Together in Electric Dreams Fringe Theatre Tour

by Scytheplays in Manchester

We did it
On 9th July 2015 we successfully raised £415 with 26 supporters in 14 days

To help fund a mini-tour of the play about Sir Clive Sinclair and Alan Sugar, already popular in Manchester, and bring it to new audiences.

by Scytheplays in Manchester

New stretch target

When we have reached £300 we will have covered the costs of our venue hire and festival registration for the tour.  A further £300 would allow us to cover our print publicity and travel costs and make a contribution to any other expenses inclurred during the tour - such as food costs (eaten on stage during the play) and a back-up wig for Alan Sugar.


Project aim

To help fund a mini-tour of the play about Sir Clive Sinclair and Alan Sugar, already popular in Manchester, and bring it to new audiences.

About the project

We are Scytheplays Ltd, and in partnership with Manchester’s Lass Productions we form a small collective of dedicated theatre makers determined to create plays that thrill and transport audiences in new and adventurous ways, often in places where you wouldn’t expect to find theatre.  We specialise in plays which take inspiration from fantastical genres, from media such as comic books and TV, and from science and the history of technological development.  A comment which sums up the kind of thing we try to do came from an audience member after our 2012 production of The Ballad of Halo Jones: “It was amazing – one minute I was in a pub, and the next I was in space!”  That’s us.

 

Together in Electric Dreams, which tells the story of a historic but little-known 1980s deal between British computer kingpins Sir Clive Sinclair and Alan Sugar as a comedic dinner date, has been one of our most popular shows in Manchester.  Since its premiere in 2012, it has struck a chord with enthusiasts of vintage technology, with those nostalgic for the music and gaming of the 1980s, and those who simply enjoy the comedic character study of two very important but very different British icons.  People familiar with the background of Lord Sugar and Sir Clive Sinclair have praised the play’s portrayal of the men, and those less familiar have enjoyed learning about them.

 

Critics said that the show is “a lot of laughs”, “has been injected with a brilliant sense of fun and intrigue” and “will leave you with a song in your heart”.  Audience members told us it is “better than most television”, is “one of the two best plays I’ve seen this year” and that it “deserves to be seen by a much larger audience”.

 

We now hope to bring the show to that larger audience. We’re embarking on a mini-North West tour for eight performances between the 1st and 22nd July 2015, taking in Oldham, Dobcross, Manchester and the Buxton Fringe Festival.

 

Although it’s fairly cheap to stage the show once or twice in our home town, taking it on the road, to several different towns and as part of different festivals, does have costs significant to small companies like ours.  We’ve already spent around £300 on festival registration and venue hire and by the end of the tour will have spent that much again on print publicity and travel expenses.  Because we’re playing in small fringe venues, although there’s a chance we will make that money back, it’s unlikely there’d be much left over to pay to the cast and crew of the show afterwards.

 

This is, hopefully, where you come in.  If you contribute to this Crowdfunder you’ll be helping us to offset our setup costs and therefore pay our actors and crew a little something at the end of the tour.  It still won’t be a huge amount, but it will be something to reward all the effort and care that goes into bringing this show to life.  We love making Together in Electric Dreams, but it’s hard work, and we believe that hard work should be done on a paid basis, even if it’s just a token amount.  And being rewarded for that work means we will be able to bring the show back again in future and to allow even wider audiences to enjoy it.  (We hope to take the show to Edinburgh Fringe in 2016, if the present tour is sufficiently successful – and any funds we have left over from this Crowdfunder after our costs have been covered will go towards that aim.)

 

If you like the sound of Together in Electric Dreams and think it is worthy of support, please contribute something to our Crowdfunder.  It doesn’t matter how small the amount, it will make a difference and we will show our appreciation through the various rewards which you can find out about elsewhere on this website and by watching our Crowdfunder video.  For those who would like to come to see the show but who live too far away, there’s a reward featuring a free DVD recording of one of our earlier performances (which, apart from s couple of clips on YouTube, is not available publicly); if you are able to come to one of the shows on the tour and would like to experience it with additional privileges, there is a reward offering that too.  There’s the chance for you or your business to be an official sponsor of the show.  And there are lots of other exciting, cumulative rewards in-between!  So please check out the full list.  And in addition to the rewards listed there, absolutely anyone who pledges any amount nomatter how small will get their name printed in the show's programme (as long as you give us your name when you pledge!).

 

Thank you very much for reading this and considering supporting us.  Anything you can pledge to us would be appreciated and, if you can’t afford to pledge anything, if you could support us by spreading the word about the play and this campaign, that would mean a lot to us too.

 

If you'd like to find out more about us, please visit our websites www.lassproductions.com and www.scytheplays.blogspot.com (which features a link to the play's trailer and interviews with the cast).

 

With gratitude and best wishes,

 

Dan, Gareth, Mat, Jess, Pete, Paul and Steve,

The Together in Electric Dreams team

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1 or more

£1 Reward

You'll get your name listed with a thank you message in the show's programme.

£3 or more

£3 Reward

You'll get a printed copy of the play's programme, signed by the cast and crew.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

You'll get a printed copy of the programme signed by cast and crew, plus a set of official Lass Productions and Together in Electric Dreams badges.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

You'll get a DVD recording of one of the live performances of Together in Electric Dreams (not publicly available), plus the signed programme and badges as offered in the £3 and £5 rewards.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

You'll get a personalised thank you message on YouTube given in-character by the actors playing Alan and Sir Clive, plus you will get the rewards from the £3, £5 and £10 pledges (DVD, badges and signed programme).

£25 or more

6 of 8 claimed

£25 Reward

You'll get your name, or a name of your choice, as a character in the play - we'll use it for one of our major off-stage characters – the technician who designed the operating system of the Sinclair Spectrum. You’ll also get the £3, £5 and £10 rewards - signed programme, DVD of an earlier show, badges, and a YouTube thank you message.

£50 or more

1 of 4 claimed

£50 Reward

You'll get the chance to have tea and a scone with the actors playing Alan and Sir Clive before or after one of our afternoon shows in Buxton, plus a ticket to that performance, as well as the £3, £5, £10 and £25 rewards - DVD, signed programme, badges, YouTube message and, if you’re one of the first two people to pledge this amount, £25 or £60, your name in the play at that performance.

£60 or more

0 of 4 claimed

£60 Reward

You'll get the same rewards as for £50 but with an extra ticket to the show - tea and a scone with the actors playing Alan and Sir Clive before or after an afternoon show in Buxton, as well as the DVD, YouTube message, signed programme and, if you’re one of the first two people to pledge £60, £50 or £25, your name in the play.

£150 or more

£150 Reward

You'll be made an Official Sponsor of the 2015 tour, credited as Executive Producer in the programme, and will get four tickets to a performance of your choice, with a chance to meet the cast and crew before or after the show. Plus you'll get the rewards for the lower pledge amounts - signed programme, DVD, YouTube thankyou message and Lass Productions and Together in Electric Dreams badges.


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