BREAKS is a devised theatre show inspired by an incredible true story. A seemingly perfect wife, mother and daughter systematically poisons everyone around her. As the deaths at her dinner table mount up, she layers herself in thirteen corsets. We want to know why.
This is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary project created by a director, designer, dramaturge and performer. We plan to explore sensory and non-linear ways of storytelling, to expose the fundamentally gendered way in which we present stories, and the value we place on them.
Who we are:
Director Louisa Sanfey (Trifles, Foxfinder) and designer Naomi Faughnan (Daughters of the Revolution, A Lesson in When to Quit) recently collaborated on THE BELLS OF at Theatre Upstairs, which blog Unforgettable Lines described as ‘a beautifully constructed and directed piece of theatre that challenges the audience.’
For BREAKS we are working with dramaturge Emma Hughes and performer Erin Gilgen (Olympia, Gruesome Playground Injuries). We are all alumni of the Lir Academy and have been working together on this project since November 2015. In April we spent a week developing it at the Barbican Open Lab in London, and now we have the chance to premiere at Smock Alley Boys School in September – with your help!
Why we need your help:
We have already raised a significant proportion of the budget through partnerships giving us in-kind support including one week of development at the Barbican Guildhall Open Lab and rehearsal space at Fringe Lab. The money raised from crowdfunding will go towards costumes, props, lighting, and theatre magic. It will also cover photography, marketing and all the nitty gritty elements like insurance and rights that go into making a show. And it’ll cover the arsenic! (Maybe not the arsenic.)
The BREAKS team have been working on this project for many moons now and we have been overwhelmed with the trust and support people have shown us so far. Now it’s the final push to get BREAKS finished and premiere it in Dublin in September.
Crowdfunding is a partnership and we want you to become part of the Bez Kinte family. Previous funders contacted us to say “I loved getting my reward" - help fund the show and join the club! There's a lot of hard work ahead, but with your help we will get there!