2021, what a year of highs and lows. Some truly incredible highs.
We had sold-out, rocket of a show 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. We are still processing the love and support that came our way and cannot thank Manchester enough for embracing our mad ideas.
We had a phenomenal run of Vignettes in June, as well as staging the stunning 'Meet Me at Dawn' by Zinnie Harris, which was live-streamed to hundreds of people around the UK.
Lows - these have been kept quieter.
It's a sad, but inevitable reality that artists want to be loud when things are going well, and quiet when things are going badly.
It's also a reality that the difficulties tend to be rooted in finance.
HER got to a place in 2019/20, where I will admit I believed Arts Council funding to be something I had cracked. I had a very successful track record and every project I worked on had funding. These were the good days! There were still problems, of course, but thankfully the problems were not financial.
This year, the demand for Arts Council Funding dramatically increased and - to be open and transparent, despite the shame I feel typing this, HER have had a string of rejections. A Midsummer Night's Dream was rejected twice, our upcoming production 'Vagina Cake' had a rejection, despite the Arts Council supporting its R&D and as of yesterday, the nail in the coffin, our upcoming Vignettes has also just been rejected. Vignettes has previously been funded by the Arts Council and surpassed all our engagement targets.
These rejections are incredibly hard to process and, I'll admit, the weight of the world feels on your shoulders.
We now face a new reality - a reality of seeking funding from other sources than the Arts Council for HER's upcoming immediate season.
We are looking for support, only from those who feel in a position to, and this will go toward our exciting upcoming season, primarily on wages to support the talented freelancers involved:
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Ways to Support
1) Simply share this post / our Crowdfunder.
We do not want financial support from any one who is not in a position to part ways with money. We understand the precarious life of the artist and only seek support from those who have a bit of disposable income to throw our way.
If you are not in a position to support, please consider sharing this with friends / family.
2) Donate via our Crowdfunder
Read more about our rewards and donate here: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/support-hers-upcoming-season
3) Request our Sponsorship Pack
If you run a business, or know someone who runs a business and is in a position to give a little more, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org requesting our Sponsorship Pack.
Sponsors will get a range of rewards and benefits including complementary tickets and branding visibility on all HER Productions materials & brochures.