I’ve become the owner of a theatre company. I’m not sure how this happened but it has. It all started with the little suggestions from the fans following Monstrous, along the lines of “that was great, please do more” but I suppose the idea properly came from my childhood best friend who works for Barclays who said “You know, if you did this for charity I could get you a donation and profit match what you give to charity”. Add in a little nagging from the Monstrous cast and BOOM! Monstrous Productions was born.
So, what exactly is Monstrous Productions?! Well, we’re a Cardiff based theatre company who solely perform Pratchett adaptations. We’re funded through sponsorship and investors and all of our profit goes to Alzheimer’s Research UK. Our next production will be Carpe Jugulum in June 2013 (possibly ‘Going Postal’ - will keep you updated). I’m going to hold auditions for all of the South Wales area; anyone who has the time to rehearse twice a week from March until June is welcome, I’m hoping to get all ages and backgrounds.
At the minute we not only have the Barclays deal but some funding in the form of sponsorship from Cardiff University too, who I work for. Alzheimer’s Research UK was the obvious choice of a charity, as obviously Sir Terry himself is a patron, but also because I work alongside the Alzheimer’s Research team in my office. I’m hoping this will be great publicity for them and raise awareness of their study.
As the play is so far away I don’t really have to think about that yet; first comes funding! We’re throwing a fundraiser on the 14th June; it’s going to be the Ankh-Morpork Market and we’re inviting people to have stalls selling vintage and hand crafted goods (hopefully with a slight Discworld theme!). We’re also looking for local businesses to donate to a silent auction. All the profits of this will go into the fund (have had to set up a company bank account, its all very official!) and then Barclays will match it for ARUK; so they get an initial donation next month then a much bigger one next year.
Its all a little bit strange though. A few months back I started this blog because I had the chance to direct one Pratchett play and now I have a company that specialises in them. I can’t really say I intend to stay on past Carpe Jugulum but I’d love to hand the reins over to someone else, to keep Discworld productions going in Cardiff.
Here is the facebook group for Monstrous Productions; Please join if you’re interested in helping, auditioning or just keeping up to date with what we’re doing.