NEW I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again!

£1,680 of £5,000 goal

Raised by 44 people in 16 months

We are The OFFSTAGE Theatre Group and have been running from our base in Gloucestershire since 1991. We've won the odd award, toured the 'classics' and premiered a lot of original work, all of which has been highly-acclaimed.

In 2016, we performed a 'Greatest Hits' version of the classic BBC Radio comedy I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, after being given the exclusive licence to do so. This was a one-off production for charity.

In 2017, we took a revamped version of the show - I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again... Again! - on a 5-star reviewed tour...

"...Most importantly, they'd tweaked the material to bring it up to date, but only in a most sensitive manner, like somebody restoring an old master. Though timeless and surreal references to ferrets and groansome puns were its stock-in-trade, it seemed more like the original, ironically, when they occasionally included references to current events, so that it felt like a real show rather than a museum piece. Particularly impressive were the few comments about the general election result, which was only announced on the day of the performance. Purists needn't worry, they didn't change very much, it was still mainly packed full of swinging 60s zaniness, but those light touches of modernisation elevated the show to as near perfect as you could hope for. 5/5"

Here's the video trailer for that tour: 2017 Tour Trailer 

In December 2017, and realised by the first flurry of donations, we were able to stage A Christmas Wonder Show - an ISIRTAA Christmas Special (pieced together from the numerous Christmas shows that the original series produced).

So, what's next? 

We'd very much like to go on another tour in 2018, essentially doing a 'Greatest Hits II' - with a revamped show that uses some of what we've already done, with entirely new material from the original radio shows. We'd also like to try and perform at a venue in London for a limited run.

And this is where YOU come in! If you saw the show, or were desperate to see it and couldn't make it, then perhaps you'd consider funding our next stage of the creative process? We'd be most grateful.

Our budget might seem like a lot but here's a little run-down of what this professional production has to pay for...

Cost of Venue Hire (performance and technical)
Cost of Adapting The Script
Cost of Rehearsal Space
Cost of 4 Professional Musicians
Cost of 5 Professional Actors
Cost of Special Guest Star(s); original cast members Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, Jo Kendall and John Cleese, for example.
Cost of Graphic Designer/Artist (posters and artwork)
Cost of Set Building/Props (construction and materials)
Cost of Copyright Percentage
Cost of SFX Operator and Stage Manager
Cost of extra Sound Equipment for venue (mics, etc)
Cost of Public Liability Insurance
Cost of Publicity (posters, flyers, programmes, etc)
Cost of Producer/Director fees

So, we hope you might see your way to helping us with this and claiming one of the rewards up for grabs in doing so. It's a show that is purely entertaining and very, very silly. We'd appreciate your support.

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17th January 2018...


Finally, the last batch of rewards have arrived. Hurrah! If you had a badge or postcards as your perk for donating, they've all been sent out and should have been received. Now, I'm on to the T-Shirts.

So, by the end of this week, all the rewards should have been completed. Phew.

Thank you ALL for your kind donations (and big kudos to those who didn't want the reward offered but just wanted to donate to the show). Without all of YOUR help, the Christmas Wonder Show - which was a sell-out show and 5-star reviewed - would not have been produced.

Best wishes & rainbow fishes,
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I'm sorting out all the rewards this month. Nearly there on most but I will be pestering again about t-shirt sizes individually, so I can source those.

But, keep an eye on the post this month!

Thanks again for being so kind as to donate to this. Because of all of YOU, we were able to put on the Christmas Wonder Show - to a very appreciative audience in December. Thank you so much.

Best wishes & rainbow fishes,
BARNABY (Producer, et all)
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Hello, all!

As the ISIRTAA Christmas show approaches (8th December), and the workload gets heavier, I need to know if everyone (a) actually wants their rewards (or were just happy just to donate), and (b) if you know that rewards will be sent out in January (unless it's a ticket to the show)?

If you paid to have a ticket for the show, your ticket is reserved under your name at The Playhouse. If you don't want it, we can put it back on sale. But, I do need to know before December as we know there is a waiting list for tickets.

Thanks for your amazing donations. Drop me a line if you have any questions, I think everyone should have my personal email.

Best wishes & rainbow fishes,
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1st OCTOBER 2017...

We're now over heading towards halfway of our financial goal, which is amazing considering how few people have donated. So, to you people, I cannot thank you enough. Your hard-earned money given and your belief in laughter will make the Xmas Show less of a stress than the previous tour and, hopefully, we'll get enough to realise another tour next year that won't break the bank!

A big shout-out to www.glos.info - who are the friendliest and loveliest local listings aid for Gloucestershire. Do hop on over and see their website.

Best wishes & rainbow fishes,
BARNABY (Producer, etc)
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£1,680 of £5,000 goal

Raised by 44 people in 16 months
Donate £10 and your name will feature in the Theatre Programme and you'll get mentioned in a special weekly shout out on Twitter and on Facebook.
You'll receive one of our four specially-designed badges for the show, as a well as a mention in our weekly shout-out and Programme.
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Your name will appear at the top or bottom of a script page, saying you sponsored it; as well as a shout out in our weekly roll call and in Programme.
A set of 6 limited edition Art Cards designed exclusively for 'I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again... Again!', as well as a weekly shout-out and in Programme.
A white t-shirt with an amazing Professor Prune logo on the front, as well as a weekly shout-out and name in Programme. All tee sizes/genders available.
We'll buy your ticket to the show, you can meet the cast for a drink before/after, and your name/photo will be in the Programme. Plus, the weekly shout-out too.
You will be named as Executive Producer, with a picture in the Theatre Programme, and we'll buy your ticket to the show, weekly shout-out, and meet the cast.
Show ticket, signed script, photo/name in Programme, meet the cast before/after, weekly shout-out, Prune Tee, Art Cards & your name as a character in the script
All previous perks AND you'll have a specially written song about you that we'll perform live before the show and provide on video too.
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