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.
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