We are raising funds to take a new play Yours Sincerely to Edinburgh this year. The Edinburgh Fringe is ridiculously expensive. A standard run of any theatre show costs thousands of pounds. It is, however, the worlds biggest arts festival and is a fantastic platform to showcase new work and emerging artists.
We already have funds in place but we desperately need your help to pay for all of the extra costs associated with a full run at the festival. ANY help, even if it is just sharing this crowdfunder, is greatly appreciated.
If you feel more comfortable contributing directly to the project not via this platform that's great too! Just drop us a line at:
And we can sort that out!
Synopsis: It’s 2017. Average graduate debt is at £50,000, Kylie Minogue is making a comeback, and Will Jackson has accidentally stolen 300 second class stamps from the Post Office. But he's making them count. He's going to write letters. From reconnecting with old friends and ex-boyfriends to run-ins with the John Lewis marketing department, stamp collecting has never been this sexy.
Told through a mixture of storytelling and lipsync cabaret, and based off real life correspondences, Yours Sincerely is a queer comedy about the complications of modern-day communication that brilliantly explores the joys and pitfalls of the lost art of letter writing.
Yours Sincerely was originally produced and developed by the Birmingham Repertory Theatre as part of their Foundry Artist Festival, which was generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. It went onto be performed at VAULTS Festival where it was one of Lyn Gardner’s ‘Show’s to Watch’.
WILL JACKSON - Writer & Performer - @Jackson5Minus4 - is a Birmingham based Theatre Maker and Comedian. He is the Founder of Quick Duck Theatre, a Birmingham REP Foundry Artist and was featured on BBC3 as his drag alter ego National Treasure Samantha de Pompidou. As a director and facilitator, he has worked with the Birmingham REP, English Touring Opera and recently for the Helen Bamber Foundation. Previous praise for his work includes:
★★★★★ The Birmingham Post - ★★★★★ Impact Nottingham
★★★★★ Burn FM - ★★★★ Voice Magazine - ★★★★ EdFringeReview
QUICK DUCK THEATRE are an award-winning graduate theatre company based in Birmingham. They make interactive shows with a fun and comic twist to create unforgettable live experiences. Their work is ridiculous, openly queer, has a lot of heart and always has a killer soundtrack.
The company is only a year old but have already performed work at the Leicester Curve, Derby Theatre, The Wolverhampton Arena and VAULTS Festival. They're also part of New Diorama Theatre's 2019/20 cohort of Emerging Theatre Companies.
Yours Sincerely is Quick Duck Theatre's second show following Magic Hour: The Murder Mystery Disco! which won the Judge's awards for Singularity of Vision and Best Ensemble at the National Student Drama Festival.
“Dazzling comic commitment... magnificent... deliciously detailed.”
The Sunday Times on Magic Hour: The Murder Mystery Disco!
We need to raise money for:
- Venue and Box Office Hire
- Posters, Print and Promotional Materials
- A Stage Manager
- A Lighting Designer
- Rights for Music
- Set and Props
- Travel and set transportation
We have a really exciting array of rewards available from T-shirts, to badges to personalised letters. And one lucky donator can even get their name put in the show. Our initial target to hit is £1,500. After we hit this target all profits raised will be equally split between covering Yours Sincerely's costs and the charity Action for Children. Action for Children are the Royal Mail Group's current partner charity. They do amazing work helping disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Throughout our Edinburgh Fringe run, we'll be helping raise money for them.
Anna Himali Howard - Director - @anna_h_h
Anna Himali Howard is a director and theatremaker. She was Paines Plough's Trainee Director in 2016. She is also an Alumni Artist at the Gate Theatre and an alumnus of the Birmingham REP Foundry. Her work as a Director includes A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid (Gate Theatre), Albatross by Isley Lynn for NEW (RWCMD/Paines Plough/Gate Theatre), Life Is No Laughing Matter by Demi Nandhra (Birmingham REP/mac Birmingham), 20B by Jane English (Birmingham REP/CPT). As a theatremaker work includes Mahabharat/a by Anna Himali Howard and Zarina Muhammad (Camden People's Theatre), The Beanfield by Breach Theatre (New Diorama, National tour 2016). Anna was Associate Director on Fleabag by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Drywrite/Soho Theatre international tour) and Assistant Director on Othello, directed by Ellen McDougall (Shakespeare's Globe) and In the Night Time (Before the Sun Rises) by Nina Segal, directed by Ben Kidd (Gate Theatre). She is currently the Staff Director on Rufus Norris' production of Small Island at the National Theatre.
