The Keepers

By Thread Theatre

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The Keepers

Project 2012-07-19 21:35:33 +1200

About the Show:

The Keepers is a fresh physical theatre work by Thread Theatre Company. Having one season already under it's belt in 2011, directed by Sally Stockwell, we're off to Wellington in September to perform a second 9 day season at BATS theatre. (With your help!) The Keepers was awarded the 'Best Absurd Physical Theatre Show of 2011' by Metro magazine, and is an unusual and compelling performance which uses live music, minimal set and physical storytelling.


The Keepers was described by critics as "Abstract, Eccentric, and Original", "..an ethereal, enigmatic play of dreams and feelings..It also received praise for it's soundtrack; -"Cowan's music is among the best theatre scores I've heard"-NZ Herald.


Inspired by writers Anais Nin and Marguerite Duras the play is set in a lighthouse, where a lonely lighthouse keeper is disturbed by the sudden and unexplained arrival of another woman to the island. Nina, the new arrival is sensual and playful, and shatters the carefully constructed routine and rituals Margaret has practiced during her time in isolation. Nevertheless, they become increasingly intrigued by each other's polarity.



Who is Thread Theatre?

We are four Women, who are passionate about devising new theatre that provokes, enthralls and entertains.

We are:

Veronica Brady: Actor

Julia Croft: Actor

Claire Cowan: Musician/Actor

Theresa Hanaray: Producer


New Zealand does not have a strong network for funding the arts, particularly new and edgy, 'non-mainstream' work, so we are appealing to those of you who love live performance, want to support women in the arts, and are keen to see fresh and exciting theatre being created and shared. 



What do we want to do?


We, and many others, believe that 'The Keepers' is a special show that deserves the opportunity to be redeveloped and shared again, after a wonderful first season in 2011.


We are taking The Keepers down to Wellington for a ten night season at BATS theatre, from 19-29th September, following a two week rehearsal and re-development period. We are on a shoestring budget and don't need much - we are resourceful kiwis after all! The funding we hope to raise through Pledgeme will be used for:


-Rehearsal space hireage $300

-Props hireage $300

-Travel expenses down to Wellington $400

-Minimal Rehearsal wages $2000


We are all committed to working on this full-time, which means no income! That's how much we believe in this show, so we hope you will too! Thanks so much in advance! 






Comments

Updates 12

We did it!

02/10/2012 at 8:37 AM

Hi!

We just wanted to say a final and HUGE thank you for your help in getting The Keepers to Wellington.
We really enjoyed our two weeks there!   We learned so much about the show and loved all the feedback and conversations it generated.  And we really couldn't have done it without you all.

We'll be getting in touch individually about getting your rewards to you asap, but in the mean time, please accept our immense gratitude for your humbling and inspiring generosity and support.

Lots of love
Julia, Veronica, Claire and Theresa


THANK YOU!

16/09/2012 at 9:56 AM

Dreams seldom materialize on their own. - Dian Fossey...And our dreams could NOT have materialised without the tremendous support from all our pledgers.  We are so humbled, overwhelmed by and very very grateful for the incredible generosity you have shown.Thank you xxx
You can gain more friends by being yourself than you can by putting up a front. You can gain more friends by building people up than you can by tearing them down. And you can gain more friends by taking a few minutes from each day to do something kind for someone, whether it be a friend or a complete stranger. What a difference one person can make! - Sasha Azevedo, Entertainer

Thank you lovely Pledgers!

09/09/2012 at 8:54 AM

Here's a sweet sweet thank you to all our incredible pledgers - I wish we could deliver one of these each to you in person! 


Go James!

06/09/2012 at 9:01 PM

Check this awesome online shout out for support!

http://www.theatrescenes.co.nz/help-crowdfund-the-keepers/

Day One of Rehearsals!

08/09/2012 at 11:58 AM

"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass."
- Anton Chekhov


Claire, Julia and Vee started rehearsals proper today, and have heaps of ideas on how to strengthen the show!  Very exciting to come back to the same rehearsal space that we began in last year 2011....and to meet the play again, with fresh eyes and new dreams!

Keepers Quotes

23/08/2012 at 9:03 PM

I shuddered to think how completely the insane were in the power of their keepers, and how one could weep and plead for release, and all of no avail, if the keepers were so minded.
- Nellie Bly



They become the keepers of the mystery. They place themselves between the communicants of the religion, and the immediate experience. And then they dictate the terms on which you can have contact with this wonderful mystery. We don't dictate those terms.
- Larry Harvey

THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL OUR OPEN-HEARTED PLEDGERS!

Things that go bump in the night...

