FIVE DAYS TO GO and A City of Foxes will be showing at the Purple Turtle for the Reading Fringe Festival before it travels up to Edinburgh for the PBH Free Fringe. After a month and a half of serious revisiting, reworking, prop-adding and performance-editing, I am really excited about this show. I think Edinburgh will be a really amazing place to get to know it properly and thoroughly before I take it touring around various libraries and schools to engage people (both younger and older) with the social dangers of xenophobia, racism and bigotry.
And this will be the first of several poetry plays to be taken around schools next year. A City of Foxes is about to take the next step, so, if you are interested in helping out, contributing to the show and being a part of its exciting journey, here are some ways you can get involved.
- Share it with your friends! If you can’t come and see it, please share this link on your facebook, twitter, reddit or whatever to help boost the show. The more people who know about it, the more people will come and the further it will spread. Help it achieve what it was made to achieve and tackle the xenophobia and bigotry that seems to be infesting our country right now!
- Pledge your support! My Crowdfunder campaign runs for another two weeks and I will be launching a Kickstarter during the Edinburgh run in August. We have raised £140 so far, which is brilliant, but if I can reach £600, it means I can tour it around schools and community spaces that may not otherwise be able to afford this service. Small communities and isolated venues are the places where this show needs to be viewed. Help it reach that goal by pledging even a little bit of money, and you will be going a long way to opening the hearts and minds to communities, and in particular, their children, who very rarely get exposure to the world of theatre and the arts, and who often grow up with narrow, backward and unchallenged views. Our youngsters deserve better than this, so if you can help this show to help them, please do. Details of the Crowdfunder campaign are here: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/a-city-of-foxes/
- Give your feedback! If you do manage to come and see the show, I will have questionnaires for audience members to fill out. Positive and constructive comments go along way to a) helping the show gain its funding and b) developing the show into a strong, tight and powerful piece of poetry. I would be delighted and hugely grateful to anyone who is willing to spend two minutes after the show giving feedback.
I am immensely proud of this poetry-play and everything that the writing and performance have achieved so far. It is not there yet, but it is on its way. This show was not written to storm through Soho theatre and take over Shoreditch. It was not written for big theatre spaces and audiences of 500-strong. It was written for classrooms and libraries. It was written for the living rooms of residential homes, for pavements and marquees and community centres. It was written for schoolchildren sitting cross-legged on the floor, for people falling asleep in their armchairs, for mothers breastfeeding their babies, for families, for everyone. This is not a show that will achieve sell out runs because that isn’t what it is for. I wrote it, because if I can open just one heart, or change just one mind to consider the ways in which we judge each other for the colour of our skin rather than the colour of our character, then I, and my show, have succeeded. Please help me achieve this if you can! Big love to everyone who has supported me so far. I can’t wait to see where we go next!