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Project information

The Book Of Maverick

To celebrate our 20th anniversary, we want to collate memories and memorabilia from actors and audiences around the world and publish a high quality book in hard copy and as an ebook.

July 2013 - July 2014

Charity information: Maverick Theatre Company

Maverick Theatre Company logo
  • Need


    Archiving what has been a unique theatrical project in a way that will be completely accessible to all its participants.


    Modern technology will allow us to compile a complete record in the form of an online website, an ebook and a hard copy book of twenty years of Maverick Theatre activity.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To compline an accurate, informative and hopefully inspirational record of Mavericks work and ethic.


    » Extensive on and off line marketing appealing for recollections, articles and impressions, mainly in Birmingham and the Midlands
    » Compilation of the material
    » Setting, design and publishing of the material and website, on line and in hard form.

    What success will look like

    By presenting a book that includes contributions from a wide range of people touched by Maverick over the years.

    Aim 2

    To enable a sense of pride in the region and the work of a small, inclusive, 'fringe' company.


    » National press and pr campaign for the finished book, website and ebook.

    What success will look like

    There will be an official launch in Birmingham involving all the contributors and utilising some high profile VIP's.

  • Impact


    We hope it will prove that individual endeavour and creative success is not just the realm of well funded national companies. We also want to inspire Midlands based artists. Success will be a validation of the region and book sales.


    There could be a risk that the physical books may not be of a sufficient quality. We shall deal with this by insisting on galley proofs.


    Donors will be invited to the launch party and sent a signed copy of the finished product. They can also be added to our mailing list if they wish.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,500 Marketing Design and distribution of leaflets and flyers and pr in target areas
      £1,500 Fees For website coding and compilation of materials
      £500 Online fees Technical fees, eg, scanning and physical corrections
      £1,500 Editors fee Fee for part time proofing and compilation and rewriting of material.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Anonymous £1,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Communities where Maverick operated - Europe, the USA and the UK, but mainly the Midlands.


    Students of performing arts. But hopefully the poorer communities in Birmingham. 67% of our audiences at the Billesley pub had never seen a play before. When we finished in 2000, a local housewife started a petition to send to the Arts Council that attracted over 2000 physical signatures - pre Internet. We hope to thank them for their support and reward them by putting them in print. Plus other venues we visited overseas.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are unique in terms of attracting new audiences to theatre in the areas in which we worked and this heritage archive will, we hope, celebrate our working class roots and inspire others to get involved.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nick Hennegan

    Founder of Maverick and reluctant champion of the socially excluded! He was born and bought up on a council estate and will drive the project through.

Trailer for our 1997 hit P.A.L.S.

A remarkable company

The Birmingham Post