We are Velvet Smoke Productions and we are a new theatre company, specialising in new writing performed by emerging artists. Our aim as a company is to write about subject matters that are not always talked about and give a voice to neglected communities. Our first production, 'Forgotten Fallow', is a show written about the student protests in Manchester, during lockdown. The show explores themes of sexual identity, politics and mental health. When creating the show, we have gained a cast of emerging graduates, from varying Drama schools, looking to get a chance to showcase their talents. Due to the pandemic, most of us within the cast, have experienced cancelled showcases and shows, which were opportunities to be introduced to agents and or the industry. Without this professional debut, we are trying to create our own platform that showcases our skill set, as well as make a really exciting, new piece of work. The subject matter is particularly important for us, having done courses during the pandemic and therefore, we felt it was necessary to put out an alternate narrative, representing the student voice.
We are trying to raise money, to pay for rehearsal spaces, venue hire, marketing, set materials to build a set, costume and expenses, to support the cast being able to take on the project, in this trying time. Any donations would be so welcome and we will provide, in return for this, updates about the show, behind the scenes footage and depending on the size of the donation, potentially a ticket to one of our opening performances. The aim is to produce this show, in Summer of 2020, when hopefully, we are allowed back in a theatre space. So for now, we are trying to organise everything production wise, so this show is ready to go, if the lockdown restrictions are lifted. As we are a new company, this will be our first production and therefore, raising the funds to do this, without previous productions, is the main difficulty. We are applying for sponsorship and Arts Council funding, but these can be difficult to get, particularly being new, so any support would be welcomed, to help get us on our feet!
Please help us get this project off the ground and anything you can give, makes such a difference.
Sian Duggan and Tiwai Muza