Hello, My name is Jane and I’ve been writing and performing my own one woman comedy shows for the last 3 years. In the past I’ve self funded all my projects with a full time office job (selling my soul), renting out my livingroom (selling my sanity) and selling my possessions (I had too many anyway)!
This year I’m attemping a bolder one woman multimedia comedy show in a bigger venue at Brighton Fringe at The Warren with Otherplace Productions for three dates. My show will be in the Theatre Box on Monday 7 May 8.30pm, Saturday 19 May and Sunday 20 May at 5.30pm.
Touching on raw themes of mental health, suicide and self help, ‘Last Night at the Circus’ is a gut wrenching yet hilarious one woman multimedia show exploring what it means to sabotage your own success set in a dystopian yet breathtaking Circus landscape.
My shows in the past have sold out venues and got 4/5 star reviews. I’ve even been nominated for fringe awards. I’ve put my heart and soul into my work.
One of the stories in the show is about how I had to leave my full time office job last year due to health issues and have moved back to my childhood home in Cumbria for a slower pace of life and to focus on my comedy writing.
I have to keep my health on balance as I have Bipolar 2 disorder and I still battle anxiety, depression and chronic fatigue on a regular basis so it makes it hard for me to work in a full time job again. I’ve been talking about this more publically in the last couple of years to help bust the stigma around it. I now support myself running comedy workshops which helps me tick over but this has not been enough to save money to fund my show at Brighton Fringe.
For the show, I’m working with local mental health organisations to highlight some key statistics on mental health, make sure I can provide the correct and relevant information to anyone who is dealing with mental health and to promote their services.
I’ve resorted to Kickstarted as I applied for full funding from an arts organisation and this sadly has just fallen through. Kickstarter is my last option and not one I’ve taken lightly as I know my friends and family already support me by buying tickets for my shows.
Anyone who knows me will know I work really hard on my shows and want them to be the best they can be. I want to make this show breathtaking, visually beautiful and bold so I can get important messages about mental health out in the open.
I’ve already used my own money to pay for registration fees, admin fees, a photoshoot with Andy Hollingworth who has done the amazing trapeze photographs with me for my posters/artwork and I used the artist known as Oske to design the poster and flyers.
Supporting me on this kickstarter project will mean I can do the following:
- Hire Ralf D’Arcy Higgins as my director to make the show the best it can be and support me
- Hire studio space to work in for a couple of days for rehearsals
- Pay for flyers/posters to be designed
- Pay for printing of flyers/posters and advertising
- Pay for animation and images for projection in the show
- Buy costume/props
- Pay for travel
- Organise time to talk to mental health charities
- And, maybe support myself with food to write the show!
Thank you for reading! Even the smallest donation will really help get this show on the road. Literally.
If you want to have a nosey around my website to see more about my work you can check out my website at www.jane-postlethwaite.com
You can also already buy tickets for Last Night at The Circus at https://www.brightonfringe.org/whats-on/last-night-at-the-circus-122378/