'Yen' - Odd Dog Theatre

by George King in London, England, United Kingdom

£1,455

£1,250 stretch target 11 days left
145% 55 supporters
This project will only be funded if at least £1,000 is pledged by 18th May 2021 at 1:52pm

Welcome to the Odd Dog Theatre crowdfunding page! We are hoping to raise £1000 to perform Anna Jordan's Bruntwood Prize Winning play 'Yen'.

by George King in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The extra money will go towards: 

- A bigger backstage crew 

- Higher quality props, set, lighting, costume and sound

- More time in the performance space to rehearse


A bit about us…

Hi everyone! Thank you so much for taking the time to check out the ‘Odd Dog’ crowdfunding page! 

Over the past year, opportunities for actors, particularly those just starting out, have been few and far between. It is now more important than ever to be a proactive artist and to manifest your own opportunities as a performer. My name’s George and I’ve collaborated with three other enthusiastic actors to create ‘Odd Dog Theatre’.

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We are a West London based theatre company, made up of recent graduates from both ArtsEd and LAMDA. Lockdown gave us the time to discover who we are as a group and what we wanted to bring to life. We spent several months reading different texts, and through this, we found and fell in love with ‘Yen’ by Anna Jordan.

‘Yen’ 

‘Yen’ explores a childhood lived without boundaries and the consequences of being forced to grow up on your own. It was first performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester and then transferred to the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Sloane Square. It was the winner of the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.

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The play is set in the present day, in the living room of a flat on an estate in Feltham, south west London. 16-year-old Hench and his 13-year-old brother Bobby live alone with their dog Taliban, playing video games and watching violent, explicit videos. There’s no adult supervision, though their mother Maggie occasionally visits from her latest boyfriend’s place and passes out in a diabetic coma. But then Jennifer, a practical, animal-loving outsider, shows a concern for the neglected Taliban, and succeeds in taming both the dog and his semi-feral owners.

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We were instantly fascinated by how ‘Yen’ encompassed such extremes of both violence and tenderness. It brilliantly balances heavy themes, with dark humour and the concept of hope. Having such well-rounded and fully realised characters made for a strong ensemble piece: perfect for our debut as a company. 

Meet the Company...

George - 'Hench'

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George trained at ArtsEd and LAMDA. Professionally, he has worked in the West End for the RSC's 'Matilda' and on multiple national TV adverts. Whilst in training, he performed in prestigious London venues including the Gate Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith Studio. This October, George will be enrolling at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. 

Matt - 'Bobby'

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Matt trained and studied at LAMDA. He has performed in several productions at the Curve Theatre in Leicester including: 'Oklahoma!' and 'Fiddler on the Roof'. He is currently studying Comparative Literature with Film Studies at King's College London, and can't wait to begin rehearsals for 'Yen'. 

Julia - 'Jennifer'

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Julia has trained in the performing arts for 13 years, originally as a dancer, then singer, before focusing on acting as her first love. She studied acting at ArtsEd from 2018-2021. Born in Durban, South Africa, and raised across several continents, she now lives in London. She’s thrilled to be have been part of this ensemble over the past months and to be working towards a live theatre performance again!

Izzy - 'Maggie'

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'Hi! My name is Isabelle Ivy Dunn and I’ll be playing Maggie in ‘Yen’. Last year I graduated from Arts Ed after spending 8 years at the school. This is my first professional venture since my training has finished, which makes this project so special and exciting for me. When reading ‘Yen’ it felt like the perfect play for our company and we instantly felt drawn to our characters and the escapism the story provides, which I believe is key for audiences potentially coming back to theatre for the first time in what feels like a lifetime. Whilst this past year has felt like things have all come to a halt, I’m very grateful for this company. We’ve not only been able to keep acting and performing, even if it was just to ourselves on a zoom call, but I’ve also learnt so much from the pre-production process and all that goes into putting on a piece of theatre. I’m really looking forward to all that’s to come!'

‘Yen’ is an extremely emotionally and physically challenging piece, but this only fuels our enthusiasm to meet the requirements of this award-winning play. It will truly demand everything we can offer as actors. We would really love to share our work with as many people as possible, but we can’t do that without your generosity. 

How your donation will help:  

We aiming to raise £1000 for this production. This will be spread between:

  • Performance venue hire
  • Supporting our backstage crew and cast
  • Licensing fees 
  • Rehearsal space hire 
  • Costumes / Props / Set 

Let's make ''Yen' - Odd Dog Theatre' happen

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