Theatre's got this cool power to be able to provoke and disturb as well as comfort the bewildered. Following the result of the EU referendum in 2016 - a decision which seemed to impact both personal and political life like no other - Flo wrote the first draft of The Open as a kind of cathartic release for the feelings of isolation, uncertainty and fear that permeated politics and the lives of ordinary people. Fast-forward to 2050, and Britain is Trump's golf course.
Three years on, and the play has had many redrafts and just as many title changes ('One in One Out', 'Lionhearts' and 'Golf Boy' to name a few). The idea remained though: The Open was about where we go next, a dystopian take on the future inspired by the concept of Britain as an island, a country divided by opinion and at risk of corporate takeover by the United States. The story of three friends living through this transition was a deeply personal one, and the subject matter became increasingly pertinent as the uncertainty prevailed.
In Summer 2019 Florence entered the play into The Space's Box Office split scheme and was accepted. Production began and a cast was formed. All that remained was to raise funds for a handful of technical necessities: a technician, a set, and the space to rehearse. That's what we hope you'll be able to help us with today, so that the piece can be brought to life and potentially go on to even bigger, better things. A play about activism, the endurance of the human spirit, and power in numbers seems a perfect fit for a crowdfunding campaign, we're sure you'll agree!