Yes, yes, yes!
Our video is ready and this is where you can see it.
The idea was and to a large extent still is to use the video in an online fund-raising campaign. But things are not as simple as they seem. We will be giving you the lowdown on wishberry and crowd-funding application soon, but until then let’s tell you some things about our play:
Bachelor Auction… three guys, a girl and a lot of alcohol!
Frieda is an intelligent woman, which might actually be her biggest problem. She is also a blogger hired to write about the types and kinds of men, their plus and minus points, vital stats, tricks to get them into… well, you get the picture. So she is dating three perfectly eligible bachelors for work purposes. Or maybe she just can’t help herself. Or maybe there is more to the picture than meets the eye. The story is a humorous take on social stereotypes, gender politics and men and women. It is a look at men as objects of desire through the female gaze and not as the hyper-masculine role models conventional media makes them out to be.
Right now, OQ is looking for funding and sponsorship opportunities for the play. No amount is too small and no help will be turned away. Help us, help the arts and help yourself to some onstage delight!
To find out more, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9158797214
So what precisely is the formula to make a play a commercial success?
Sugar, spice and all things nice?
Nah, we tried that, it didn’t work. But for a while we felt really good about ourselves.
So, it is time to try some new things and do some old things in a new way.
The mood and mode is set and OQ is burning some serious amounts of midnight oil getting things in to gear for their new production: Bachelor Auction – and if you think you’ve guessed what this play is about, you’re probably right. But then again, maybe you’re not. However, guessing and kissing games aside, in addition to making interesting new work for the stage, this time, the focus is also on making the rent.
Step 1: Make a Video
Three really hot and hard-working men. One amazingly gorgeous girl. One talented cinematographer (hey, if horn-tooting doesn’t begin at home, what does?). Three days of shooting across the city (most of it legally). And two nights of editing.
The results of course will be online for all to see after a few days of tweaking and polishing.
As will Step 2 of this process…
Because theatre that pays for itself is no longer a pipe dream.
Art is a state of being. Like a vagina, you cannot get rid of it, unless you are up for highly invasive surgery. Thus the idea of asking an artist to withhold their art unless they are being paid for it is like asking the sky not to pour because the villagers aren’t grateful for the bounteous feast. That is to say, it is idiotic.
We can’t stop creating. We’d rather stop breathing. But we will stop breathing if we don’t get paid. And therein lies the catch.
So, how do you pay an artist?
It doesn’t always have to be in cold, hard cash. You can pay them in opportunities, space, materials, food, alcohol, smokes and a lot more if you think about it. The point is artists are going to use the money for these things any way. So cut out the middle step. And for those clever ones in the audience who are piping up to ask, “But doesn’t giving artists things instead of money take away their freedom to choose?”. Seriously bub? Choice is an illusion. Consumerism is an industry. You’re beating them at their own game and being innovatively generous to boot.
And in the same vein, accept art as payment. The ol’ notion of singing for one’s supper, as it were. If one can collaborate with artists, give them space in return for some workshops conducted or art pieces installed or simply buy them a drink when you their work makes you hapy . Think about it. If you sit with artists and talk about this, there’ll be dozens of mutually beneficial schemes we’ll come up with eventually – to make art sustainable and community-oriented. And what I’m saying of course, is nothing new. This is the way artists existed for centuries before the creation of the television-endorsed superstar. And this is the way thousands are working and thriving even today.
We all need art to survive. All you have to do is reach out your hand.
The Art of Asking