Some of you lovely people who are following this blog may be wondering just what the hell this Royal National Theatre of Fools is, and what it has to do with being a fringe newbie? Well...
The Royal National Theatre of Fools is a radical alternative cabaret club starting soon in the heart of Peckham. It’s an immersive, eclectic, pop up, multimedia experience combining the talents of established and emerging variety acts with artists and designers from South London. It’s dedicated to the comedy of the modern clown, the absurd and the downright eccentric, expressed through live performance, film, art and design. If you are scared of Ronald MacDonald have no fear. We have a strict no white make up policy for our clown acts. (Red nose is optional.)
...at least that was the copy I came up with today for our website and I have to say I'm quite pleased with it.
It all started really as an idea for us to cut our teeth in the world of theatrical production. "Let's put on a club" we said, "that'll be easy". Of course the idea grew, and grew... and grew some more, so putting on a club has proved not to be that easy. We don't mind the hard work because the idea has grown into something that we like a lot. In fact we like it so much that we may even consider taking it up to Edinburgh next year as well. And so, following on from yesterday's blog, I've been busy looking into crowd funding. In case you don't know crowd funding is basically a way of raising money to fulfill your dream project. It works on the principle of getting a lot of people to invest a small amount towards a set target that will allow the project to go ahead. In return for this micro investment you offer them rewards ranging from things like free tickets to events to exclusive limited edition gifts for those who do donate larger sums. It's grass roots funding, and I'm a total fan. I know this blog may seem like a bit of a plug today, and that's because it is. I confess to being truly inspired with this funding idea and I now feel that we could actually pull off our grandiose scheme. I had a positive spring in my step as I strolled down Rye Lane in Peckham today to pay a visit to yet another potential venue. I have a new sense of confidence that maybe we won't have to sell everything we own (even the shirts off our backs for a contingency fund) to get this project up and running.
We have decided to crowd fund and have already started on one of our rewards. An exclusive gala fundraisers preview show at a venue in Central London and we'll keep you updated. Think big, that's what I say. Right, I'm now getting on my soapbox and proclaiming to the world (well to anyone who reads this, not quite the whole world, but part of it) that if you have a heart project or an artistic dream then crowd funding, consider you should. (I hope I'm allowed to steal the grammar of Yoda). And here are some links, follow you could.
Mike Raffone is the co founder of the production company howhow along with his fiancé Grisel Tarifa. They will soon be crowd funding for their new performance club The Royal National Theatre of Fools. It will be dedicated to the clown, the absurd and the eccentric. Go to www.howhow.co.uk for more info.