Save the So and So Arts Club

by The So & So Arts Club in W14, London, England, United Kingdom

£20,060

raised of £45,000 stretch target

238

supporters
45% 24 hours left
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 25th October 2020 at 3:19pm

Help to save a new arts venue & community hub: bringing affordable theatre, music, art, workshops & live entertainment to the North End Road

by The So & So Arts Club in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We will use the extra money to build a disabled toilet and ramp access, making us one of the only fringe venues to offer proper disabled access both to creative collaborators and audience. We want our venue to be a real community hub offering cultural opportunities and experience to as wide a community a possible in Hammersmith and Fulham and beyond.We would use extra funds to enable us to offer workshops and participatory classes and events alongside our professional theatre.We would love to commission work from disadvantaged groups which we would help to nurture and develop. It would enable us to subsidise access to workspace to those who cannot afford it.


                                    The So and So Arts Club

Over the past eight years we have provided opportunities for artists across the creative industries. We have offered affordable space and, with our own pop up theatre, given companies, young people and communities from all over the world the opportunity to share their work in London.                 

                                             WHO WE ARE 

The So & So Arts Club was founded eight years ago. Built on an ethos of encouragement, support and sharing, the club's aim was to help people to help themselves.

We began simply by holding rehearsed readings of new writing, gradually building a reputation as somewhere people could come to see exciting new work in a welcoming social environment.

We went on to run  four pop-up venues and produced a series of plays, rep seasons, workshops and  festivals featuring theatre, music, film and exhibitions. We have always managed to support ourselves through space hire, ticket and bar sales and - to date - have provided paid work for over a thousand artists. We've developed a model with low overheads that meant good value entertainment was available to a broad audience at an affordable price.

                                            WHAT HAPPENED

At the end of last year the club finally found a permanent home in a new venue on the bustling North End Road in West London. The future looked bright for So & So as we began an exciting new chapter. We were looking forward to building relationships with the local community and continuing to develop new work and opportunities when Covid 19 struck and we were ordered to close.

                                            WHY SUPPORT US?

Since the pandemic, many venues have been forced to close and the future of the arts is in jeopardy. Our venue is on the frontline of the grassroots movement to ensure that artists can have a safe space to generate work and give back to the community. 

The arts are an essential part of any healthy community, giving a voice to the disenfranchised, and hope and a sense of community which is more essential than ever now.

Like many theatres we have been dealt a body blow by the inability to reopen safely. We will lose our new home and will be unable to continue to develop and support new work if we can't raise funds. We know that many theatres are asking for support so why help us? Our remit is to support everyone who works in theatre, both on stage and off stage, to grow diverse talent, offer opportunities to disadvantaged groups and bring professionals and the community together.

The club is founded on an ethos of mutual support. And now - more than ever - we need yours. 

By helping to save this thriving arts and entertainment hub you will be an essential part of this community asset, and we can't wait to welcome you through the doors when we are finally able to re-open.

                               COME ALONG, JOIN IN, THE CLUB IS YOURS!

We are based in an old fabric shop on the North End Road in West Kensington forming part of the high street’s regeneration and reinvention.

As well as live entertainment, we are opening a pop-up shop and gallery, along with affordable rehearsal and performance space. We are excited to be able to showcase local talent and to support local artists as well as providing a place for people to meet and relax in the café.

 Your donation will help us to:

  • Pay essential overheads while the theatre is mothballed until we can re-open fully
  • Bring the building up to requisite fire safety standards and making our theatre accessible
  • Continue to develop and support new work  

                                 Please help us to make that happen


We ask project owners to honour their rewards wherever possible but please note that all pledges are donations and there is no guarantee that you will receive any rewards from the project owner. Please see our Terms of Use for more information regarding rewards for pledges.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£150 or more

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Individually designed upholstered theatre seat

Pledge £150 today and we'll reward you with one of our beautiful hand upholstered theatre seats with your name embroidered on it. Each seat is individually designed and unique, and the finished seat will be placed in our studio theatre.You can see how gorgeous they are on the picture at the front of our crowdfunder.

