Why Shouldn't I Go? by Janet Behan

by Janet Behan in Shoreham By Sea, England, United Kingdom

Why Shouldn't I Go? by Janet Behan
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On 5th September 2019 we successfully raised £2,805 with 49 supporters in 35 days

Please help Janet Behan launch her new play "Why Shouldn't I Go?".

by Janet Behan in Shoreham By Sea, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Any extra money raised will go towards the cost of taking the play further afield, offering workshops to community organisations and keeping ticket prices low. 



Hi there! Those of you who know me will know I wrote a play about my uncle Brendan — 'Brendan at the Chelsea' — that starred Adrian Dunbar and toured from London to Belfast and New York, ("A must-see”, NY Times). Now I've written another that I'm really proud of and excited about – and want people to see.  In order for that to happen, and with massive amounts of help from my wonderful director Jessica Higgs, I have begun booking a small tour — 5 venues so far which I'm hoping will grow into something bigger.  

I've put in for a small Arts Council grant, but they will only hand over the money if I can match their funding which is where your support will come in particularly handy.
It will still be touring on a shoe-string — no chauffeurs, no first-night parties at the Savoy. The money will help cover production costs: pay for venues, lighting, sound, transport, rehearsals, flyers — all the stuff I need to present the show at its very best and make sure I don't end up playing to one man and his dog.  It's a great night out — funny, absorbing, moving — and I want it to be seen by as wide an audience as possible.  Who knows, maybe this one can travel to New York too?  

'Why Shouldn't  I Go?' is a one-act play — three Irish women of a certain age, telling their very individual stories, written and performed by me.  Here's a taster of the three of them.    

REALTINE —'So one day a nun came to the school. A beautiful creature from the Poor Clare. Not many women can look that beautiful in a nun's habit.' 

NOREEN — 'Come near me again with that thing and I’ll chop it off for you! You won’t be so big when I’ve finished with you, I’m telling you boy! I’ll chop it off for you, CHOP, CHOP, CHOP!'    

SUSAN —'When I was a child on the farm, I used to sit, looking out the window at the pouring rain, thinking of all the different places I could go, all the different lives I could live.' 

The tour (so far)

Belsize Community Library, London — 4th October 2019
Ropetackle, Shoreham by Sea — 8th October 2019
London Irish Centre, Camden — 14th-16th November 2019
Lewisham Irish Centre — 25th January 2020
Purple Playhouse, Brighton — 8th-10th May, 2020

Video: Extract from ‘Realtine’, written and performed by Janet Behan, directed by Jessica Higgs, filmed by Jonathan Higgs
Photo: The National Photographic Archive, National Library of Ireland

 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1,000 or more

£1000 reward for Why Shouldn't I Go?

We'll present a private performance of the play in your home or at a mutually agreed location for10 friends and family/colleagues. 8 free tickets for a performance of your choice. Meet and greet afterwards with the company. Your name in the programme as a Key Donor.

£25 or more

£25 rewards for Why Shouldn't I Go?

A big thank you in the programme.

£50 or more

£50 rewards for Why Shouldn't I Go?

1 free ticket for a performance of your choice (Ropetackle subject to availability) and a big thank you in the programme.

£100 or more

£100 rewards for Why Shouldn't I Go?

2 free tickets for a performance of your choice (Ropetackle subject to availability) and big thank you in the programme.

£250 or more

£250 rewards for Why Shouldn't I Go?

4 free tickets for a performance of your choice. Meet and greet afterwards with the company. Your name in the programme as a Key Donor.

£500 or more

£500 reward for Why Shouldn't I Go?s

See a run through of the play at a rehearsal session with a friend/colleague, followed by Q&A with the company. 4 free tickets for a performance of your choice. Meet and greet afterwards with the company. Your name in the programme as a Key Donor.


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