The Lighthouse

by space-productions in London

We did it
On 4th June 2015 we successfully raised £1,750 with 38 supporters in 42 days

Space Productions need your help to bring Rachael Claye's beautiful new script 'The Lighthouse' to life this Christmas.

by space-productions in London

New stretch target

Any extra funds will go directly into paying all artists a London Living Wage, as well as making the design elements of the show even more magical.

In A Nutshell...

Award-nominated theatre company Space Productions need your help to bring Rachael Claye's beautiful new script, The Lighthouse, to life this Christmas.

About The Play

The Lighthouse is a beautiful new play written by local resident Rachael Claye. This original Christmas story sees St Nikolas crash his sleigh on an iceberg far out at sea on Christmas Eve. Deprived of his ancient powers, Nikolas is forced to accept rescue from a little girl in a rowing boat, Rose. When she takes him to the lighthouse where she is living alone, he begins to question his life at the frozen edge of the world.

About Space Productions 

The Space is a unique performance venue located on the Isle of Dogs providing for the diverse communities of Tower Hamlets and attracting audiences from all over London. Our focus as a venue centres on creating opportunities for new performers, writers, directors and designers.

Since it’s creation in 2006, our in-house theatre company Space Productions has staged 20 productions to date. These include The Graduate, Festen, A Doll's House and, most recently, Hamlyn and Vernon God Little, both of which were supported by the Arts Council. The company has to date received six Off-West End nominations and our work continues to generate an overwhelmingly positive response from audiences and critics.

The Lighthouse will be an exciting new venture for us. This magical Christmas show is perfect for all the family, and a piece of new writing unlike anything out there on the London Fringe.

The Story So Far - And How You Can Help!

The Lighthouse began its journey back in February 2014, where it was given a rehearsed reading at the Space. After a fantastic reception, the Space Productions team began an Arts Council funded research and development process to see whether a full production of such a magical story was possible to stage at the Space.

Phase 1 saw the company exploring the play and its characters and relationships from a dramaturgical perspective. An ‘on-book’ rehearsed reading was presented to an invited audience of local young people and adults, as well as travelling up the road to George Green's School for feedback from their students. 

In Phase 2 sound, lighting and set designers joined the company to explore the plays’ technically and physically demanding elements - for example, how on earth do you create a reindeer onstage?! After a lot of work - and some brilliant ideas - we decided on a section of the play and a cohesive design to take forward to Phase 3.

Phase 3 saw a realisation of a twenty-minute section at the Space. The designers spent one day preparing the section of the play before the company spent three days rehearsing. The twenty minute section was performed twice – both to an audience of local community members, and to an industry showcase for theatre professionals, potential partners and producers. We also created a beautiful trailer, which you can watch right here on our Crowdfunder page.

But we're hoping that that isn't the end of the story quite yet! We got incredible audience feedback from the final twenty-minute showcase and we're more determined than ever to bring The Lighthouse - in full - to the Isle of Dogs.

Your donations will go directly into bringing the project to life. The £1500 we're hoping to raise will go towards:

- Paying all artists involved a London Living Wage

- Set, costume, props and sound and lighting equipment to fully realise the magical potential of the script

- Marketing help to spread the word about the show far and wide

- A dedicated outreach programme to local schools, where exciting workshops and learning opportunities will be offered alongside the production.


Thank you so much for your support!

Space Productions


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

SNOWFLAKE: Any donation, no matter how small, gets us that little bit closer to our target. To thank you for your pledge, we’ll give you a special Christmas shout out on the Space’s social media channels.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

WARM GLOW: A donation of £10 helps fund costume, set and props to make our production even more magical. We’ll give you a special thank you on the Space’s social media channels. We’ll also print your name as an official show backer in our special production programme, which will be an exciting and beautiful accompaniment to the show. And to make sure you’ve got a special keepsake in return for your pledge, we’ll make sure you get a free copy of this when you come and see the production.

