Clean!

Clean! is a rousing and award-winning musical about the ordinary and extraordinary women of laundry hill, Brighton. It celebrates women’s resilience and sisterhood (dare we say feminism?!) across 150 years of history.
At the premiere in June, audiences and critics alike loved it, and several reviewers said it belongs in the West End. This project is about making that happen.

£635.00
raised of £4,000.00 goal
23 Days left
21 Backers
Genre
Musical
Scope
Feature
Seeking funding for
Production
Campaign type
Flexible Funding
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Clean!

Genre
Musical
Seeking funding for
Production
Scope
Feature
Campaign type
Flexible Funding

THE STORY SO FAR

Clean! tells the stories of the women of Roundhill, an area of Brighton, England once known for its laundries.  It explores themes of hardship, suffrage and sexuality, as well as celebrating women's resilience and mutual support. 

 

The Show

With book and lyrics by Sam Chittenden and music by Simon Scardanelli, Clean! won the Outstanding Theatre Award at Brighton Fringe 2021. 

Audiences and critics loved it.  Several reviewers said that it belongs in the West End, and we really want to make that happen.  We are aiming to stage a showcase production in London in November.  This will be an opportunity to invite producers and London-based reviewers to see the show, from which we hope to achieve a West End transfer or national tour.  We would love you to be a part of that journey.  

Here is what some of the critics said:

"touched everyone's hearts"; "has the spirit of Les Miserables, and a strong potential to be taken into the West End" - ***** - Broadway Baby

“a triumph in every sense“; " a spine tingling musical soundscape"; "more than deserves to be seen by a very wide audience" - ***** - Latest Brighton 

“This should be in the West End"; "I’ve never heard a new musical come up to this one"; "a masterwork"; "a true homage to the women it celebrates" - Outstanding Show - Fringe Review  

 

Characters

Clean! is written as a set of interwoven monologues of women at different times in history, highlighting how much has and hasn't changed in 150 years.

Millicent (1880s) - has been a laundry worker 'all her borns'; she cares for her granddaughter after the death of her daughter in childbirth

Dr Helen Boyle (1910s) - lesbian icon, pioneering GP and founder of the first hospital for ordinary women with 'nervous diseases' 

Meg (1929) - a suffragette working to get women to vote in the flapper election, following in her mother's footsteps

Dot (1950) - the manageress of a laundry caught up in the smallpox outbreak after bedding from the first victim's house came there to be washed

Ruby (1970s) - a young woman running away from domestic violence to a home for 'battered women'; she later trains to be a counsellor for other women like her

Juliet (1990s) - menopausal and empty-nested, ex-campaigner Juliet reflects on her time at Greenham Common and on women's shared experiences 

Tasha (2021) - returning to the family home after the deaths of her parents, Tasha finds her mother's research about the area and introduces us to the other characters 

 

WHO WE ARE

Sam Chittenden (book writer and lyricist)

Sam is an award-winning writer and director based in Sussex, England and is Artistic Director of Different Theatre.  She creates mostly female-centric work and has successfully staged a number of fringe productions in Brighton, London and Edinburgh, including So You Say, Sary, Metamorphosis and Unquiet Slumbers. 

Simon Scardanelli (composer and arranger)

Simon is is a composer and songwriter with a long list of professional credits. He has released 6 solo albums, and was half of the duo Big Bam Boo who had a brief run of success in the USA & Canada in the late 80s.  He has written music for theatre, including several productions for Different Theatre, art installations, sub-aqua concerts and performance art. 

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THE CAST (in order of appearance)

Holly Ray as Tasha

Sharon Drain as Millicent

Amelia Armande as Dot

Judey Bignell as Helen

Jack Cryer as Juliet

Anna Chloe Moorey as Meg

Rosa Samuels as Ruby

with Simon Scardanelli on guitar and Ben Alexander on Cello

Ukeles, flute, keyboard, accordion and percussion played by members of the cast.

 

COSTUME & DESIGN

The stories of Clean! are complemented by evocative set/space dressing by the talented Delphine du Barry, drawing on the themes of laundry, suffrage and healthcare.  Delphine also created labels naming a host of suffragette women.  These were hung from the trees in our debut show in a laundry drying field and used to dress the seats at our Brighton Fringe show.

The individual costumes are carefully matched to the period of that character within an overall colour palate of white, purple and green (the colours of the suffragettes). 

 

WHAT WILL YOUR MONEY BE USED FOR?

Your investment will enable us to stage a professional production at a London Theatre.  It will cover the costs of artistic fees for the cast and crew, venue hire, and press/PR activity to ensure we reach the right industry people and audiences.

Artistic and technical fees - £1900

Venue hire - £1300

Materials and Expenses - £300

PR/marketing support - £500

Any additional funding over and above our target will enable us to: stage additional performances; produce additional promotional materials including photos and video; and pay for promotional content in the musical theatre press.

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BE A PART OF THE JOURNEY!

We are excited to see what is next for Clean! and determined to bring it to a wider audience.  However you are able to support us in that journey, we offer you a standing ovation in return.  Watch here to see what that feels like!

