The Devious Theatre Company have just launched a Fund It campaign for their new production Night Of The Living Dead which hits the Watergate Theatre this June.
Fund It is an Irish crowd funding website that has been integral to many artistic projects getting off the ground in the past year. Since launching this time last year, Fund It has helped fund over 30 Irish stage productions including 14 premieres.
Devious Theatre are the first local theatre company to launch a campaign on the site and they hope to generate a total of €5,000 over the 40 days of the campaign which kicked off on April 10. As a local company not currently in receipt of annual funding, they are mostly dependent on fundraising and box office to support their 2012 productions. Last year saw the prolific group perform four productions in Kilkenny in 12 months, two of which were premieres (Scratcher, Shifting), one was an original Kilkenny set piece (Smitten) and another was a Kilkenny debut (Bash)
Night Of The Living Dead is the Irish stage premiere of George A. Romero’s 1968 horror classic, this time set in a modern Ireland wracked by fear, greed and undergoing a crisis that holds no hope for the future. The Fund It campaign for Night Of The Living Dead offers a series of unique rewards for the various funding levels, where you can pitch anywhere between €5 and €250 towards the production. The latter price range is the most expensive and for a very good reason. For that donation, you join the production as part of the credited cast and spend one night onstage playing one of the living dead. A half day in rehearsal, with the cast and crew before you hit make up and effects and then get ready to take your bow. It’s a unique way to fund a show and get involved and with only five slots available for the debut run of the production, the company hope to find five generous and enthusiastic new cast members.
Your contributions will help with the production design, set, effects, costumes and promotion of the new play, the group’s first in the Watergate Theatre since Stags and Hens in 2009. With a whole series of rewards available, all donations will help fund the production and also will ensure you everything from tickets to scripts to the original soundtrack for the play. If you fancy helping Devious Theatre hit their target in the next 40 days, you can do so on the Fund It website.