Lucy Bird - Associate Director - @LucyJudeBird
Lucy studied English and Theatre at the University of Warwick where she founded Paperback Theatre. She has also worked for education departments at Birmingham REP, Shakespeare’s Globe, and as a Creative Learning Associate at Stan’s Cafe. In 2018 she received the REP JMK Regional Assistant Director Bursary to work on The Lovely Bones, adapted by Bryony Lavery and directed by Melly Still. Directing credits include: Me and My Doll; We Need to Talk About Bobby (off EastEnders) (Paperback Theatre) Assistant Director: The Lovely Bones (Birmingham REP, Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Northern Stage) A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Merchant of Venice (Stan’s Cafe). Associate Director: Magic Hour: The Murder Mystery Disco! (Quick Duck Theatre)
Tom Rackham - Composer & Sound Designer - @TomRackhamMusic
Tom has been scoring and producing soundtracks for film, television, and theatre since completing his Masters in Music in 2012. His work for screen has been featured on UK and international television. Tom has scored work that has been shown at film festivals worldwide, with both the films themselves and the scores individually earning awards. He is part of the BAFTA Crew programme and is affiliated with SMA Talent’s RisingTalent (SMART) roster. Theatre credits include: Leo Butler’s Woyzeck (Birmingham REP, dir. Roxana Silbert ); The Adding (Cockpit Theatre, dir. Catherine Fowles); The 2018 Birmingham Rep Foundry Festival. Screen credits include: Time, And Again (Little Seagull); The Royals, The World’s Deadliest..., Help! My House Is Haunted, and Scrap Kings (Back2Back Productions); Oyster, Nexus, Do It Yourself, and Box (Bad Rum Productions); Broken, Print, The Messenger, Dysnomia, Shoulder To The Plough, and Castle Boulevard (Coalescent Films).
Jack Weir - Lighting Designer - @WierdLX
Jack trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and won the ETC award for Lighting Design in 2014. He is a WhatsOnStage Award and two-time OffWestEnd Award nominee for Best Lighting Designer. Recent lighting design credits include The Funeral Director (Southwark Playhouse): Rain Man (UK tour); The Boys in the Band (Vaudeville Theatre); Dust (Trafalgar Studios); Rothschild & Sons (Park Theatre); George’s Marvellous Medicine (Leicester Curve/Rose Theatre/UK tour); Judy! (Arts Theatre); Assata Taught Me (Gate Theatre); The Plague (Arcola Theatre); Out Of Order (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre/ UK tour); Pray So Hard For You (Finborough Theatre); Laronde (Bunker Theatre); Four Play (Theatre503); Summer In London (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Pyar Actually (Watford Palace/tour); Talk Radio (Old Red Lion Theatre); Holding The Man, Beautiful Thing, Grindr The Opera and Maurice (Above The Stag); West Side Story (Bishopsgate Institute).
Lanre Malalou - Movement Director - @LanreMalaolu
Lanre was chosen as the overall winner of the Zealous Emerge Performance Prize, a nationwide search championing the UK’s best emerging performance artists in 2018. He was also selected as part of the inaugural Old Vic 12 talent network in 2016. He is currently developing a new film commissioned by the British Film Institute and will be premiered his dance-theatre solo Elephant In The Room at the Camden Peoples Theatre in April 2019. Movement direction includes: Blue/Orange (Birmingham Rep), Othello (English Touring Theatre); The Pulverized (Arcola/York Theatre Royal); So Many Reasons (Camden People’s Theatre); Returning To Haifa (Finborough) and Karagula (Soho).
Chaz Webb - Stage Manager - @WebOfTheChaz
Chaz Webb is the Company Stage Manager of Quick Duck Theatre. As well as playing Clive Ammunition in their award-winning production of ‘Magic Hour: The Murder Mystery Disco!’ She also stage managed the same show and the VAULT Festival run of ‘Yours Sincerely’. Outside of Quick Duck, Chaz’s Previous Stage Management credits include: Nell Gwynn (Oxford Playhouse), Hearing Things (Playing ON), The Fishermen (New Perspectives), Crossings (Pentabus), About A Bird (Reset Theatre) & Assistant Stage Manager at BE Festival 2016 & 2017.
Lauren Young - Production Manager
Lauren is an experienced production coordinator who graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2016 with a first class degree in Drama & Theatre Arts. She has worked as Festival Assistant for Flatpack Film Festival in Birmingham; Workshop Facilitator for Cinekid Festival in Amsterdam, and part of the Production team at the Roundhouse in Camden. She is currently working as a Production Assistant at The Almeida Theatre and was the Production Manager for Yours Sincerely at VAULT Festival 2019.