Project information

Divine Chaos of Starry Things

We are raising money for a production of Paul Mason's powerful new play about a group of women revolutionaries exiled to a remote island after the crushing of the Paris Commune in 1871.

February 2017 - May 2017

Charity information: Stepping Out Theatre

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  • Need


    In the face of political turmoil, and a world increasingly in the grip of repression and reactionary forces, what is the role of theatre?

    Paul Mason's electrifying political drama looks at the fate of the women Communards after the fall of the Paris commune in 1871 and offers, not an answer from history, but a question.

    How do you survive defeat? What happens to a generation that lives through the exhilaration of revolt when it is over?


    We have an opportunity to co produce this ambitious, gripping and powerful new play at the White Bear Theatre in London, but we need your help.

    We currently have no grants towards the production, and if we are to meet an ambitious schedule of performing in April, we need to raise our target of £12k to meet basic production costs.

    Can you help live theatre at the White Bear in London rise to the challenges of the times we live in?

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Raise £12,000 to cover the basic production costs of the show.


    » Appeal to everyone who cares about exciting, engaged, relevant theatre to help us raise the funds needed to produce this play.

    Stage 'Divine Chaos of Starry Things' at the White Bear Kennington for four weeks in April / May 2017.

  • Impact


    We will engage an audience eager for exciting, socially committed theatre. We will educate people through theatre about the human costs to those who resist oppression. We will inform a new generation about the lives of the working class women who changed history - and about the impact of racism in this little known, but still restless, bastion of the French colonial empire


    The risk is that we will not have the funds to properly pay all the artists involved if we do not cover the basic production costs.


    All donors will receive regular email updates on the progress of the production as we work towards starting rehearsals in early April.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £32,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Artists' Fees Director, Actors, Stage Manager etc.
      £7,400 Misc Production Costs Venue Hire for Rehearsals and Performances, tech, sound, light, marketing, insurance, contingency
      £3,000 Admin and Service User Costs Mental Health Service User Costs and Admin
      £1,600 Design Design, Set and Costume Budget
  • Background


    The White Bear Theatre is at the heart of Kennington near the tube station. It is a newly refurbished pub serving excellent food and a brand new state of the art studio theatre upstairs.


    The core membership of Stepping Out Theatre are long term mental health service users who access the healing power of theatre in their lives through involvement in our project.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Founded in 1997, and with 58 productions to our name, we are the country's leading mental health theatre company producing powerful and exciting new theatre dealing with mental health themes.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Paul Mason

    The playwright, and well known Guardian and BBC journalist.

    Michael Kingsbury

    Artistic Director of the White Bear Theatre

    Steve Hennessy

    CEO Stepping Out Theatre. Producer

Louise Michel, teacher, anarchist and pioneering feminist, pictured in prison in Versailles following the failed revolt of 1871.

Paul Mason