20/08/2012 at 6:20 AM

Hi folks! The Pledge Me campaign is rocking along thanks to our AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL pledgers - we are so grateful!

We still have a long way to go....please help us spread the word!  Perfect dinner conversation starter, handy hint for your hairdresser, or status update - Help Thread Theatre!
And if you haven't already pledged, and have a spare fiver floating around, be a good sort and chuck it our way, puhlease!

Here's a little spooky bedtime reading for y'all...some of it gets eerily close to a storyline in The Keepers - but you'll have to come see it at BATS in September to find out why!

Heceta Head Lighthouse of Florence, Oregan is said to be haunted by the ghost of the "Gray Lady," who is perhaps the mother of an unknown baby whose grave has been found on the grounds. 

Also known as "Rue," the ghost is known for moving objects, opening and closing cupboard doors and other strange occurrences.

Heceta Head Lighthouse 

One workman claimed to have come face-to-face with Rue in the attic and fled in terror. Days later, while working on the exterior of the building, he accidentally broke one of the attic's windows, but refused to go up there to repair it. He instead repaired it from the outside, leaving the broken glass scattered across the attic floor. That night, workers heard scraping noises in the attic. When they checked it out the next morning, all of the broken glass had been swept into a neat pile.


Spooky!!

Stuck on The Keepers Part 2.....

18/08/2012 at 12:10 AM

Stuck in the mud

16/08/2012 at 9:01 PM

An unexpected start to our first workshops for the Welly season!  Help!!

To the Lighthouse

15/08/2012 at 2:13 AM

“What is the meaning of life? That was all - a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years, the great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one.” 

― Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse  

Keep up the good pledging!  We're 20% of the way there, thanks to all our supporters so far - you're our shining lights!

light house

The cutest little lighthouse...

13/08/2012 at 2:36 AM

Happy Monday!
Today's featured Lighthouse: modelled by Jordan of Eagle Mountain UT, USA, and made by his Mom Katie.

Anyone who comes in a costume this cool to our show will win a mystery prize....

Lighthouse of the Day!

12/08/2012 at 2:05 AM

Hi lovely peeps!

Here's a fact for you - The earliest world lighthouse was at Alexandria, Egypt.

And here is our feature lighthouse of the day:

Faros Tourlitis of Greece. It's unique being the ONLY lighthouse built on a rock in the sea, and is accessible only by boat and is unique. Stairs cut into its isolated rock lead to a tiny landing site, but the lighthouse has no keeper’s quarters. 
Cool ay!


And thank you so so much to all the wonderful people who have pedged so far.  We really appreciate it!!

Love from Vee, Julia, Claire and Theresa

    Pledgers 48

    Juliet Arnott
    2012-09-11 12:05:35 +1200
    Mathew Anstey
    2012-09-10 22:04:46 +1200
    Serene Lorimer
    2012-09-10 14:43:06 +1200
    geoff pinfield
    2012-09-09 21:48:57 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2012-09-09 21:43:23 +1200
    Jessie Moss
    2012-09-09 21:17:20 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2012-09-09 20:55:56 +1200
    Marion Prebble
    2012-09-09 12:02:09 +1200
    Abby McLeod
    2012-09-09 00:05:32 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2012-09-08 21:54:45 +1200
    Annabel Harrison
    2012-09-08 21:33:34 +1200
    Amy Mary
    2012-09-08 18:04:11 +1200
    Lani Feltham
    2012-09-08 16:41:33 +1200
    Kirsty MacDonald
    2012-09-08 13:03:24 +1200
    Donald McDonald
    2012-09-07 15:30:00 +1200
    Phil and Joan Brady
    2012-09-07 10:37:14 +1200
    Laura Lush
    2012-09-07 09:14:51 +1200
    Sam Foley
    2012-09-06 20:42:29 +1200
    adrienne
    2012-09-06 19:07:15 +1200
    Chantelle Brader
    2012-09-05 11:27:37 +1200
    James Wenley
    2012-09-04 14:47:09 +1200
    Lyne Pringle
    2012-09-03 16:27:17 +1200
    janet
    2012-09-01 17:12:25 +1200
    Catherine Goodwin
    2012-08-31 22:16:35 +1200
    Tom
    2012-08-29 23:34:48 +1200
    Ella Becroft
    2012-08-27 15:03:42 +1200
    Lyndon Burford
    2012-08-24 13:44:23 +1200
    Joyce Cowan
    2012-08-23 22:29:37 +1200
    Art in the Dark
    2012-08-23 09:30:31 +1200
    kiri schumacher
    2012-08-22 19:47:39 +1200

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    Followers of The Keepers

    The Keepers

    Project 2012-07-19 21:35:33 +1200

    About the Show:

    The Keepers is a fresh physical theatre work by Thread Theatre Company. Having one season already under it's belt in 2011, directed by Sally Stockwell, we're off to Wellington in September to perform a second 9 day season at BATS theatre. (With your help!) The Keepers was awarded the 'Best Absurd Physical Theatre Show of 2011' by Metro magazine, and is an unusual and compelling performance which uses live music, minimal set and physical storytelling.


