The Stars are Made of Concrete

by messydress in Manchester

We did it
On 17th March 2016 we successfully raised £1,205 with 26 supporters in 28 days

We are a Manchester based fringe theatre company taking a new play The Stars Are Made of Concrete to four venues across North-West England.

by messydress in Manchester

New stretch target

We acheived our target. Amazing! Thank you to everyone who helped there. But an extra £800 would be even better. It means that we can pay the actors for a longer rehearsal period and they can concentrate on creating great work rather than being worried about paying their bills.

The play

Adam has never had a job. At the age of twenty-four he is deemed lazy and useless by everyone around him: but when his mum, Bev, is made redundant after over a decade of working in the NHS the tables are turned. As Adam struggles to set up a life for himself and his new family, Bev is left wondering – “If we’re all in this together, why do I feel so alone?”

Why is this work important?

Because it breaks down the stereotype that people on benefits are lazy and looking for a handout that is constantly reinforced by the media. Adam and Bev each tell the story from their own very different perspectives. It isn’t a self-pitying tale of woe, but a play about ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. It is a story which needs to be told and we want as many people as possible to see it.

The company

Messy Dress Productions is a Manchester based theatre company founded in 2009 by actor and writer Michelle Ashton. We aim to create, develop and tour original new theatre by engaging artists and audiences from all backgrounds to explore the challenges and choices faced by those in our society who are under-represented in mainstream theatre. The company won a Forever Manchester Award for our first production Good Hidings at the 2009 Not Part Of Festival. Last year, The Stars are Made of Concrete was nominated for Best Drama and Best New Writing at The Greater Manchester Fringe Festival.

The Team

  • Adam – Jarreau Benjamin
  • Bev – Zoe Matthews
  • Sinead – Jenny Jordan-O’Neill
  • Carol – Joanne Dakin
  • Gaz – John Bulwich
  • Director – Colin Connor
  • Writer – Michelle Ashton
  • Producers – Michelle Ashton and Will Teller

What will happen to your money?

  • £5 – you have printed the scripts to use in rehearsal
  • £10 – you have booked an hour of rehearsal space
  • £25 – you have transported the actors to Preston
  • £50 – you have paid an actors wage for a performance
  • £100 – you have printed our marketing materials
  • £200 – you have hired The Lantern Theatre for one performance

Why do we need it?

This is a Fringe Theatre Production with five actors, all of whom will be working very hard for very little financial reward.  If we can take care of as many of these production costs as possible, the more we are able to market the show. The more people who come to see it the higher the box office split for the actors.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A huge thank you on our social media sites. Plus: You will be listed as a donor on our website.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

The above reward. Plus: A mention in the programme.

£25 or more

7 of 20 claimed

£25 Reward

The above reward. Plus: a free programme signed by the cast waiting for you when you come to the show, or posted to you for free.

£50 or more

5 of 7 claimed

£50 Reward

The above reward. Plus: a personalised thank you card from the writer. You will also receive a framed poster for the show signed by the cast.

£100 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£100 Reward

The above reward. Plus: 2 free tickets to the performance of your choice and personalised video greeting from our work coach Carol to be posted on our website and social networking sites.

£200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£200 Reward

The above reward. Plus: You will be listed as an Executive Producer for the show. You will also receive a full copy of the script signed by the writer.

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