Britain, what lies therein, and what lurks beneath.

The aim of "The United Kingdom of Earth" is not to please anyone on either side of the Brexit argument, but rather to question and poke fun at ourselves, our values, and our history. At times like this, provocative art has the capacity to unite people!

We are crowdfunding the budget for this UK premiere. The show, originally a production of the Worm Avant-Garde Institute in Rotterdam, premiered at their Ubik Theatre last November. The London performance will be the first UK show, after a  performance at Glasgow's CCA had to be postponed due to funding difficulties.

We are looking for a budget of £3000 to cover travelcosts, accommodation, production costs, and marketing for the London premiere.

A note on opera. Opera = a new kind of performing art where music tells a story in combination with text, sung, spoken,
shouted, or screamed, and all the digital tools at our disposal. Opera is available to anyone with an imagination, a computer, and some friends.

AND if you can't support this feast financially, you can join THE FUN. At time of writing about half of the roles in this UK premiere have been cast, so we're still on the lookout for happy breeders. No experience necessary. You can sing, dance, act, or not, either way you are guaranteed THE FUN. Roles still looking to be cast include a screaming, blinded Nigel Farage atop a mountain, a futuristic undercover agent from a very illicit organisation, a politician of your choice, the father and mother of an everyday British family, and THE DOG. There are more, but there's time to chat about them.

About the artist. Over the past 20 years Dominic Robertson has carved a unique place in the cultural landscape. Releasing a body of work in excess of 300 hours over albums, radioplays, opera, theatre, installation, electronic music, and collage, his work has been presented around the world to widespread acclaim. This has including the Tate Modern, the Royal Festival Hall, BBC Radio 3, BBC 6Music, Bayerischer Rundfunk, WDR, Deutschlandradiokultur, the Worm Avant-Garde Institute, De Player, and Channel 4.

"He's like the Grandma gobbling wolf in Little Red Riding Hood, swallowing down the entire world, all the better to heave it back up in your face" - The Wire

“A burst of colour, noise and imagination...I would be slightly disappointed if you had witnessed anything like it before” - The New Statesman
"Maverick composer" - The Wire
"A truly English original who we should cherish deeply" - Sound Projector
“Mad but mesmerising” - The Times
"Sounds like Vivian Stanshall, Syd Barratt and Dali making merry" - Mojo Magazine
"The musical man of the moment" - The Times
"Eccentric, boundary testing, ridiculously different...In some ways you could say he is the complete artist...” - The Kaje
"Bloody marvellous" - Clash Magazine
"Goes to show how major record companies have lost touch completely" - Pennyblack Music
“We can't decide whether he's the new Viv Stanshall, a young Eno, a British Zappa, or a replacement for Frank Sidebottom" - The Guardian
"An ear practised in making the magical brush shoulders with the mundane" - Drowned In Sound
"One man movement" - The Wire
"The Emperor of Music!" - Tom Ravenscroft
"One of the most inventive composers around...a musical equivalent to Chris Morris" - BBC Radio 3, Mixing It


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1 or more

£1 Reward

If 3000 people pledge 1 pound, the world would be a happy place. Can you see utopia ahead? Your reward for pledging 1 pound would be the knowledge that you have had a role in building a bright and better future for you and your children and your children's children and your children's children's children. Utopia! Shangri La!

£10 or more

£10 Reward

You will receive free downloads of Dominic Robertson's "Brexit Songs for Everyone" and the "That Happy Breed EP".

£25 or more

£25 Reward

For 25 smackers, England's Greatest Entertainer will write you a LIMERICK about a subject of your choice. (Note: it will be a good limerick. England's Greatest Entertainer don't cut no corners when it comes to the rhymin'.)

£50 or more

£50 Reward

You will receive a beautiful "That Happy Breed" limited edition print, made using collage and transfer printing.

£100 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£100 Reward

GOODIE BAG. Receive a GOODIE BAG from England's Greatest Entertainer. It might just contain: a copy of the recent "Disco Carousel LP", a DVD of "The Keystone Cut-Ups" by People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz on Illegal Art, the very rare 2007 "Nose Points in Different Directions" CD on Womb Records, plus a whole stash of fun and luxury items, tailored especially for you. This is a limited edition of 3.

£150 or more

£150 Reward

You will receive an original piece of collage and / or transfer-printing artwork by England's Greatest Entertainer, made over the last fifteen years. Taken from solo exhibitions, publications, and installations.

£250 or more

£250 Reward

Pledge this, and you get to have dinner over Skype, with England's Greatest Entertainer, and we get to talk about politics and the wine. England's Greatest Entertainer is a sensational raconteur and is regularly booked as an after-dinner speaker at Women's Institutes and funerals across the UK.

£300 or more

£300 Reward

For this pledge I will write you a piece of iambic pentameter about a subject of your choice, then write it on some beautiful faux-parchment of some description, and send it to you via your postman.

£350 or more

£350 Reward

England's Greatest Entertainer is held in very high esteem by Beyonce and all her friends for his wonderful cover versions, created as Ergo Phizmiz between 2004-2015. Google 'em. A pledge of 350 will get you a marvellous cover version of a song of your choice. Isn't that exciting.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

For £500 I will write a beautiful song about you. Or about any subject you want. And I'll record it, make a lovely package for it, delicately fold it into an envelope, and send it to your letterbox.

£750 or more

£750 Reward

For 750 we can have a lovely day out together, perhaps at the zoo, or suchlike. England's Greatest Entertainer is well known for being marvellous company to have at the zoo. But if you don't like the zoo, it can be a place of your choice. But I do like the zoo.

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

For 1000 I will come to your house, or a venue of your choice, and put on a bespoke one-man show, especially for you. We can also have dinner and talk about politics. I could do my tap-dancing bit in your kitchen.

£2,000 or more

£2,000 Reward

If you pledge 2000 into this project then England's Greatest Entertainer could just come to your town and put on "That Happy Breed" there too with a cast of all your friends. What do you think? Do you want to have THE FUN?

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