So it’s been quiet for a couple of weeks while I attempt to get my head together, re-organise and add to the script, practise and consider my new game plan. I now have a few exciting developments to report with A City of Foxes.
Firstly, ACOF is going to the Free Fringe in Edinburgh! It will be at George Next Door between the 16th and the 22nd of August, starting at 13.45, as supported by the PBH Free Fringe. I’m really excited by this. It means a whole new audience for the show, a whole new selection of people to give feedback and a whole new opportunity to make the show even better. I’m hoping it can gain a little exposure and develop as a piece, even just by virtue of me performing it for seven days straight! So, if you’re in Edinburgh during this time, get yourself to the venue. It’s a forty five minute show just after lunch, a great way to spend that sleepy part of your afternoon. The show will wake you up again enough to go and consume loads more amazing art and shows during the rest of the day!
Secondly, it’s now only a few weeks until the show goes on at the Reading Fringe Festival. On the 17th July, I’ll be performing A City of Foxes at the Purple Turtle in Reading town centre. Tickets are only £6 and the Reading Fringe Festival is a really amazing platform for South-Eastern artists. It’s run on an entirely voluntary basis by a group of incredible, enthusiastic, kind, creative and inspirational people. It will be a brilliant four day festival, packed with the best art that Reading has to offer. And believe me, it can offer some truly incredible stuff!
So, I’ve got a couple more opportunities to really nail the show over the summer, which is awesome, and I’m truly looking forward to getting back on stage and performing a story that has become such a huge part of my life. I’m immensely proud of this show and everything it has achieved so far. It’s a hard push being a relatively unknown poet, but this piece has taken me on an amazing journey and I want it to be as successful as possible. As a result, I’ve now started a campaign on crowdfunder.co.uk. You can find it here: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/a-city-of-foxes/widget.js/
I have one month to raise as much as I can to make this project a success. The aim is £600, but any small amount that my friends, family and supporters can give in order to give this project a longer stride will be amazing. The plan, after the summer, is to take it on tour around small communities, schools, residential homes and organisations, along with workshops about identity, Britishness, and self-expression through poetry. This is a project meant for the community, it is something to open eyes, open hearts, and open mouths who wouldn’t normally have the confidence to speak. I want this to be a story of hope about building a better, more inclusive, more open society that accepts, celebrates and relishes the diversity of its citizens. If you believe as strongly as I do about the importance of ending bigotry and encouraging inclusion, please support A City of Foxes on crowdfunder.co.uk. There are further incentives in that there are rewards for certain amounts pledged, ranging from a publicly blogged thank you from me to special and exclusive artwork from the project.
A City of Foxes is a story for small people. It isn’t just for theatres and stages and show lights. It’s for classrooms, for living rooms, for kitchens. It’s for pavements and public parks and gazebos in fields while wellie-deep in mud. This is a project to change lives. It’s already changed mine, and I want to share it with as many people as I can to make as big a difference as I can. Any support that anyone can give will be hugely appreciated, so give what you can, come and see it in Reading and come and see it in Edinburgh! It’s got miles to go before it’s done!