Of Our Own Making - Project

£732 of £1,000 goal

Raised by 41 people in 7 months
Created January 4, 2019

Hello and welcome to our Go Fund Me campaign.

We're Something Underground and with Of Our Own Making  we're making theatre that asks fiddly questions about radicalisation, grooming into gangs, refugees, Brexit, Chilcot, the Iraq war, terrorism, tabloids & fear.

After years of young people being groomed into terrorist groups, drugs gangs, or Far Right groups,  Award-winning Something Underground's new play “Of Our Own Making” (by Jonathan Brown) asks many uncomfortable questions, at renowned hub of diversity in London-based theatre, Tara .

Set against the Syrian refugee crisis, OOOM follows the plight of 4 seeming refugees and their journeys from the shores of Libya into the heart of Europe, and of one of them into the heart and bed, of an unsuspecting tabloid reporter; asking along the way, questions of the role of the Iraq war, the Chilcot enquiry, the tabloid press' demonising of immigrants to swing a Brexit, and a simplistic view of the radicalised or conscripted, from the media and politicians.

Parallel to the main plot we witness the online grooming of an isolated young boy, (username: Parsifal) watch his slow decline out of the hands of a society that has forgotten him, and into the hands of those who prey on this disenchantment. 

              Our Interview on London Live TV News 

The Arts Council England-supported project, from award-winning Something Underground includes free workshops for teen boys in Wandsworth, which invite the young men to devise scenes, with movement director Helen Parlor  (assistant choreographer opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games) with Artistic Director Jonathan Brown, and Mark Nightingale (Mentor for A Band Of Brothers .)
If the boys get to grips with the scenes, they'll perform alongside the professional production.

At Tara Arts we've Artistic Director Jatinder Verma  (MBE... for services to diversity in theatre) and their stunning award-winning new theatre. Renowned international musician Dirk Campbell , (Harry Potter, The Mummy) provides the haunting music with ethnically relevant instruments. (Dirk has a profound knowledge of international music, and a deep connection to the region, being the father of Anna Campbell , the young woman killed in Rojave region of Northern Syria in 2018  having joined the YPJ (The Kurdish Women’s' Protection Force) fighting first IS, and then Turkish forces to the north.)

On the cast is Natali Servat ( the lead in “Nazanin's Story”, the play about Iranian detainee Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, longlisted for the Amnesty International 2017 Freedom of Expression Award.)

Our central image has been provided to us by mulit-award-winning photojournalist Loulou D'Aki .

We also have lovely actors Vincent Kerschbaum, Erin Elkin, & Hamza Siddique.

The beneficiaries:

Our expected 4-figure audiences who'll attend the show.
Attendees at our free theatre workshops, their families and friends.
Employment for wide range of creatives, (actors, directors, writer, movement director, musician, lighting designer, tech operator, SM, photographer, Project Manager, venue managers, marketing officers, FOH sstaff, venues, catering companies, printing companies.

What the funds will be used for: 
This campaign is one vital part of our budget for a project that includes funding and in-kind funding from the several quarters,  and we hope, including YOU.

The funds are used for many things: A list of how we are using funds donated can be found here:

How soon we need the funds?
Now is good! We're ready to recieve your donations. Ourproject began on 1 November 2018 and will conclude with our final show at Tara Arts on 16th Feb 2019

What the support will mean to us? 
Well... we've been working on this project since Autumn 2016 getting it to fruition. It's been a long road, and we've been gently steered by events toward making it possible to not only produce the play itself, a play that really asks us to find the humanity in all, (never mind who is demonised and who is demonising.) but also to work with young men who can both explore issues of  vulnerability to online predators of all shapes, and can (with our guidance) devise great theatre scenes, and see them performed.
There's more about the road to where we've got to at this link: 

Your donation (however large or small) will help to make all of this happen!
It's very exciting to be able to bring so many wonderful people together.

Of Our Own Making
“It takes a village to radicalise a child”

Written & Directed by Jonathan Brown
Something Underground
Best New Play Award, New Writing South 2012
Best New Play Award, (Shortlist) New Writing South 2013
Best Male Performer, Brighton Fringe 2013
Best Female Performer, Brighton Fringe 2014
Best Female Performer, Brighton Fringe 2013
Best Male Performer, Brighton Fringe 2007

Playing Tara Theatre, Earlsfield, Wandsworth,  Jan 30th-Feb 16th 


For a £5 donation  ("Helping hand")        Thank you email & Social media (twitter/FB/instagram) shout outs

For a £10 donation  ("Leg up")                     As "Helping hand" + website mentions.

For a £15 donation: ("Good turn")            As "Leg up" + programme mention.  

For a £25 donation  ("Rock"):                       As "Good turn" + 2-4-1 tickets.  

For a £40 donation   ("Angel")                      As "Rock" but proper boxed programme listing + copy of poster.

For a £50 donation  ("Silver Angel")         As  "Angel" + signed programme + cast photo.