£30 or more

£30 Reward

PRESENT GIVER: Give an incredible Christmas gift back to the community. When you donate £30, we’ll give a free ticket to a local child who might not otherwise be able to visit the theatre this Christmas. As a thank you for spreading Christmas cheer – and for helping the Space foster our commitment to access to the arts for all – we’ll make sure you’re given your own free programme when you come to see the show. Your name will be printed inside as an official backer, and we’ll also thank you via the Space’s social media channels.

£50 or more

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£50 Reward

LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER: Our ultra VIP package includes a night at the theatre and a very special production goody bag! Join us at our press night, where you’ll be able to meet our cast and crew over a glass of bubbly after the show. We’ll include a free programme, as well as thanking you via our social media channels. OR, if you’d prefer a more generous alternative, you can pledge your ticket to a local child instead – enabling access to the show for all members of the community. Either way, you’ll get a bonus goody bag, lovingly designed to keep you cosy this winter. Our beautiful printed production mugs are perfect for a warm cocoa when it’s stormy outside. We’ll also send you home with your very own official production poster, signed by the cast and crew of The Lighthouse.

£75 or more

£75 Reward

NORTHERN LIGHTS: At the frozen edge of the world, over Rose’s lighthouse, the stars twinkle brightly. Keep the magic going long after The Lighthouse finishes with your very own Stargazer membership, valid for an entire year. Our Aquila-level membership gets you a half-price ticket on any production at the Space – so your return visits will always enable you to see fantastic theatre for less. We’ll also ensure you’re given your own special goody bag when you come and see The Lighthouse, including a signed poster, an exclusive production mug, and your very own programme. Truly magical!

£100 or more

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£100 Reward

BISHOP OF MYRA: Your generosity means we’re well on our way to hitting that target – festive cheer all round! As a thank you, we’ll give you a special Christmas Family Ticket. Valid for two adults and two children, this will enable you to plan a festive outing to The Lighthouse on any performance date bar press night. Each member of your group will receive a special programme to take home with them - so they can relive the magic any time they choose! We’ll also thank you in our production programme, as well as on our social media channels.

£150 or more

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£150 Reward

SAINT NICK: It wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit from the man in red himself. Pledge £150 and you’ll be able to treat your loved ones, as well as yourself! You’ll receive a Christmas Family Ticket, which is valid for two adults and two children. Bring your group to see The Lighthouse on any performance date bar press night. We’ll ensure that everyone in your party has their free programme signed by the production’s cast and crew (there might even be a special message or two!) We’ll also send you home with your own production poster and exclusive mug, as well as a copy of The Lighthouse script signed by playwright Rachael Claye. We’ll also thank you via our social media channels, in the production programme, and include your name on our website too.

£500 or more

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£500 Reward

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Thank you so much! Your incredible donation will help us fund not only the magical design elements of the show, but help us to pay all artists involved a fair London Living Wage. As our highest-level backers, all £500+ donors will receive an Executive Producer title. You’ll be credited as such on the Production Team page of our programme, website, and on all press/media releases associated with the show. You’ll also receive two tickets to our Press Night, where we’ll introduce you to the cast and crew and treat you to a glass of fizz. A further two tickets will be donated by the Space to local children, improving access to the arts for all. All four tickets will come with programmes, enabling both you and those you’re supporting to take a special keepsake home. You’ll be presented with a special VIP goody bag from the show’s producers, which will include a production mug, signed poster, your own playscript signed by playwright Rachael Claye, and your choice of any production photograph in a beautiful 8x10 print. On top of that, we’ll give you your very own free Stargazer membership, valid for one year. By becoming an Aquila-level member, you’ll get half-price tickets to any Space show for a full year - as well as exclusive newsletters and VIP invitations to one-off events. And it goes without saying that we’ll thank you on our social media channels, website and in our production programme too!

£20 or more

10 of 10 claimed

£20 Reward

FESTIVE SPIRITS: Become one of an exclusive number of VIPs! We’ll give you a press night ticket to the show, where you’ll be able to mingle with the cast and crew and enjoy a glass of fizz once the curtain goes down. You’ll also get a special thank you via our social media channels and see your name printed as an official backer in your very own keepsake programme.

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