Hello, we are Touted Folly; Theatre for thought, a small, wholly independent theatre company that has been producing and performing original work since 2016. The past year has had a huge impact on our company, as it has across all the arts. We have had to cancel tour dates in Kent and the Midlands, cancel recordings and put a show on hold until further notice. So, today, we need your support and encouragement more than ever before. Here's why...
Q: What is this GoFundMe campaign raising money for?
A: KNOCK KNOCK - a new production of an acclaimed drama, written by Floyd Toulet, performed by Lucy Bagley and Philip Blair and directed by Joe Staton. Recognised by the V&A National Video Archive of Performance, endorsed by Peter Egan and awarded five star reviews by the London Audience Club.
“I have dissociative identity disorder. Do you know what that means? It means people like you think I’m insane.”
Surprising, powerful and unsettling, KNOCK KNOCK takes you on a journey deep into a mind broken by the past.
“I hear voices in my head. Each one as recognisable and individual to me as yours is to you."
KNOCK KNOCK tells the story of a man who lives with Dissociative Identity disorder (D.I.D.) - known, until 1994, as Multiple Personality Disorder. It is a rare psychological condition in which two or more distinct identities or personality states, are present in an individual and alternately take control of that individual. The person also experiences extensive memory loss. Usually, the primary identity or ‘host’ carries the individual’s given name and is passive, guilty and or depressed. Each of the identities or ‘alters’ is experienced as though it has a distinct history and self-image with a separate name, reported age, gender and personal history.
The various identities may or may not like or approve of one another or even know of one another’s existence. D.I.D. is thought to result from severe trauma during childhood. It is a coping mechanism - the person dissociates his / her conscious self from a situation or experience that is too painful to acknowledge.
Q: What do audiences think of this show?
A: The original run of KNOCK KNOCK was watched by hundreds of people in Kent, London and the Midlands and the response was always extraordinarily positive. Our comment books are full of, often deeply personal, words of support and encouragement, shared stories and thanks. We don't expect our new production to be any less powerful.
Our company, like so many others, suffered a terrible blow during the past year and getting up and dusting ourselves down will only happen with the support of people like you. Please donate whatever you can. It will make a tremendous difference to us.
Q: How will the money raised be spent?
A: Every penny donated will go towards the costs of putting this show back on the road, reaching out to new audiences, having the performance professionally recorded and made available to a global online audience.
Your donation will help us:
Cover licensing fees
Have our performance professionally filmed and streamed online.
Successfully market and distribute our project
Ensure a Covid-19 safe environment
On behalf of all of us, thank you.
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