Based on the Russian Fairy-tale, The Snow Maiden, Butterfly Psyche’s distinct magical style offers a very special treat for everyone this Christmas. But the magic doesn’t end there; what this one little Bath-based theatre company is aiming to do is challenge how theatremaking is approached in the UK and kick the ‘exclusivity’ out of it.
- Make it easier for disabled people to attend the theatre.
- Make The Snow Child accessible, welcoming and relevant.
- Inspire other arts organisations to work in this way.
In doing this they hope to change the way theatre is approached in the UK. Writer/Director of the project (and Artistic Director of Butterfly Psyche Theatre) Alison Farina says:
“We believe that accessibility should be integrated into production from the beginning. It doesn’t have to been seen as an ‘add-on’ or something to be ‘shoehorned’ into work. We want to prove, even to tiny fringe companies like us, that making work accessible is not out of reach, that it doesn’t compromise creativity and that it is the most magical and rewarding way to approach making theatre for everyone.
We have very gratefully received funding from the Arts Council to help us make the project, but in order to receive the full grant we’ve been offered, we need to find further match-funding. So, as part of our fundraising activity, we created this Kickstarter Campaign. But according to the rules of Kickstarter, if we don’t reach our goal by the deadline, all of the pledges we receive are wiped out and we’d have to start all over again. But, we’re really hopeful. Everyone we tell about the project gets behind it and we can’t wait to bring it to life this Christmas.”
The team’s goal is to reach £1500 by midnight on October 24th. For more information on the project you can visit their Campaign Page on Kickstarter, which is where you can also make a donation to the project.
So, go on. Skip that Muffin and Skinny Latte and help the ‘little guys’ make #theatreforall instead!