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We're making a show about online misogyny, and we need your help. 

If you've ever read an online argument, especially one about feminism or racism, you know how compelling, ugly, and occasionally funny they can get. Now that the politics of those discussions are increasingly mainstream, it's more important than ever to examine how that language and those attitudes really affect people. It's important to see how people react not on a screen, but in a room.

That's right folks, we're bringing the bottom half of the Internet to the stage. And we're live streaming it too, so you, who help us fund it, and anyone online who wants to, can hear it too. 

Don't read the comments, listen to them instead. 

We found a comment thread that had everything: drama, humour, mistaken identity, patience, bile, sock puppets, bigotry, conspiracy theories, mockery...everything we now recognise as typical of an internet blow-up - and more.  It was all sparked by this viral cartoon:  https://sexismcomic.tumblr.com/ and we're going to make a show using only the comments on the thread.

The Hear Me Roar feminist festival in Lancaster is hosting a first performance in 2018, and then we go on tour. We have a brilliant mixed-gender team on board; Irene Soldatos has created a script entirely out of those 666 comments, Daniel Bye is directing, and Ben Rigby and I are ready to play dozens of commenters apiece.

We are applying for Arts Council funding, but we still need your support. We need to pay a design team, a producer - we need to pay for publicity - we want this to tour as widely as possible.

Help us demonstrate that this is a topic people care about by contributing to our campaign. This is the Internet's problem, and you digital citizens, can help us address it. 

Only you can make this important feminist show possible. We can't make it happen without you.
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Hello, dear supporters! This update contains thanks, an apology, and A LINK TO A VIDEO OF THE SHOW!

Thanks to your help, the generous support of Arts Council England, and some last-minute pitching in of help and advice from Lancaster friends at the Storey and the Dukes, we made a show!

THANK YOU!!!! We think you're wonderful!

And now, the apology. And the attempt to make it up to you.

We promised we would live stream the show, so you could watch what your donations helped make. Unfortunately, we ran into technical problems. We only had a day in the performance space, and it turned out that the projector we had borrowed, the shape and size of the space, and the very high resolution image Gabby Schulz gave us of his comic were mutually incompatible. We could have fixed it if we'd had more time to tinker with software and projectors, but...

In trying to fix it, we ended up using all the time we had. We didn't manage to do a full dress rehearsal before the performance, and we didn't manage to set up a live stream.

We're very sorry.

BUT... we have a video of the show, here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EC-KMTR8D0k&feature=youtu.be for you to watch at your leisure. Please do! Also, please, don't post it online or otherwise spread it beyond your immediate circle because...

We're going on tour in 2019! It's all in the planning stages still, but it's going to happen. Fear not, there will be updates as things get clearer. In the meantime, please enjoy the video of the show your kind contribution helped make, and if you notice any of the mistakes we made (remember where I said we didn't get a rehearsal in the performance space?) well, that's the joy and terror of live performance for you.

Thank you again! We couldn't have done it without you!
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It's been ages since we've updated you on our progress, so here's a quick round-up of what we've been up to:

In early January we spent a week at Lancaster Arts researching and developing the theatrical space in which the text could exist. We experimented with different performance styles, with movement and music, and we also did a lot of work on the text - tweaking here and there and assigning lines to performers. We also had our picture taken.

We have a flyer now - it's going to the printers today. What do you think?

We've had some design conversations with Hannah Sibai and Katharine Williams, and we've seen sketches and items of furniture that will be on the stage - we're starting to get an idea of how this is all going to work in front of an audience, and that's very exciting indeed.

We're selling tickets for our first ever performance - March 10th in Lancaster https://www.eventbrite.com/e/666-comments-tickets-42270564396

We're going into final rehearsals at the end of February with a new draft of the script and a much clearer idea of what it's all going to look and feel like - remember, if you can't make it to Lancaster, we will be live streaming the performance - and of course we'll be touring next year if you want to catch us in the flesh.

In the meantime, w're still well short of our funding goal, and we could still use your help - maybe tell people about it by sharing the crowdfunder link? We are incredibly grateful for any kind of support - you make it all possible!

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Wonderful news, everyone!

We've received funding from Arts Council England - they are supporting our show; that is, providing the majority of the funds we need. We're very excited, gratified, and grateful - it means we can start rehearsals in January as planned.

But...there's a catch. The Arts Council can't and won't fund 100% of any project. You need to raise some of the funds elsewhere. In our case, we've been trying to raise them here. And we've raised £942 thanks to the kindness and generosity of you lovely people, to whom we are forever grateful. You are wonderful!

However, t's still nowhere near or goal. Even after ACE funds come through, there's a slightly over 2,500 hole in our budget.

Can you help us spread the word? Online misogynist harassment is an ever-present and growing problem; one of the defining social ills of the age. Maybe you have friends who might support us if they knew about this innovative theatre project to tackle it? Maybe you know a blog or a journalist who might want to cover the story and spread our reach? Or even if you could just post about it on social media, saying that you supported us and why?

We hate to ask more from you, you've been so supportive already, but we need to plug that budget hole.

In the meantime, we're still over the moon, and we can't wait to start rehearsals. More updates soon, and once we're in a rehearsal room there will be pictures.
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Hello, everyone! I know it says I launched this campaign a month ago, but really, I'm launching it now. I wanted to run a few things by my collaborators, submit the Arts Council application, make sure that Gabby Schulz remembered giving me permission to use his comic and the comment thread as the basis for a show, and that he was still okay with it - he is!

If we get funded, we're scheduled to start rehearsals in January. Over the next few months, I'll be updating occasionally with more about the creative team, the Hear Me Roar festival, and our plans, but if there's anything specific you want to know, please ask and I'll do my best to answer.

Aliki
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