£635.00
raised of £4,000.00 goal
23 Days left
21 Backers

Pledge without reward:

You can make a pledge to support Clean! without a reward. The minimum donation is £1.00.
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Social Media Shout-Out

Get a special "thank you" shout-out on twitter and facebook

£10.00
A signed copy of the original cast recording CD

Includes free download

£17.50
Access to a limited edition video of the live show

Online access to a limited edition video of the live Brighton show, with exclusive backstage and outtake footage.

(47 remaining out of 50)
£25.00
A signed copy of Simon's EP 'Three Dances With Sam' on CD, plus the Clean! CD

Own a little piece of history. Three songs written by Simon for Sam from 2007-2014. Who knew they would go on to write musicals together?!
Comes with a copy of the Clean! CD and digital download access.

(98 remaining out of 100)
£25.00
Exclusive Clean! enamel mug

A gorgeous old-fashioned enamel mug with the Clean! peg logo. International delivery extra.

(50 remaining out of 50)
£27.50
Ticket to the London Premiere and signed programme

A ticket to the London premiere on 23 November and a signed copy of the programme

(50 remaining out of 50)
£30.00
Signed libretto

A copy of the full libretto (including book and songs), written and signed by Sam Chittenden

£35.00
Audition prep session

Practice your monologue or song and get feedback and tips from our Director Sam Chittenden in a 30 minute online session. Further sessions (online or face-to-face) can be booked for ongoing work, e.g. one person shows.

(20 remaining out of 20)
£45.00
Signed Tambourine

One not so careful owner. This lovely tambourine got too much of a bashing but still sounds great! Will be signed by the cast, and dedicated if you wish.

International postage extra.

(1 remaining out of 1)
£50.00
Group workshop with Sam

A 3 hour Zoom workshop with writer/director Sam Chittenden, exploring techniques for bringing history to life in scripts and on stage. Numbers limited to 10 per workshop.

(30 remaining out of 30)
£60.00
A personalised sung 'thank you'

A personalised 'thank you' sung by the cast to the tune of Sisterhood and sent to you on video.

(10 remaining out of 10)
£65.00
Signed score, CD and libretto

A copy of the complete score created and signed by composer Simon Scardanelli along with the CD, and the full libretto (including book and songs) written and signed by Sam Chittenden

£70.00
Exclusive Clean! branded pillowcase sign from the original show

Own a little piece of Clean! history. These gorgeous signs, handmade from pillow cases by our designer Delphine du Barry, were used at our original production in an old laundry drying field.

(4 remaining out of 5)
£75.00
VIP ticket to the London Premiere with merch bundle

A ticket to the London premiere on 23 November, a signed copy of the programme, CD, exclusive poster and a chance to meet the writers.

(9 remaining out of 10)
£80.00
Laundry Luvvie

Your name will appear with a special thank you in the show programme. You will also receive a bunch of goodies - a CD, signed programme and libretto.

(20 remaining out of 20)
£100.00
Dramaturgy Session with Sam

Get feedback on your script with a written report and a one hour online discussion with writer/director Sam Chittenden.

(10 remaining out of 10)
£100.00
Backstage Superstar

Sponsor our design and costume department and you can spend a day backstage helping out and learning about set dressing with our awesome designer Delphine du Barry.

(1 remaining out of 1)
£150.00
Washtub Angel

Your name will appear with a very special thank you in the show programme. You will also receive a ticket to the London premiere and a bunch of goodies - a CD, poster, mug, libretto and signed programme.

(5 remaining out of 5)
£250.00
Official Partner Organisation

Sponsor our production and you will get be named as an official partner organisation and get your logo and links on our website and programme. Also includes two tickets to the premiere.

(4 remaining out of 4)
£500.00
A song written for you

Choose one of the tunes from the show and provide us with a brief, and we will write new lyrics for you (or a special person) and send you a backing track to sing it to. (Copyright restrictions will apply).

(5 remaining out of 5)
£500.00
Dr Helen Boyle Archangel

Your name will appear with pride of place as an Archangel in the show programme and you will get an exclusive invitation to a rehearsal in Brighton or London. You will also receive two tickets to the London Premiere and a bunch of goodies - a CD, poster, mug, libretto, score and signed programme.

(3 remaining out of 3)
£500.00
Associate Producer

A special opportunity to be an Associate Producer for our London premiere. As well as a credit in the programme and on our website/social media, you will receive VIP access to the show and all the goodies, plus your own personalised Producer's t-shirt.

Note for donors: this is a DONATION for which you will receive a bundle of perks with our thanks. We would be delighted to discuss investment opportunities separately with interested parties.

(3 remaining out of 3)
£750.00
A song recorded for you

Choose one of the tunes from the show and provide us with a brief, and we will write new lyrics for you (or a special person) and provide you with a recording of the song. (Copyright restrictions will apply).

(2 remaining out of 2)
£1,000.00
Executive Producer

A very special opportunity to be an Executive Producer for our London premiere. As well as a credit in the programme and on our website/social media, you will receive VIP access to the show, an opportunity to attend a production meeting and all the goodies, plus your own personalised Producer's chair.

Note for donors: this is a DONATION for which you will receive a bundle of perks with our thanks. We would be delighted to discuss investment opportunities separately with interested parties.

(1 remaining out of 1)
£1,500.00