Women of (No) Importance: Theatrical R&D

by Ellie Bostick-Woolman in Penryn, England, United Kingdom


raised of £1,000 stretch target


34% 5 days left
This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by March 28th 2019 at 3:29pm

As part of our final project at Falmouth University, we aim to create and perform an adapted version of Oscar Wilde's classic play.

by Ellie Bostick-Woolman in Penryn, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The more money we raise, the better the quality of the show. AND we would love to pay our wonderful cast of actors for their time and dedication. 

Hello - we are Ellie, Aby and Faye from Thoroughly Modern UK. 

We are third year students at Falmouth University, currently studying BA Music, Theatre and Entertainment Management. As we approach the end of our degree, we are working on our final assessed project: an action research performance of Oscar Wilde's play 'A Woman of No Importance'.

The play is based on the traditional story of Oscar Wilde’s ‘A Woman of No Importance’, particularly exploring the feminist themes of how women were/ are treated and the nature of gossip throughout eras. 

The play will be split, alternating between a classic Victorian set and a newly created modern set to compare and contrast feminist issues between the times. The unique selling point for our show is the experimental nature of the adaptation; we aim to utilise innovative technologies and immersive techniques. 

The show will be professionally filmed and published on our online platform, in order to engage a wider audience of emerging theatre makers to spark conversation of theatre which explores, discusses and promotes further conversation on important social issues. We hope the show will act as a template for further work to be developed – alongside the film, we will provide a digital downloadable pack with resources to support other theatre makers to create similar, socially- engaging work. This pack will include the filmed action research performance and reports on ethical work, how to fund socially- motivated work, and a marketing strategy. 

Following the shortened performance, there will be a debate on the feminist and social themes explored throughout the play - chaired by an affiliated local feminist collective. This will allow the important themes of the performance to be further discussed and questioned. 

The university provide no funding for our final project, therefore we have to rely on monetary and in-kind donations to make our show a reality. Your donations will aid us in buying costumes, set pieces, marketing materials as well as allow us to fairly pay our collaborators. 

We hugely appreciate every donation - every little helps. Thank you so much!

We can't wait to share our performance with you. 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

You will receive a special personalised written shout out from us on social media.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

You will receive a special personalised video shout out from us on social media.

£20 or more

4 of 50 claimed

£20 Reward

You will be featured in the 'Special Thanks' credits at the end of our filmed performance. As well as previous rewards.

£50 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£50 Reward

We will personally thank you in the opening of our filmed performance, named as one of our top donors. As well as previous rewards.

£60 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£60 Reward

You will receive a downloadable version of our 'Socially Motivated Theatre' pack which includes information and guidance for theatre-makers who wish to produce their own socially motivated work.

Let's make 'Women of (No) Importance: Theatrical R&D' happen