Help The Backpack Ensemble get to NSDF

by The Backpack Ensemble in Lincoln

Help The Backpack Ensemble get to NSDF
We did it
On 13th March 2018 we successfully raised £650 with 21 supporters in 14 days

Help The Search for a Black-browed Albatross get to the National Student Drama Festival!

by The Backpack Ensemble in Lincoln

New stretch target

Thank you for all your support so far! It would be incredible to reach our stretch target of £800! X


We need your help to get us to the National Student Drama Festival in Leicester this March!

The Backpack Ensemble are fortunate enough to have been programmed as part of the 2018 National Student Drama Festival. This is an incredible opportunity for us as a company and as individual artists and we would really appreciate your support. Whether that be a donation, a social media shout out or you purchasing a ticket to see one of our upcoming shows!

What is this funding going towards?

We are lucky enough to have been selected as part of National Student Drama Festival (NSDF) this coming March (24th-30th) in Leicester. NSDF is a theatre festival that allows emerging artists to show their work to a vast number of people from around the country. This is not only a brilliant opportunity for the company but it is also an incredible opportunity for us as individual theatre-makers. 

But as mentioned above we do need some help in order to make this a reality, and are crowdfunding to raise money for: 

- Festival Tickets 

- Accommodation

- Transport to and from Leicester 

- Food for the week 

We are also receiving support from the incredible guys at New Diorama Theatre and Lincoln Performing Arts Centre. Two venues whom which without it would not have been possible to apply for NSDF in the first place.

New Diorama Theatre supported us via their Pickles fund to apply for NSDF and are providing further monetary support to actually help get us to the festival. Lincoln Performing Arts Centre have provided the company with endless amounts of in kind rehearsal space and technical support. They are also providing monetary support. 

The Company 

The Backpack Ensemble are an emerging company from Lincolnshire. The company formed in February 2017. For the past year Backpack have been working on their artistic and professional practice.

The company formulated around aspirations of . This term is often associated with the aesthetic that celebrates the simple make do and mend mentality. This ensures that the company is being clever and frugal with the resources at hand. It also relates back to the company name, utilising backpacks as a means to transport set. This gives us tour-ability and the prospect of performing in any space.

The Show

R&D for The Backpack Ensemble’s first show The Search for a Black-browed Albatross began in February 2017 with a company led scratch night coming shortly after. The debut performance was in May 2017 at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre. The company was then programmed to perform at Underbelly during Edinburgh Fringe 2017. We used this date as an opportunity to improve the show, network with artists, build our audience and invite programmers before returning to Lincoln with a performance in September. 

At the forefront of the show is Charlie, a 22 year old university graduate. She finds her father’s old birdwatching book but there is one bird missing. The show follows Charlie as she sets out to find this one last bird and complete the book for her, for him and for their relationship. We tell this story through the use of narration, music, shadow puppetry and object manipulation. 

The show attempts to come to terms with feelings that we can’t explain in words; leaving the structure of education, losing our childhoods to adulthood, the loss of parental care. These personal feelings are at the heart of the show, with Charlie, our protagonist, serving as an entity for us all. The performance is “authentic and genuinely heart-warming” (Audience Member), utilising narration, shadow puppetry and live music.

Our target is £650.00

We have 2 weeks in which to hit this target!

If we don't hit this target then we get nothing so please share, give generously & support us! 

Any donation would be very much appreciated, no matter how big or small!

A massive thank you from everyone at Team Backpack.

Simon, James, Sam, Elliot, Laura & Jordan x

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