We are The CHANCE Collective. A newly formed theatre company from Guildford School of Acting at the University of Surrey. This coming May we are putting on our first ever production, One in Four.
We will be performing One in Four at the Brighton Fringe Festival on 19th and 20th May at 9pm. We have secured the brilliant and intimate Bar Broadway as the venue for our debut festival performance!
We will also be performing in Guildford at the Ivy arts Centre on the 27th May.
As a company, we are inspired by the realisation that every person lives a life as vivid and complex as each other. We are committed to voicing the unheard and overlooked experiences of everyday human existence.
We have a diverse range of experience which brings a variety of knowledge and skills to our work. We have experience in physical theatre, dance, creative writing, music, improvisation and spoken word which we are combining to create a highly collaborative piece. Our ethos is about telling individual stories, so we felt it was important to incorporate our individual perspectives and histories in the devising process.
At the moment One in Four is still in the rehearsal process and is very much changing and developing all the time. Having said this, we have a very clear sense of how the show will be structured and the direction it is moving in.
The title One in Four, comes from the statistic that one in four people will, at some point in their lives, suffer from a mental illness. We aim for our show to explore this statistic in some way. We want the show to take sympathetic yet playful look at three different stories and perspectives of mental health that are currently effecting an ever-growing number of sufferers around the world.
Mental Health is a topic that is really important to the members of our company and one we feel needs to be kept talking about. All of our members have had some experience with mental health, from cases with family or friends, personal experience or experience as a care worker for sufferers. We want this piece to reflect these experiences and highlight the positives that can come out of mental illnesses.
This campaign will help us create the best possible show to debut The CHANCE Collective as a professional theatre company and will enable us to afford set, costume and props and to take some first year students to Brighton with us so they can gain professional production experience. More importantly, we hope to continue to spread the word about mental health through theatre and raise money for Oakleaf Enterprise, a charity who provide support and vocational training for mental health suffers.
Oakleaf are a Guildford based charity doing amazing work for people in the local area aged 16-65. Their programme offers a wide range of support methods to build confidence and self-esteem and offers therapeutic training in upholstery, gardening and I.T. The charity also provides exercise, art and music classes, counselling and social activities. Oakleaf offer all their services for free which is why it is so important to help them continue their inspiring work.
All ticket proceeds and money left over in this campaign will be donated to Oakleaf Enterprise.