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This Island's Mine

Ardent Theatre Company is presenting the first ever revival of Philip Osment's play since the original tour by Gay Sweatshop Theatre Company in 1988. This production introduces the play to a whole new young LGBT generation.

May 2019 - June 2019

Charity information: Ardent Theatre Company

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  • Need


    LGBT Theatre mostly polarises audiences by appealing to either Lesbian or Gay audiences separately. This production aims to bring both together in a joint shared experience. For young LGBT audiences it will provide an education of a time 30 years ago when rights and equality were very different; for older LGBT audiences it will act as a poignant reflection of living through the height of the AIDS crisis, Section 28 and media homophobia.


    This Island's Mine is performed by 3 women and 4 men playing 18 characters between them. It interweaves different stories that explore what it meant to be Lesbian & Gay during the 80s. There will be 23 performances, a captioned night for deaf and hard of hearing audiences, plus two Q&A events with the original and current cast and creative teams. Audiences will experience an uplifting, rousing, emotional and empowering night out at the theatre that directly speaks to and represents their lives.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Deliver a high quality theatre experience


    » Recruitment of an experienced creative team.
    » Casting process to secure best possible actors (3 F, 4 M)
    » 3 weeks of rehearsal led by Director Philip Wilson

    What success will look like

    The production receives positive feedback from audiences, reviews and social media comments.

    Aim 2

    Encourage intergenerational learning about LGBT history


    » Online interviews, articles and postings about LGBT life in the 80s
    » 2 Q&A events - one with the writer and creative team from the original 1988 production; one with the director and actors of this production.

    What success will look like

    Our audience reflects a mixed demographic in terms of age with feedback and online discussions reflecting the intergenerational learning that has taken place.

    Aim 3

    Facilitate Lesbian and Gay communities coming together


    » 23 performances of a play that has equal relevance to Lesbian and Gay audiences.
    » Wide ranging promotion to both Lesbian and Gay networks and groups.
    » Online interviews, articles and postings about LGBT life in the 80s from both a female and male perspective.

    What success will look like

    We achieve a minimum of 75% audience capacity and at least 500 people engaging online representing a balanced demographic in terms of gender and age.

  • Impact


    This production makes a unique contribution to British LGBT theatre because it appeals to Lesbian and Gay audiences equally, which is in sharp contrast to current trends. The script will be reprinted for the first time since 1989 providing a long lasting legacy. The production contributes to the ongoing work of LBGT charities in helping new generations understand the experiences of those who came before them and learning the lessons from previously won equality campaigns.


    The risk is that we don't have the funds to secure the best possible creative team and cast, meaning we have to make compromises that will undermine our ability to give the play the attention it deserves. There is a risk that we don't hit our ticket sales target. For this we have implemented a comprehensive Audience Development strategy to ensure LGBT audiences are made aware of the production.


    Reviews will be posted on social media with selected audience feedback. We will collate all feedback into an end of project report that will be made available to interested supporters.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Outreach 10 outreach visits/events/sessions
      £500 Captioning Providing 1 accessible performance for Deaf and hard or hearing audiences
      £1,000 Q&A 2 Q&A events with guests
      £4,500 Rehearsals Contribution to 3 week rehearsal costs
      £1,000 Tickets Discounted tickets for LGBT youth
  • Background


    Rehearsals take place at:
    Theatre Deli, Broadgate EC2M

    Performances take place at:
    The King's Head Theatre, Islington N1


    • King’s Head Theatre mailing list of 27,000 of which approximately 5,000 have a specific LGBT interest.
    • Islington LGBT community.
    • North London LGBT community.
    • Lesbian Women in London.
    • Gay Men in London.
    • LGBT BAME.
    • Young LGBT.
    • Deaf and Hard of Hearing LGBT.
    • LGBT organisations and social networks

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Ardent's Creative Directors Mark Sands and Andrew Muir have worked in theatre for over 25 years.

    Flowers of the Forest at
    Jermyn Street Theatre

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    ★★★★★ View from the Gods
    ★★★★ Exeunt Magazine
    ★★★★ The Stage

    Sacrifice at
    Soho Theatre

    ★★★★ "brilliantly performed by the entire group of actors" Hayley Sprout
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    ★★★★ Fairy Powered Productions
    ★★★ Broadway World
    ★★★ London Box Office

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    Philip Osment


    Philip Wilson


“I am delighted that the play is being staged for a whole new generation of audiences. One of the company’s producers saw the play in 1988. It is heartening to know that he was inspired by that experience to work tirelessly to make this revival happen some thirty years later.

Philip Osment Writer