Hello! We're writing team Matthew Rankcom (Book & Lyrics) and Joe Wilson (composer) of 'Perfectly Ordinary'. We began this journey in January 2017, having decided that we wanted to help spread the word about mental health awareness and have an open conversation about what it means to different people. After a few months of drafts, we workshopped the show at Arts Educational Schools in London with a wonderful cast of volunteers and then spent a further few months largely rewriting the piece and honing in on the message of acceptance and support. We were very lucky in the Summer of 2018 to book a two day slot at the Guildford Fringe Festival, again with a phenomenal cast who worked for almost nothing. After this came the news that our little show would be going to Australia as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival which is all very exciting! But over in the UK we are about to embark on our biggest scale production yet... and we really need your help.
The Hope Mill Theatre is one of the country's leading Fringe venues and we are beyond excited to be staging the show here. That being said, we are determined to never ask actors to work for free again which means our budget will be (we're not exaggerating) 16 times the amount that we needed for the Guildford production. We're asking for anything you can give us towards the show so that we are able to raise a higher profile for the piece as a vehicle for spreading mental health awareness. It's still such a huge taboo in today's society and we believe that a popular medium like musical theatre can really challenge audiences to have the difficult conversations needed.
The spending on things like venue hire and technical equipment has already begun so we need to secure some funding ASAP. Naturally we have applied to the Arts Council but are yet to hear back and can't solely rely on that small possibility. Anyone who chooses to donate (honestly even 50p will help towards something or other) will receive their names in our programme with a personal thank you from the whole team. We want this show to be universal and to speak to everyone, and with your help we can make that a reality by getting it staged and seen in front of hundreds of people.
@OrdinaryMusical on Facebook and Twitter. Listen to a few of our early demos here!