Project information

Wee love Stories!

The Wee love Stories! campaign plans to invole our audiences by asking them to secure the future of the company they know and love and who they and their families have grown up with. We will ask them to pledge their support and tell us their 'wee story' - a fond memory of our work.

December 2010 - December 2011

Charity information: Wee Stories Theatre for Children

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  • Need

    Need

    The future of Wee Stories is under threat. After almost a decade of regular funding, it has been withdrawn. Unless alternative funding can be found, the company will be forced to cease trading. This will leave thousands of families around the UK without access to the high quality storytelling theatre they have come to know and love over the years from Wee Stories. There is a huge demand for the company's work from audiences and venues across the UK, who will all be affected by this loss

    Solution

    The Wee love Stories! campaign will raise much needed funds for the company to produce and tour a brand new high quality theatre production in autumn 2011

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To tour in autumn 2011 with an as yet untitled theatre production for children and their families.

    Activities

    » We will involve our audiences, asking them to invest in Wee Stories, to secure the company's future.
    » We will produce an educational and entertaining activity pack to accompany the production and run competitions to win tickets at various venues.

    Success will be...being able to tour a theatre production which our audiences have told us they want to see, as they have chosen to ensure that the show can go on!


  • Impact

    Impact

    The project will continue the life of Wee Stories as a company, while the challenge of finding funding is addressed, without ceasing to make work.

    Success will be demonstrated though increased audience numbers and through feedback received from schools and audiences about being involved.

    Risk

    There is a risk that project and touring costs could not be raised in time to tour in autumn 2011. We would deal with this by scaling down the size of the production, and limiting technical requirements. We are confident that there would be a demand for the production and that venues and would be keen to programme it.

    Reporting

    Funders will be consulted regularly throughout the project to update them on our plans and progress, with links to video blogs and interviews with the directors of the project. Funders will be able to access rehearsal footage as different ideas are explored and tried out.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £18,000 Admin Producer's salary; marketing; oveheads
      £12,000 Reheasals Directors/actors/stage management
      £20,000 Touring costs Wages/Accommodation/Transport/production and design

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    John Stalker £150 Guaranteed
    Judith Craig £150 Guaranteed
    Isobel Leckie £150 Conditional
    Caroline Loudon £150 Conditional
    John Robb £150 Conditional
    Lynn Henni £150 Conditional
    Moira Bayne £150 Conditional
    Jeanie Scott £150 Conditional
  • Background

    Location

    Wee Stories are based in Edinburgh but tour across Scotland and the UK regularly, to all sizes of venues. From schools, village halls and community centres to repertory theatres and some of the UK's largest and most renowned theatres, Wee Stories have been touring their productions to much acclaim for the past fifteen years.

    Beneficiaries

    Audiences across the UK would continue to experience Wee Stories' work together as a family. Children and adults of all ages enjoy and experience Wee Stories' productions together, with audiences consisting of not only immediate but extended families spanning generations, unaccompanied adults and older groups.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Wee Stories have established a reputation in the last 15 years for producing high quality storytelling theatre for audiences of all ages and generations, which is unrivalled by any other company in Scotland. The company's directors perform in all productions, which gives the company it's unique style and sets it apart from other companies making work for children in Scotland.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Sarah Gray

    Sarah has been the company's Producer for the last 3 years and has been successful in building audiences and partnerships with venues nationally.

    Andy Cannon

    Co-Director of Wee Stories. Andy's distinctive storytelling performance style has been entertaining audiences since the company began in 1995.

    Iain Johnstone

    Co-Director of Wee Stories. Iain's writing and directing skills have been the basis of the company's work in recent years, whilst also performing.