Crowdfunding Supervised for Tallon and Lily Haines by parent Joanne Haines & Financial Co-ordinator for ABOP SO Theatre's Edinburgh Fringe Project Gareth Williams and Project & Artistic Director for ABOP SO Theatre's Edinburgh Fringe Project Dix Aston.
Bitey and Bertie’s Grand Tour is a lively and magical production for children and families who love dinosaurs.
“Bitey and Bertie met at the railway station! They were the oddest of friends and the oddest of friends have the oddest of adventures. Join Bitey and Bertie on their grand tour with their magical trunk, full of magical props. It’s all going to be marvellously odd!”
'Biteymactinyhands' a 4 metre x 2 metre animatronic dinosaur arrived by ship, and lorry at ABOP HQ from China in the Autumn of 2015 to the great delight of all involved. The Creative Team, Puppeteer, and Young Actors Company ABOP ‘SO Theatre’ developed the show throughout the first part of the year and in the Summer of 2016 the show previewed at the amazing Theatre on the Moor 'Sterts Theatre’, Liskeard, Cornwall. In 2017 Bitey & Bertie will be at the Shaftesbury Fringe in Dorset with abopatthefringe and in August Bitey & Bertie's Grand Tour will transfer to the famous Edinburgh Fringe running at Emerald Theatre, Nicholson Square 4th-19th August.
SO Theatre is a young actors company based in Shaftesbury, Dorset working as part of the outreach youth theatre programme offered by professional theatre company Anything But Ordinary Productions, resident at Shaftesbury Arts Centre. ABOP offer unique and creative opportunties for young actors age 12-21 years. All company members attend local Schools, Colleges and Universities. Founded just twleve months ago SO have made huge ceative impact with their debut show Spring Awakening and young actors UK premiere of the Broadway musical 'Carrie'. Both shows received rave reviews and in March 2017 'SO' hope to repeat this success with another UK premiere show 'Ravensbruck' written especially for the company, and a number of additonal shows as part of Shaftesbury Fringe.
As a cast we are already fundraising in various ways to cover costs for:
Rehearsal Space to prep the show for Edinburgh.
Double sets of costumes for the two week run.
More props to improve the experience for young audiences.
Paying for the Venue and.....
Advertising! Lots and lots, and lots of advertising, and publicity to promote the show in the lead up to and during Edfringe….. and generally getting the word out about Bitey & Bertie's Grand Tour.
BUT now my sister Lily and I have to do our individual bit towards getting to Edinburgh....our accommodation, transportation etc. This is one of the many ways we are raising funds and we are working extremely hard to reach our goal!
From each member of our company...."As you can probably imagine we’re seriously excited about Edinburgh! We feel extemely privileged to be going. We do need to raise quite a large amount of money however, but we are determined to do everything we can to raise it from performances, bag packs, cake sales, securing local sponsorship and any other fundraising ideas we can come up with. It's a theatrical adventure that will not only enhance and develop our theatre and performance skills but will help us to grow as individulas and as a company. We work extremely hard and to high standards and we want to make everyone proud. Our show is creative, witty and great fun for children and families. We love it! We CAN guarantee that we’ll be the only performers with a MASSIVE T Rex at the edfringe! As 2017 is the 70th Anniversary of the festival we can’t wait to represent our home towns, schools, parents, Shaftesbury Arts Centre and ABOP at the biggest arts festival on the planet.
In 2016 there were 50,266 performances of 3,269 shows in 294 venues with performers from all over the world.
We’d be eternally grateful if you could find it in your heart to donate....even a little. Every penny counts....
Lily and I aim to raise a total of £2,000 by the beginning of March when we have to start paying for everything.
Thank you SO very, very much.
Tallon & Lily Haines
Members of ABOP SO Theatre & the cast for 'Bitey & Bertie's Grand Tour' Edinburgh Fringe 2017.