We need this stuff - and of course we accept it in smaller quantities
Won't Ticket Sales Cover Costs?
Without donations, if we pay our cast and crew a very modest salary (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 £7,000.
Alternatively, we could put on a show, pay the cast and crew nothing and hope to cover other costs through ticket sales. Many theatre groups do this, depending on the free time and good will of their actors. We prefer to pay people for their time and talent - and we are likely to get more talented and dedicated actors if we pay.
We are asking for £21,000 rather than £7,000 because (a) we can't guarantee ticket sales and (b) we would like to be able to repay at least some of the donations if the play is a success. See Give and (maybe) get back in the next column.
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
How You Can Help
Give and goodbye
A simple donation of as much or as little as you like (£5 sounds good, £10 even better).
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 (think £5, £10, £25 . . . ).
We send you regular emails (not more than once a month) about
The Satyricon and future productions.
Give and get
£100 will get you:
your name in the programme, a free ticket and a mystery gift.
Give and (maybe) get back
For a donation of £500 you will get:
your name in the programme, two free tickets, a mystery gift
some money back.
IF we get full houses, a grant, good sponsorship and other donations you MAY receive all your money back, but
we cannot guarantee any return.
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 for everyone.
CanArbery 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.
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 . . .
Based in Edinburgh since 2014, Arbery Productions
is an occasional group of theatre creatives with a track record of successful productions.
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