    The Keepers was described by critics as "Abstract, Eccentric, and Original", "..an ethereal, enigmatic play of dreams and feelings..It also received praise for it's soundtrack; -"Cowan's music is among the best theatre scores I've heard"-NZ Herald.


    Inspired by writers Anais Nin and Marguerite Duras the play is set in a lighthouse, where a lonely lighthouse keeper is disturbed by the sudden and unexplained arrival of another woman to the island. Nina, the new arrival is sensual and playful, and shatters the carefully constructed routine and rituals Margaret has practiced during her time in isolation. Nevertheless, they become increasingly intrigued by each other's polarity.



    Who is Thread Theatre?

    We are four Women, who are passionate about devising new theatre that provokes, enthralls and entertains.

    We are:

    Veronica Brady: Actor

    Julia Croft: Actor

    Claire Cowan: Musician/Actor

    Theresa Hanaray: Producer


    New Zealand does not have a strong network for funding the arts, particularly new and edgy, 'non-mainstream' work, so we are appealing to those of you who love live performance, want to support women in the arts, and are keen to see fresh and exciting theatre being created and shared. 



    What do we want to do?


    We, and many others, believe that 'The Keepers' is a special show that deserves the opportunity to be redeveloped and shared again, after a wonderful first season in 2011.


    We are taking The Keepers down to Wellington for a ten night season at BATS theatre, from 19-29th September, following a two week rehearsal and re-development period. We are on a shoestring budget and don't need much - we are resourceful kiwis after all! The funding we hope to raise through Pledgeme will be used for:


    -Rehearsal space hireage $300

    -Props hireage $300

    -Travel expenses down to Wellington $400

    -Minimal Rehearsal wages $2000


    We are all committed to working on this full-time, which means no income! That's how much we believe in this show, so we hope you will too! Thanks so much in advance! 






    Comments

    We did it!

    02/10/2012 at 8:37 AM

    Hi!

    We just wanted to say a final and HUGE thank you for your help in getting The Keepers to Wellington.
    We really enjoyed our two weeks there!   We learned so much about the show and loved all the feedback and conversations it generated.  And we really couldn't have done it without you all.

    We'll be getting in touch individually about getting your rewards to you asap, but in the mean time, please accept our immense gratitude for your humbling and inspiring generosity and support.

    Lots of love
    Julia, Veronica, Claire and Theresa


    THANK YOU!

    16/09/2012 at 9:56 AM

    Dreams seldom materialize on their own. - Dian Fossey...And our dreams could NOT have materialised without the tremendous support from all our pledgers.  We are so humbled, overwhelmed by and very very grateful for the incredible generosity you have shown.Thank you xxx
    You can gain more friends by being yourself than you can by putting up a front. You can gain more friends by building people up than you can by tearing them down. And you can gain more friends by taking a few minutes from each day to do something kind for someone, whether it be a friend or a complete stranger. What a difference one person can make! - Sasha Azevedo, Entertainer

    Thank you lovely Pledgers!

    09/09/2012 at 8:54 AM

    Here's a sweet sweet thank you to all our incredible pledgers - I wish we could deliver one of these each to you in person! 


    Go James!

    06/09/2012 at 9:01 PM

    Check this awesome online shout out for support!

    http://www.theatrescenes.co.nz/help-crowdfund-the-keepers/

    Day One of Rehearsals!

    08/09/2012 at 11:58 AM

    "Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass."
    - Anton Chekhov


    Claire, Julia and Vee started rehearsals proper today, and have heaps of ideas on how to strengthen the show!  Very exciting to come back to the same rehearsal space that we began in last year 2011....and to meet the play again, with fresh eyes and new dreams!

    Keepers Quotes

    23/08/2012 at 9:03 PM

    I shuddered to think how completely the insane were in the power of their keepers, and how one could weep and plead for release, and all of no avail, if the keepers were so minded.
    - Nellie Bly



    They become the keepers of the mystery. They place themselves between the communicants of the religion, and the immediate experience. And then they dictate the terms on which you can have contact with this wonderful mystery. We don't dictate those terms.
    - Larry Harvey

    THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL OUR OPEN-HEARTED PLEDGERS!

    Things that go bump in the night...

    20/08/2012 at 6:20 AM

    Hi folks! The Pledge Me campaign is rocking along thanks to our AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL pledgers - we are so grateful!

