My friends at the New Factory Of The Eccentric Actor are off to Cesky Krumlov to perform a new translation of A Jubilee by Anton Chekhov as part of the first Soulandi Festival in July 2012. You can help them reach their destination:
Here's what they are looking for, in their own words:
"Who we are:
The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor was formed in 1996 with the aim of staging both large and small-scale radical theatrical work in unusual spaces (not usually used for theatre) - a collective of performers, musicians, writers, designers, and others. Since 1996 we have staged 26 pieces in many different venues before thousands of people. It has only been possible to create our work by utilising the commitment of more than 250 individuals, who have given their time, skills, and energy for free. Core to our work is that our performances have been free to the general public.
The New Factory has been invited to perform at the first Soulandi Festival in Cesky Krumlov, in the Czech Republic in July 2012.
The Festival is headlined by the renowned Czech performer Jaroslav Dušek, and we will be presenting a brand new translation of A Jubilee by Anton Chekhov. We will in fact be performing in both Czech (with local collaborators) and English, and bringing to bear the full eccentricity of the company on the work as we perform in a large Chapito (tent). There will be music, passion, not a small amount of madness, and a mass eccentric dance.
10 members of the company will travel to and from the event by train to keep our carbon footprint down to a minimum. Travelling light, taking the bare minimum in terms of costume etc., this is a carpet bags and suitcases trip. Our designer will create the set from found materials when we arrive, as we create the show specifically for the space. (With the support of members of the local Cesky Krumlov community) We will be accommodated in a mixture of local homes and tents.
Having dipped our toes into the world of film last year with our short 'Lenin's Lunch', we are very excited about filming the entire trip, and releasing a Lo-Fi documentary of the whole process as a key part of the overall project.
As ever with The New Factory all those involved are working unpaid, and the company itself will receive no fee for the production. This is definitely a no-frills trip for everyone, but we are looking for support to help with what is for us an expensive enterprise. By far the largest expense is the cost of travel to and from the Czech Republic, and we are looking to raise £4,000. We have to do it quickly as well, to take advantage of cheaper rail fares. Any support you can give, large or small, will be greatly appreciated."