Final Chance To Donate!
In July next year, we will re-imagine Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’ for a modern Barking and Dagenham audience, staging the play as a promenade, outdoor performance event that animates Barking Town Centre’s key landmarks. This production is a unique opportunity to use the town centre and high street as the backdrop for an outstanding new interpretation of a Shakespearean classic. The cast will be made up of 8 professional actors performing alongside local people.
Barking’s town centre is full of hidden spaces and well-known landmarks. We will create a route that celebrates the town centre as a creative place, opening the play at the Town Quay and travelling towards the Town Centre, with scenes in shops, restaurants, Abbey leisure centre and the Barking Learning Centre culminating in the courtroom scene, performed in the Council chambers. This is truly a piece of work that simply couldn’t happen anywhere else in the world.
It’s an ambitious project – it’ll cost £80k. We’ve been awarded a commission of £40k from Creative Barking & Dagenham , and we’re in the process of raising the rest of the funds needed to make this project happen. And that’s why I’m writing to you – we’ve been shortlisted by the Mayor of London for £10k of financial support for this project! There is a bit of a catch, however – The Mayor will only release his donation to us, if we reach our funding target of £80k by 01 November 2015! So this is where I’m hoping you come in, our loyal supporters and fellow arts enthusiasts. We would be so hugely grateful if you would make a donation towards our target, to enable us to make Shakespeare happen on the streets in Barking.
If you’d like to join us in making history in Barking, in the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death, please follow this link to our donation page. You’ll need to provide your sort code and account number, and the money won’t leave your account until January.
I can’t tell you how much it would mean to us if you are able to make a pledge today. As a thank you, all donors will be invited to a special ‘thankyou event’ in December, so do make sure you leave your email address so we can contact you!
Thanks so much, here’s hoping we reach our target!