The Harold Jolliffe One-Act Play Festival (HJ1act) winners for 2013 are through to the final of a national drama competition but they need funds to get there.
Swindon based Whole Hog Productions won the two top places at HJ1act, with their two entries, “Funny Ha-Ha”, and “Wet Work”.
“Funny Ha-Ha”, by Matthew Clift and Becky Cann, has now been selected for performance at the National Drama Festival Association’s All Winners’ Festival.
Whole Hog have been given some expenses to perform in Teignmouth but it’s not enough. They’re £200 short and it’s enough to mean they won’t be able to represent Swindon in this national competition.
Whilst delighted at being selected for the final, Matthew Clift says it would be devastating if a simple lack of money kept them from performing.
“After all the hard work of the past year (when ‘Funny Ha Ha!’ first previewed) not to be able to finish by performing at the NDFA All Winners Festival would be very disappointing and a real wasted opportunity to promote Swindon’s talent”, says Matthew.
Matthew adds that the play has a track record, worth showing off to the rest of the country.
“Funny Ha Ha! is a new play that looks at the lives of two circus clowns. Through comedy, both Dark and Light, they attempt to bring each other back from the ‘brink’ and try to learn to laugh again. It is a mixture of theatricality and clowning and has won 9 awards in various theatre festivals across Wiltshire and Oxfordshire.”
Whole Hog say they’re willing to work with sponsors who can help them raise the much needed £200. The troupe can offer programme adverts for companies in their forthcoming September and October productions to be staged in Swindon. The company is working with New College, Swindon so can potentially reach a wide audience of students.
“We can also offer free tickets to performances and even corporate entertainment!” says Matthew.
Any individual, group or business who would like to help Whole Hog is asked to contact him directly by email: email@example.com
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