(ed:..disclaimer:..a very talented friend of mine is involved in this..and yr support would be appreciated..)
Last year, after lots of trips to the library, endless coffee dates, filling notebooks with doodling and my head with dreaming, my friend Julia Croft and I decided to put all our energy, dreams, knowledge and creative talent into action!
We came up with a seed for a little theatre show, and determinedly waded our way through embarrassing workshop sessions, bad ideas, no money and no collaborators until we finally found some gold.
In human form -
- that came in the way of Theresa Hanaray, who in a fit of madness agreed to be our tireless producer – and Claire Cowan who for some insane reason thought our early musings had merit and decided to lend her incredible musical skills to our cause.
In creative form, our gold was what we created – The Keepers.
Initially based on the lives and literature of writers Marguerite Duras and Anais Nin, our show ended up being, hmmmm, let’s say a little ‘left of centre’…
..Set at a remote lighthouse, a lonely female lighthouse keeper with secrets and burdens saves a mysterious young woman from drowning –
- and as they share the isolated living space they become more and more intrigued by each other.
Magical live music curled it’s way through the performance from anything Claire could grab – piano accordian, cello, salt shaker, spoons….while Julia and I alternatively did some floor and wall writhing, ate salt and raw eggs -here:
As weird and wacky as this sounds, the show is actually quite good. Very good, some say.
Metro magazine thought so, naming us ‘Best absurd Physical Theatre Show’ of 2011 -
- and we got some other rather glowing reviews!
But unfortunately our season of four nights was much to short – and many didn’t get to see the salty and eggy fruition of our labours.
So we are taking The Keepers down to Wellington for a longer season in September.
But, and here is the crux of it, like many artistic professionals we don’t have any money to do this.
While our show is neither big nor costly, it still doesn’t come cheap to rehearse for 2 weeks, and travel 3 performers and a technician from Auckland to Wellington for another 2 weeks.
So we are looking at lots of different ways to fundraise, and one of these is Pledgeme, a NZ crowdfunding platform.
We are humbly asking for donations, large or small (as small as $5!!) to help us get to Wellington – and share with others our little show that we are proud of and believe is worth seeing.
Some donations even have rewards to thank you from us for your generosity!