Project information

The Great Apes Project

We are producing a stage adaptation of Will Self's novel 'Great Apes.'

March 2018 - June 2018

Charity information: Stepping Out Theatre

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  • Need


    We want to educate and raise awareness about mental health issues.


    This exciting and entertaining new production will challenge prejudice and stereotypical thinking about mental health.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To educate and challenge stereotypical and prejudiced thinking about mental health.


    » We will mount a full stage production of 'Great Apes' which will be seen by hundreds of people at the Arcola Theatre.

    What success will look like

    By gathering feedback about how our audience are affected by watching the production.

    Aim 2

    To create opportunities for mental health service users to take part in a range of activities.


    » Drama workshops to learn new skills and increase confidence.
    » Social activities to combat isolation and build social and life skills.
    » Involvement in live drama to create a sense of achievement.

    What success will look like

    By evaluating how many service users take part in the activities run alongside this production.

  • Impact


    We hope to contribute to a wider discussion among our audiences and society more generally about mental health, educating and raising awareness about a difficult subject.


    There is a risk the production will have to be cancelled if we do not raise the necessary funds. If this happens, we have contingency plans to postpone the production until funding is in place.


    We will send out regular email updates to all donors and invite them along to see how the project is progressing.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,000 Venue Hire 3 weeks theatre hire @ £4000 / week
      £3,000 Drama Workshops Freelance worker x 3 months @ £1000 / month
      £1,000 Travel, Subsistence, Childcare Service users, artists and workers expenses
      £9,000 Artists' Fees Fees for Director, Actors, Designer etc.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Private Donations £25,000 Conditional
  • Background


    We will work with mental health service users mainly in Bristol, but also in London. The production will take place in London.


    Long term mental health service users with multiple needs.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the country's leading mental health theatre company.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Will Self

    Author of the original novel and supporter of the project.

    Patrick Marmion

    Writer of the adaptation.

    Steve Hennessy

    CEO of Stepping Out Theatre and main producer.