For a £70 donation ("Golden Angel")      As "Silver Angel" + Behind the scenes tour of production + seats reserved.

For a £80 donation ("Diamond")                 As "Golden Angel" + Meet the cast & crew.

For a £100 donation ("Benefactor Angelis")
                                                                                        As "Golden Angel" + 1hr Acting/Mentoring class with JB,  2 free tix, free drink/nibbles at interval for 2. 

For a £200 donation ("Supreme Benefactor")
                                                                                       As "Benefactor Angelis" but 4 free tix & free drink/nibbles at interval for 4:  

To get in touch.... just click or tap the envelope icon next to our name on the campaign up at the top. 

Thank you in advance for your generosity and support

We hope you'll come and see the play!  More info: https://www.somethingunderground.co.uk/i-refugee-working-title/

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Wow! We've had a late surge in donations.

Thank you sooooo much to our recent donors!! The Warm Glow factory is open again for business!

We're going to keep the campaign going a little longer to try to get closer to our initial £1.5k target as the sad shortfall in audience figures has meant that the one writing all the cheques doesn't yet get to write one to himself. Sad but true.

Please do keep plugging the campaign to your networks if you can... as bringing this project to fruition has taken Individual #1 two and half yrs of work, and sadly altho the Warm Glow is seriously gorgeous, and Individual #1 absolutely wouldn't have it any. other. way. .... The Warm Glow and The Bills have been looking at each other with bemusement and scratching their heads!

Also... on another note......we're bringing Betsy back to Brighton Fringe in May, so keep yer eyes peeled for that.!

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Hi Everyone.

It's now a fortnight since OOOM came down from the stage at Tara Arts.

We did it! Thanks in a big part to you and your support and belief in us.

A big thank you too to all of you that managed to get along to see the play.
We had some great reviews, and some wonderful audience feedback and we'll be writing to you directly to let you have a look at some of that so you know what it is that you achieved.

We played 20 performances, ran 5 free workshops, and had one showcase performance for our workshopped boys.

For now.... Here's our latest webpage on the project.


Thank you again!
Jonathan and All at SUTC:
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Our lovely Donors. Your names (unless you donated anonymously) are being added to our programme, and soon it's go to print.
We're now at 6/10 of the way to our target, and day by day, small and larger lovely gifts arrive in our collecting box.
Today we ran the whole play, found some scenes that might need to be jettisoned (editing is a painful and joyful process!)

Today we had SM Emily M-B right there to help us keep an eye on Stage Management issues, and Technical Operator Paul Thomas with us too, busily programming Qlab (this is our sound cue software) to ensure the soundscapes and music, that augment the action, are all in place.
The last piece of gorgeous original and specially composed music has arrived from musician Dirk Campbell and included in the mix.
Yesterday, Costume and Set designer Sorcha Corcoran was with us, to ensure that the actors go on with something to wear.

We hope you'll all be coming to see our show.

Tix here: https://www.tara-arts.com/whats-on/of-our-own-making

Thank you again.

please spread the word.
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We've broken through the half way barrier! Wow... over 20 wonderful donors, and we're nearly at opening night.
We've finished our 5 outreach workshops with teen boys, Helen Parlor, Mark Nightingale, the actors, and JB.
We've now onboard
Our Stage Manager, Emily Melville-Brown
Joseph Thomas - Lighting Design
Paul Thomas - technical operator / programmer (lights / sound)
Sorcha Corcoran - Design / Costume
Clare O Flaherty - Project Manager
Zoe Biles - Tara Marketing & Communications Manager
Jonathan Kennedy - Tara Interim Executive Director.
Harry Elleston . Digital Communications Officer Tara (Press)
Dirk Campbell - Musician / Composer
Jonathan Brown - writer / director / actor / producer
Helen Parlor - Movement Director who’s been co-holding our workshop with the boys, and has some more rehearsals to do with them and the actors.
Mark Nightingale - ABOB Leader who’s been co-holding our workshop with the boys. (his role has now ended)
Emma Berge - Mobius (Marketing campaign management)
Isobel Turton - Mobius (print distribution)
Natali Servat - Actor playing Amira
Hamza Siddique - Actor playing Hussan
Erin Elkin - Actor playing Micky
Vincent Kerschbaum - Actor playing Saif.

I'd love to show you a picture of everyone togedda, but they're rarely in the same room!

Instead, let me tell you that Sorcha came and measured the actors today. They're all the right size.
Our wonderful scaffold tower lenders, London Tower Services came and delivered our scaff tower in freezing London dead on 9am
And we shifted our rehearsals for our last 1 1/2 weeks to Tara Theatre building today.

Tomorrow more props and set arrive, We'll run Act 1 and 2 again too, (we ran the whole play last Friday and it's already in fine shape.) and act 3 on Weds.

get your tickets here! https://www.tara-arts.com/whats-on/of-our-own-making

See you soon! ....and thanks for donating!
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