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OVERVIEW

A brief overview of the Silk Rags Project production to gauge whether or not your theatre group can tackle it. 

THE PLAY:

The journey of four friends (women or men), relationships and a cancer diagnosis.  Both funny and reflective, this is a must-see/must-read discussion starter for cancer patients, their support people and the broader community. 

TYPE, GENRE AND LENGTH:

One Act.  Comedy/Satire. Approx 1 hour 15 mins for production (but allow extra time for community raffle/auctions/presentations). Previous fundraising events have included Canapes and Cocktails, Afternoon Tea inclusive in the ticket price). 

NUMBER OF CAST:

6 - 8

SCRIPTWRITER:

Briohne Sykes

COMPOSER:

Dee Handyside

PROPS:

Minimal.

MUSIC:

Backing tracks provided for cast to perform vocals over.  No orchestral parts or scores are available for this show. Alternatively local dance groups could perform to the original soundtrack with vocals (lessening the burden for theatre group cast to find singers).  It's up to you! 

SHOWKIT TO BE PURCHASED BY THEATRE GROUP:

Consists of:

  • Scripts and Lyrics

  • Backing Tracks provided on CD and digitally for rehearsal and performance

  • Original Soundtrack for vocals example

  • Performance Rights

  • Marketing Logos and wording for your posters, tickets and programmes

  • Tips for making the event successful

  • Box of Original Production scripts and CDs to be sold as souvenirs at performance - those unsold will be purchased back by us

  • Advice from us if required

50% of this showkit fee will be donated to the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.

PERFORMANCE EVENT:

The theatre company will rehearse, organise the event, market, sell tickets and perform, with profits being donated to the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF).  An agreement to this effect  will be signed by us, the theatre company and the Australian Cancer Research Foundation prior to the purchase of the showkit. 

DIRECTORIAL FREEDOM:

The Director will have freedom to be as creative as he/she wishes, with regards to the integration of the songs within the performance.  You can choose to:

1.  Have one or more singers performing between each scene and at the end (as suggested in the synopsis) OR

2.  Turn it into a full scale mini-musical with choreography.

3.  Have a local dance group perform to the orginal soundtrack - therefore lessening the burden on the theatre cast members. 

Directors can also choose to change the cast members from female to male, in order to represent a Prostate or Testicular Cancer diagnosis. 

DUTY OF CARE TO CAST, CREW AND AUDIENCE

Whilst undertaking this project, it may be that cast or crew experience mild upset - due to the subject matter.  Although this project is simple to organise - short length, minimal characters and props - our purpose is to make it challenging and educational.  We recommend that you encourage team members to share their feelings and experiences.  Similarly, at the end of a performance, a handout is given to audience members.  This has been developed in conjunction with Griffith University and the audience will now be better prepared to deal with a cancer diagnosis of a friend or family member.  

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