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The Satyricon needs your support to reach its full potential. That means money - as little or as much as you can afford.

What We Need

Arbery Productions requires 21,000 to put on six performances of The Satyricon in the Festival Studio Theatre in the heart of Edinburgh in June 2020.

25% of that sum is to pay for rehearsal space and the performance venue.

54% is to pay actors and backstage crew.

5% is to pay for set construction and costumes.

9% is for publicity

The remaining 7% is allocated for miscellaneous costs and contingencies.
Won't Ticket Sales Cover Costs?
If we pay our cast and crew a very modest salary (equivalent to about 6.75 an hour for rehearsal and performances) and sell every seat in the theatre throughout the run at a price that our audience can afford, the production will still lose about 11,000.

We could put on a show, pay the cast and crew nothing and hope to break even. Many theatre groups do this, depending on the free time and good will of their actors. Not only do we prefer to pay people for their time and talent, we are more likely to get more talented and dedicated actors if we pay.

Only big budget productions that last months or years in large theatres make significant profit. Without donations, our brief run will not allow us to recoup our costs.
View the budget.
How much we get and how much we spend will be itemised here from 31 January 2020.
What We Are Doing

We are seeking money from the following sources:
* a grant from Creative Scotland
* sponsorship from local and online businesses
* donations from successful theatre entrepreneurs
* donations from friends and family of the cast and crew
* donations from the general public

A monthly report of money raised will be posted here and on social media.
How You Can Help

Give and goodbye
A simple donation of as much or as little as you like.
We thank you by email and never bother you again.

Give and stay in touch
A simple donation of as much or as little as you like.
We send you regular emails (not more than once a month) about The Satyricon and future productions.

Give and get
100 will get you:
our eternal gratitude, a free ticket and a mystery gift.

Give and (maybe) get back
For a donation of 500 you will get:
two free tickets, a mystery gift and
perhaps some money back.
IF we get full houses, a grant, good sponsorship and other donations you MAY receive all your money back, but you are more likely to lose some or all your gift.

View details.

We lose approximately 6% of your donation through Paypal. If you want to give us the full amount, contact us
for bank transfer details. As Tesco reminds us: "Every little helps". (Other supermarkets and slogans are available.)

What Happens If We Don't Get The All Money?

A donor has agreed to underwrite cost of the rehearsal and performance venues so the production will still go ahead. But the actors will not get paid, which may mean some drop out and we have to rely on a less experienced cast. There will also be less money to promote the play and bring in an audience. Which means the experience for everyone will be poorer all round.

Can Arbery Productions be trusted?

Of course we can! - but you'd expect us to say that. You can check our website and see we've been around for several years. In that time we've worked with dozens of actors and backstage crew and had no complaints. But we're not formally constituted and don't have a bank account (we did once but the bureaucracy and costs meant it saved time and money to close it). So all funds go through the account of one of our members (in this case the director Martin Foreman), monitored by other members of the group. Full accounts for The Satyricon will be available on a monthly basis from the end of January 2020 and published at the end of the run.

And When It's All Over?

If - thanks to you - The Satyricon is a success, it won't come to an end in June. We will hope to take it on tour in Scotland and, who knows, further afield. After all, if Petronius' story has lasted this long, perhaps our production will live for not only a week, but a month, a year or more . . .

@thesatyricon @thesatyriconplay @thesatyricon

Based in Edinburgh since 2014, Arbery Productions is an occasional group of theatre creatives with a track record of successful productions.
Arbery Productions website
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Protecting Actors Fringe Charter (SHIELD: 9899), helping to ensure all cast and crew involved
operate under safe and fair working conditions.

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