    We still have a long way to go....please help us spread the word!  Perfect dinner conversation starter, handy hint for your hairdresser, or status update - Help Thread Theatre!
    And if you haven't already pledged, and have a spare fiver floating around, be a good sort and chuck it our way, puhlease!

    Here's a little spooky bedtime reading for y'all...some of it gets eerily close to a storyline in The Keepers - but you'll have to come see it at BATS in September to find out why!

    Heceta Head Lighthouse of Florence, Oregan is said to be haunted by the ghost of the "Gray Lady," who is perhaps the mother of an unknown baby whose grave has been found on the grounds. 

    Also known as "Rue," the ghost is known for moving objects, opening and closing cupboard doors and other strange occurrences.

    Heceta Head Lighthouse 

    One workman claimed to have come face-to-face with Rue in the attic and fled in terror. Days later, while working on the exterior of the building, he accidentally broke one of the attic's windows, but refused to go up there to repair it. He instead repaired it from the outside, leaving the broken glass scattered across the attic floor. That night, workers heard scraping noises in the attic. When they checked it out the next morning, all of the broken glass had been swept into a neat pile.


    Spooky!!

    Stuck on The Keepers Part 2.....

    18/08/2012 at 12:10 AM

    Stuck in the mud

    16/08/2012 at 9:01 PM

    An unexpected start to our first workshops for the Welly season!  Help!!

    To the Lighthouse

    15/08/2012 at 2:13 AM

    “What is the meaning of life? That was all - a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years, the great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one.” 

    ― Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse  

    Keep up the good pledging!  We're 20% of the way there, thanks to all our supporters so far - you're our shining lights!

    light house

    The cutest little lighthouse...

    13/08/2012 at 2:36 AM

    Happy Monday!
    Today's featured Lighthouse: modelled by Jordan of Eagle Mountain UT, USA, and made by his Mom Katie.

    Anyone who comes in a costume this cool to our show will win a mystery prize....

    Lighthouse of the Day!

    12/08/2012 at 2:05 AM

    Hi lovely peeps!

    Here's a fact for you - The earliest world lighthouse was at Alexandria, Egypt.

    And here is our feature lighthouse of the day:

    Faros Tourlitis of Greece. It's unique being the ONLY lighthouse built on a rock in the sea, and is accessible only by boat and is unique. Stairs cut into its isolated rock lead to a tiny landing site, but the lighthouse has no keeper’s quarters. 
    Cool ay!


    And thank you so so much to all the wonderful people who have pedged so far.  We really appreciate it!!

    Love from Vee, Julia, Claire and Theresa
      Juliet Arnott
      2012-09-11 12:05:35 +1200
      Mathew Anstey
      2012-09-10 22:04:46 +1200
      Serene Lorimer
      2012-09-10 14:43:06 +1200
      geoff pinfield
      2012-09-09 21:48:57 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2012-09-09 21:43:23 +1200
      Jessie Moss
      2012-09-09 21:17:20 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2012-09-09 20:55:56 +1200
      Marion Prebble
      2012-09-09 12:02:09 +1200
      Abby McLeod
      2012-09-09 00:05:32 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2012-09-08 21:54:45 +1200
      Annabel Harrison
      2012-09-08 21:33:34 +1200
      Amy Mary
      2012-09-08 18:04:11 +1200
      Lani Feltham
      2012-09-08 16:41:33 +1200
      Kirsty MacDonald
      2012-09-08 13:03:24 +1200
      Donald McDonald
      2012-09-07 15:30:00 +1200
      Phil and Joan Brady
      2012-09-07 10:37:14 +1200
      Laura Lush
      2012-09-07 09:14:51 +1200
      Sam Foley
      2012-09-06 20:42:29 +1200
      adrienne
      2012-09-06 19:07:15 +1200
      Chantelle Brader
      2012-09-05 11:27:37 +1200
      James Wenley
      2012-09-04 14:47:09 +1200
      Lyne Pringle
      2012-09-03 16:27:17 +1200
      janet
      2012-09-01 17:12:25 +1200
      Catherine Goodwin
      2012-08-31 22:16:35 +1200
      Tom
      2012-08-29 23:34:48 +1200
      Ella Becroft
      2012-08-27 15:03:42 +1200
      Lyndon Burford
      2012-08-24 13:44:23 +1200
      Joyce Cowan
      2012-08-23 22:29:37 +1200
      Art in the Dark
      2012-08-23 09:30:31 +1200
      kiri schumacher
      2012-08-22 19:47:39 +1200

      Followers of The Keepers

      This campaign was successful and got its funding on 11/09/2012 at 12:05 PM.