The story of the project
Whether it’s a fish falling from above in a flooding desert, a culture of lost stories and lost people, or a theatre company that is the heart of its community, it is through our legacies that we discover the best and worst of humanity and ourselves.
Legacy is the one of the major themes of When the Rain Stops Falling, our first production of 2016, and is one of our biggest considerations as a company this year.
THAT Production Company is an independent, Ipswich-based arts organisation, presenting and producing theatre in the region since 2011.
2016 marks our fourth year collaborating with the Ipswich Festival, and each year we commit ourselves to a meaningful theatrical experience – as well as an entertaining one, of course. You can read more about these projects below.
This year we are creating a production of Andrew Bovell’s When the Rain Stops Falling, an achingly beautiful story investigating morality and family, shared experience and inherited legacy, the strength of nature and the compassion of humanity. You can read more about the show here.
The team tackling this project include a digital artist, a composer, sound, lighting and costume designers, a choreographer, seven performers and eight crew members, all inspired by the words from the writer of Strictly Ballroom and Lantana.
As well as presenting When the Rain Stops Falling at Studio 188 as part of the Ipswich Festival, we will also bring it to Brisbane’s Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts.
By bringing the work to Brisbane, we will have the opportunity to showcase our work to leaders in the Brisbane arts industry, develop a new audience and promote the Ipswich creative industry within a new cultural context.
This is an important step in THAT Production Company’s journey to becoming a professional theatre company and we invite you to share it with us.
How the funds will be used
Props & costume
Transportation & proper storage
Working with an engineer and an architect we have designed a 7 metre revolve that will twist in different directions with the performers and set sitting on top. This ambitious set piece, and the designs around it, is our key theatrical transportation device, spinning through time and space, reality and dreaming, life and death.
We have received significant support to create this production, including a partnership with Apprenticeships Queensland, support from the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts and time and talent from a passionate team of volunteers, yet we require the funds for all design elements, production materials and transportation.
MARKETING & PROMOTION
Design, print & distribution of marketing collateral
The purpose of bringing the show to Brisbane is to reach new audiences. We can only do this with additional investment within the marketing of the project, and the promotion of our talented team. This $1400 will increase our presence within Brisbane, and provide us with a greater opportunity to provide high quality touch points for our new audience members.
We currently receive no operational funding or ongoing funding from any third parties. We work hard to ensure that our Box Office and Bar sales are enough to cover any outstanding production expenses, but without additional financial support we are unable to take our next step in terms of production value and audience development.
The company, which in the past twelve months has produced five shows, three creative developments, and ten free performance-based events, is run by two key members – an Artistic Director and Creative Producer. Any funds that aren’t raised through box office, grants, or philanthropy, come from directly from the pockets of these two members and their families.
This campaign is designed to assist in levitating the costs while we continue our plan for securing philanthropic support, deeper investments from our partners, and operational funding.
Based in Ipswich we are often faced with unique parameters on what we can apply for (often we are unable to apply for grants as we are classes as ‘regional’ by many metro-based opportunities and ‘metro’ by regionally-based ones.)
We also face an Ipswich ‘cringe factor’ as one of the biggest challenges to our reputation and the perceived distance between Ipswich and Brisbane sways potential audiences to invest in alternate cultural activities. We are dedicated to investing in a cultural tourism strategy that shifts that reputation and our production in Brisbane is a step within that plan.
Our promise to you is that we will dedicate all our available resources – people, time, assets – to making this production unforgettable, and the experience invaluable.