What If I Told You

by Rosalind Coleman in Leeds, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 6th August 2017 we successfully raised £2,925 with 104 supporters in 30 days


by Rosalind Coleman in Leeds, England, United Kingdom

Hello! My name is Pauline Mayers and I’m the Artistic Director of The Mayers Ensemble. 
(click here to watch this intro as a video : https://player.vimeo.com/video/223878513   )

I believe in the power of telling stories, and I’d like to tell you a story right now of how you can help me reach the widest theatre audience in my career.

We've been invited to take our show What If I Told You to Edinburgh Festival FringeWe are beyond delighted to have the chance to go to the Fringe in its 70th year and we are being supported by West Yorkshire Playhouse to get there. 

We’re in the Northern Stage at Summerhall programme, in a new venue and venture for them, which is staffed by the army. 

This show, right now, is the most important thing in my career. It is a way for me to be able to talk about what it meansto be human with audiences and find ways to connect with people, something I believe is really needed in our current geopolitical climate. 

It’s taken 2 years to get here. It’s taken an amazing team of humans, in development with West Yorkshire Playhouse, and touring around the UK recently in previews (which had an amazing reaction from critics and audiences alike), to reach this time, and the time is now.

The Edinburgh performances have already been picked out as a highlight by Lyn Gardner in The Guardian and named by Time Out magazine as one of the 14 shows they are most looking forward to at both the Fringe and International festivals - not bad out of the 3,500 shows that are being performed!

We’re programmed and supported through our basic fringe entry and costs, and we’re surrounded by awesome people to help us get noticed. 

But we need to feed and house ourselves while we are working! We are looking to fundraise four and a half grand to pay for accommodation, travel, food, and fees. 

So I need to ask you for your help. One quid or three hundred, and anywhere in between, we’re beside ourselves with gratitude you’re already watching this part of the story. 

They say it takes a village to support an artist, so I’m asking for my beautiful brilliant village to help me at this time. 

We promise to work our socks off. We promise to do you proud.

Thank you so much, and see you very soon!!


Here’s our project copy with times and dates, plus websites and the rest :

The Mayers Ensemble with West Yorkshire Playhouse

Let’s spend an hour playing together. As members of The Mayers Ensemble we’ll explore boundaries, personal histories, gender and skin colour.

 Throughout her life, choreographer Pauline has defied assumptions made about her based on gender, background and skin colour. Now we are invited into this skilful blend of theatre and dance as she tells her story and the history that has informed it.

The story of James Sims, self-ascribed “father of modern gynaecology” who operated on slaves without anaesthetic, weaves through Pauline’s own. After a 10 min interval, part two, Koan: What if You told Us, takes the conversation further with an opportunity to share thoughts and ideas

What If I Told You is written and performed by Pauline Mayers and directed by Chris Goode. It was developed at West Yorkshire Playhouse and is a co-production by The Mayers Ensemble and West Yorkshire Playhouse.


_ Dates: 11-26 Aug (not 14, 21)
_ Time: 17.00
_ Duration: 110 mins
_ Venue: Army @ the Fringe
_ Age Suitability: 14+



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

An earnest, out loud, thank you and high five to you and the universe. Updates on all of our progress. A warm rosy feeling inside.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

A handwritten postcard direct from the front line of the Edinburgh fringe, addressed to your home, with thoughts on the world and the weather and what we had for breakfast. Progress updates, rosy feeling.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

The bibliography. A reading list of works that inspired and continue to inspire the show, written via electronic mail, complete with hyperlinks and online articles. Lifetime member of The Mayers Ensemble bookclub, an honorary title.

£40 or more

£40 Reward

A second hand paperback book, with an idea written on the back two pages. You might like the idea, you might not. You might read the book, you might display it on your mantlepiece, perhaps you'll pass it on; the choice is entirely yours.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

A totes amazing Pauline Mayers Ensemble hand designed tote bag, with something thoughtful inside. WHAT IF I TOLD YOU written in big letters on it. A receptacle and a plastic bag alternative and a talking point. Credit on our info sheet for all awards here and up.

£100 or more

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£100 Reward

We will write you a poem for you, and put it in a frame, and send it to you. Only you will have this set of words in this particular configuration.

£200 or more

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£200 Reward

A map. Of movement, pathways, people and places; the map of the show and the map of our time at the fringe. Traces and repetition, geography and space. We're looking forward to making this one.

£500 or more

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£500 Reward

Are you crazy?! This is big money, and we're not quite sure how to cope with such a gesture. You basically get everything from rosy warm feeling, through to maps and books and poems and totes, and we'll make you an entirely unplanned artwork in direct response to your astounding feat of generosity.

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