The Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival needs YOU to help bring an exciting new production to the stage.

Got this in on my email seemed interesting so thought I’d share with y’all:

Ever sat in the stalls watching a really great play and wondered what it would be like to be part of bringing it to the stage?  Well now you can.  The Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival is internationally recognized as one of Ireland’s premiere cultural events and is inviting you to play a very special part in bringing an exciting new production from one of Ireland’s most talented emerging theatre companies to the stage – but they can’t do it without your help.

During the 2010 Festival a once off In Development performance of a new work received a phenomenal reaction with huge excitement and interest from a number of international Festivals and venues.  The Blue Boy is a new show which is being developed by Brokentalkers one of Ireland’s most exciting emerging voices in theatre today.

In 2009 Brokentalkers had a sellout run in the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival with Silver Stars which told the remarkable real life stories of ordinary gay men in search of happiness and fulfillment in a country challenged by their very existence. It has since gone on to travel the world to many international festivals and venues. The Blue Boy is an astonishing show looking at the experiences of those incarcerated as children in Catholic residential care institutions, and with the mediums of film, music and dance, it deals with one of the biggest issues to hit our nation in recent years. Such an ambitious project needs a huge amount of time and resource invested in it to make it into a full production. The next step in this process is a planned four week workshop in May with renowned choreographer Eddie Kay, and that is where you come in!

How to help: The Festival needs you to help FUND IT.  Fundit.ie is a crowdfunding web platform based in Ireland where people can share their ideas for creative projects online.  Projects set the financial target they need, offering unique rewards to donors for different sums pledged.

The Blue Boy a work in development:

How much: You can pledge just €10 euro or if you want to you can pledge more, there are different levels up to €250. For each level you pledge, you will get exclusive rewards.  The Festival has set a target of €3, 000 which they need to meet or (under the rules of Fund it) they will not be able to draw down any of the pledges.

Rewards: There are rewards at every level of pledges from tickets, to an exclusive in development presentation of The Blue Boy, invitations to the VIP launch of the UBDTF Festival, tickets to the Gala Opening night of the Festival and

If you pledge €250, you will have the opportunity to attend a private workshop and discuss the project with the creative team.   It’s a glimpse behind the scenes and access that is never normally available to the public.  (see fundit.ie for full details)

Want to be a part of it?: Well log on to fundit.ie, create an account  and click on what level you would like to support The Blue Boy. Its as easy as that.

Founded in 1957, the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival continues to lead the way in the presentation of outstanding Irish and international performance.  The Festival has hosted productions by the world’s most highly regarded artists, while also premiering work by the giants of Irish theatre.  Aside from presenting theatre of the finest calibre, the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival holds ancillary events which include workshops, symposiums and talks from the world’s most prominent theatre practitioners.   www.dublintheatrefestival.com

The 2011 Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival will run from September 29 – October 16. Full Festival programme will be announced in late summer.

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More info on Brokentalkers http://www.brokentalkers.com/

More info on the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival www.dublintheatrefestival.com

Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival receives financial assistance from the Arts Council.  Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival acknowledges the support of its Title Sponsor.

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