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Project information

Forest Forge Commissioning Fund

Forest Forge are passionate about new writing and commissioning writers to create work that is relevant to rural audiences.

The company hopes to use the Big Give to start an ongoing Commissioning Fund, which can fund the development of new commissions.

The project will begin in autumn/winter 2010 and will be an ongoing fund development campaign


  • Need


    A Forest Forge Commissioning Fund would ensure that rural audiences are not forgotten when new scripts are commissioned!

    Few smaller companies can afford to commission work for their audiences and we believe that this means theatre may potentially lose its relevance for rural and more isolated audiences.

    The Fund would create work that could be used in future throughout the theatre world and support playwrights by providing work and development opportunities.


    By creating an ongoing Commissioning Fund Forest Forge Theatre Company would ensure that the company had the necessary funds to develop new scripts.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Commission and produce one new play per year, that is relevant to rural audiences.


    » Writers to spend time in the New Forest and rural area prior to writing the script to make sure it is relevant.
    » Tour the new plays to rural and isolate venues including village halls and community centres
    » Provide Creative Learning packages alongside all new plays - including workshops in schools and centres and projects with hard to reach groups

    What success will look like

    Success will be... producing at least one play per year that is a new commission, from April 2012 onwards

    Aim 2

    Develop relationships with supporters so the commissioning can continue into the future


    » To bring the Commissioning Fund in line with the company's 30th anniversary year in 2011

    What success will look like

    A ring-fenced fund that is used only for funds to be put towards commissioning

  • Impact


    The project will ensure that relevant new writing is created for the South East. These plays will then be available for other companies to use.

    In the long term this will mean relevant theatre is available to those who live in rural isolation and have been identified as hard to reach


    Funding challenges in other areas may lead to difficulties in producing when the plays have been written. To counter this risk Forest Forge have implemented a robust Fundraising Strategy and have employed a new General Manager with a fundraising remit.


    Donors will be sent communications letting them know how commissions are developing. Identified donors will be invited to 30th anniversary celebrations, have opportunities to meet the writers and actors and will be invited to the previews of new commissions.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Commission Start of Commissioning Fund
  • Background


    Forest Forge is based in Ringwood in the New Forest. We tour throughout the New Forest, Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire.


    Forest Forge audiences will be the first beneficiaries of the project - they are a wide mix of rural audiences living in the region we serve.

    in the long term any rural audience and theatre company could benefit as new scripts will be in the public domain

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Forest Forge is the largest touring theatre company in our region and serving our area. We have a long history (30 years) and good relationships with our audiences.
    The Artistic Director (Kirstie Davis) has a wealth of experience of commissioning and working with writers to create relevant scripts..

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Kirstie Davis (Artistic Director)

    Kirstie will commission writers to create the new plays

    David Haworth - Associate Director

    David will work with Kirstie and the writers to ensure the plays are workable for the organisation and the audience

    Dom Phillips - Technical Manager

    Dom will take the plays on tour throughout the region, making sure they are performed to the highest standard in isolated - and difficult - venues

    Lucy Bailey - Creative Learning Director

    Lucy will manage and deliver the accompanying Creative learning programme running alongside the tours