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Catastrophists is a darkly comic new play about class, canapes and cults. In the Cotswolds.
"You're just quietly preparing for civilisation to collapse and really, we couldn't ask for anything more as neighbours"
Raf and Harry have well-paid jobs, a lovely semi in leafy Barnes and a brand new second residence in the heart of Wiltshire. In the neighbouring field, Claudia and Peter have a chewed up vegetable patch, a carbon-neutral yurt complex and an absolute conviction that the apocalypse is imminent.
Raf and Harry invite Claudia and Peter over for an apology meal after a misguided midnight call of nature in the field. But pleasantries soon switch to politics and the pulled pork is replaced by pulling punches when the hosts start testing the commune members' commitment to their cause. As the night descends into all-out anarchy, the consequences prove to be apocalyptic.
The play will be produced at The White Bear Theatre - an award-winning, off-West End venue with a focus on new writing and lost classics. The theatre exists to nurture and develop exceptional emerging talent and allow them to take risks. The Artistic Director Michael Kingsbury believes passionately in both the calibre of writing and artistic potential of Catastrophists and is generously providing the theatre for free to help bring the play to audiences for the first time.
But more funds still need to be raised in order to create the best possible maiden production of the play. That's where we're counting on your support.
Use of funds
The funds that we raise will go towards producing the best possible production of Catastrophists. In order to do so, we have assembled a highly-skilled and committed cast and creative team. Your generosity will enable us to reward their talent and commitment with a wage. In order to keep expenditure at a minimum, we have managed to secure rehearsal room free of charge and we have ensured that costs such as set-build, props and costume are low. Money received through this Phundee campaign will therefore be used to cover:
- Actor's Fees
- Stage Management Fees
- Creative Fees (i.e. writer, director, designer)
- Set and Props
- Marketing and PR
Hurdles & Hopes
Over the past 30 years, the White Bear has been a springboard for countless projects and theatre-makers. Artists such as Vicky Featherstone, Joe Penhall, Emily Watson and Torben Betts all cut their teeth there and past productions have transferred to the Arcola, the Trafalgar Studios, the Pleasance, the Southwark Playhouse, Park Theatre and even off-Broadway.
We believe that Catastrophists will absolutely be the next play to join this illustrious list and we’d love to see it progress to a dazzling future beyond the White Bear - but first it needs your help to get there.
Our main challenge is to ensure that all members of the cast, creative and technical team receive a fee that sufficiently rewards them for the time and love they have invested into Catastrophists. “Professionally made, professionally paid” will be our priority for the actors and ideally we will also compensate the writer, director, producer and designer who are all currently working pro bono.
Growing an audience, spreading the word and bringing as many people in as possible to the show is also a key goal - and one which will help us achieve our hope of touring or transferring in the future. Whilst this crowdfunding campaign will help strengthen our financial position and develop a more varied marketing campaign, we hope it will also nurture a family of supporters and spectators around the play. After all, it’s all about building the commune!