PITCH - Edinburgh Fringe Premiere and UK Tour

PITCH is a bold, joyful exploration of football and the queer community. It is the winner of the Pleasance Charlie Hartill Reserve 2023 and is co-produced by November Theatre, The Pleasance and Sarah Verghese Productions

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    PITCH - Edinburgh Fringe Premiere and UK Tour

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

    THE SHOW

    PITCH is a bold, joyful exploration of football and the queer community. It is the winner of the Pleasance Charlie Hartill Reserve and is co-produced by November Theatre, The Pleasance and Sarah Verghese Productions

    Created from interviews with queer football fans, players & teams, PITCH is a testament to the queer experience of football. Through physical theatre, tender writing, and the real voices of those we’ve met along the way, our audience will watch us play (some for the first time), ask why there is still such a disparity in the men’s game vs the women’s, and chant chants you’ve never heard before… 

    November Theatre (The Stage’s Top Picks of 2022 - Edinburgh Fringe), imagine a future in which queer representation in football is more than just a debate over a rainbow armband. Expect a hat-trick of true stories, dirty tactics and dancing!

     

    CAST 

    Elizabeth Hope  

    Elijah Harris 

    Meg Lewis 

    Ethan Pascal Peters 

    Eleanor Rattenbury

     

    CREATIVE TEAM

    Conceptualised by Nell Bailey and Ellie Roser 

    Text Written and Devised by the Company 

    Director - Nell Bailey 

    Set & Costume Designer - Ellie Roser 

    Lighting Designer - Martha Godfrey 

    Sound Designer - Esther Kehinde Ajayi

    Movement Director - Maisie Newman

    Producer - Sarah Verghese 

    Technical Stage Manager and Associate Sound Designer - Emily Darley 

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    THE STORY

    This play was born in Edinburgh. We - that’s Nell Bailey (Director) and Ellie Roser (Designer) - were having a summer of football: the women’s euros, a group of queer friends who were always up for pints and a match, and a cast who were willing to silence their phones through tech so we didn’t miss the Wembley final. As we saw the joy that football brought the queer community flowing around us we started to conceptualise a show that celebrated that. 

    From this grew the seeds of PITCH. November Theatre has long been interested in how we grow community off stage as well as on, and PITCH became a portal for holding community in an active, non-theatre related way. We decided we wanted to make a show where the actors and team could train together whilst rehearsing, and could play with the wider queer (and non-queer) community to hear their stories.

    We found that people loved the idea. We met amazing creatives and incredibly generous teams who were willing to give us their time in London, Bristol, Liverpool, Nottingham and Glasgow. We spoke to people at the top of the WSL and women’s professional football, we spoke to journalists, we joined a team in London and we are still talking to people every week, every day. 

    What exists now is our show - a show we hope will shift and change as we continue to meet with people and the news continues to shift around football.

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    THE ASK

    Making theatre is incredibly difficult in the current economic climate, and November Theatre is committed to ensuring that everyone we work with gets a fair wage for their work on the project, which is especially important in light of the current cost of living crisis. 

    This is the premiere of this show, and as a group of emerging theatre-makers who are all part of the queer community, taking our work to the Edinburgh Fringe is a necessary and exciting step for developing our careers and the show. Edinburgh Fringe is a significant opportunity for emerging companies to connect with regional and international programmers to secure further life for their work. Combined with regional UK shows we will be well placed to find a future for PITCH and return the project to those whose voices feature in it. 

    Not only that, but every donation allows us to take the show to a wider audience, raising awareness of the key issues explored in the piece. We need to raise £7,000 to help cover:

    • paying our actors and creative team fairly
    • 3 weeks of rehearsal in London prior to the festival
    • accessible captioning for performances
    • November tour costs (accommodation, travel, venue costs etc.) including: 

    - London - Pleasance Theatre - November 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th

    - London - Hockey Marshes Sports Centre, date tbc

    - Bristol - Loco Club - November 17th and 18th 

     

    Truly every pound/dollar helps us get us closer to our goal.

    We also have a series of rewards for those of you who donate, so please take a look. Thank you for any help you can give.

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    OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

    Every little bit helps, but if you can't donate, you can definitely still help us out! Please make noise about our campaign and our show. Share it on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and bring it to the attention of all your friends. 

    You can follow us: @NovemberTheatre on Instagram and @Novtheatre on Twitter

    Tickets on sale for Edinburgh Fringe here

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    £1,535.00
    raised of £10,000.00 goal
    Funded
    19 Backers

    Pledge without reward:

    You can make a pledge to support PITCH - Edinburgh Fringe Premiere and UK Tour without a reward. The minimum donation is £1.00.
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    Player of the match

    For £25 you'll receive your own printable PITCH poster designed exclusively for our Greenlit supporters and a shout-out in our programme.

    £25.00
    Back of the net

    for £50 you'll receive any previous rewards and a PITCH badge set which includes 5 badges designed and handmade by our Set and Costume Designer exclusively for our Greenlit Supporters.

    £50.00
    Scoring a Hat Trick

    for £100 you'll receive all previous rewards and an invite to a special kickabout organised for the PITCH team in London

    £100.00
    World Champion

    For £1000 you'll receive all of the previous rewards plus 2 tickets to a PITCH show date of your choice.

    (5 remaining out of 5)
    £1,000.00