£5 or more

A virtual thank you

We will send you a heartfelt personal thank you via twitter or our facebook page. We are most grateful as every penny helps.

£10 or more

19 of 100 claimed

"I SAVED SO & SO!" 2-in-1 bottle opener/coaster

Never struggle to open a bottle again, and raise a glass to us every time you do with our unique two-in-one bottle opener and coaster with the club logo and "I saved So & So" printed on it. Includes p&p.

£10 or more

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Lucky dip theatre programme bundle

Pledge just £10 to receive a unique selection of ten theatre programmes. Each bundle will contain a range of programmes from theatres across the country and across the years, including the RSC, West End and regional theatre. You may even get a signed one!

£15 or more

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Lucky dip playscript bundle

Pledge just £15 and receive a "lucky dip" selection of three published plays. Each bundle will contain a completely unique mix of plays, playwrights and genres. Some first editions available!

£15 or more

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Signed copy of The Illustrated Olive Farm

A personally signed and dedicated copy of the coffee table version of The illustrated Olive Farm by Carol Drinkwater. Carol is a famous actress and author who has written a series of beautiful novels and books about her life in France . A wonderful present for you or a loved one.

£25 or more

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£25 Your name sewn on a silk patchwork square

Pledge £25 today and we'll reward you with a hand embroidered silk square name plate which will form part of a patchwork quilt of squares hanging on our theatre wall. It's prettier than a brick and provides a lasting thank you for your help which you can see every time you come and visit us.

£30 or more

2 of 30 claimed

A hand embroidered tote bag and a free drink

We'll embroider your tote with (Your Name) is a So and So and will give you a free drink the first time you come to the venue clutching your bag. We can't wait to see you there.

£30 or more

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A personalised video thank you from Lee Mead

A personalised video thank you from Lee mead.

£30 or more

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Personal video thank you from Reece Dinsdale

Reece Dinsdale the much loved actor famous for Home to Roost, Threads, Coronation Street, Waterloo Rd and now Emmerdale. He has started in numerous film tv and theatre shows and he is happy to send the first ten people who pledge a personal video thank you .

£30 or more

2 of 10 claimed

A personal video thank you from Cathy Shipton

Actress Cathy Shipton best known and much loved for her performance as Nurse Duffy in Casualty will send you a personalised video thank you for supporting the club.

£30 or more

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Personal video thanks from Paul Clayton

Paul Clayton best known as Sophie’s dad in Peep Show and for his role in Torchwood will send you a customised video thank you in character .

£30 or more

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Personal video thanks from a star of your choice

Would you like a personal video message form your favourite actor? You can chose from Lucy Benjamin, Louise Jameson, Rula Lenska, Hugh Quarshie and Ian Reddington who will dedicate a message just for you. Only 10 available from each star so please specify who you would like to hear from.

£35 or more

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Limited edition original print

Limited edition print of ink drawings of French scenes drawn by our Artistic Director and Founder, Sarah Berger. We'll send you a link and you can choose which one you would like and we'll send it to you as a thank you for your support.

£50 or more

2 of 10 claimed

video thanks from Kevin McNally and Phyllis Logan

The married stars of Pirates of the Caribbean and Downtown Abbey will send you a joint personal video thank you. Kevin McNally is perhaps best known as Mr Gibbs Johnny Depp's sidekick and is a star of tv film and theatre and Phyllis Logan Downton's Mrs Hughes and of course Lady Jane in Lovejoy has appeared in countless tv and theatre productions and we are thrilled that they are supporting our club.

£75 or more

invitation to one of our three Gala Nights

We will be holding three socially distanced Gala nights with entertainment provided by our members and a smattering of familiar faces. You will be met with a glass of champagne at the door and we will look forward to showing you around and thanking you in person for your support.

£80 or more

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Personal business presentation coaching session

Acclaimed business coach Simon De Cintra will offer you an hour long personal coaching session,

£100 or more

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Self tape sessions

Actors, this one is for you. Two private self tape sessions with our own Mr Self Tape which are worth £150, in his purpose built studio in our venue . . Bargain!

£300 or more

Life membership of the So and So Arts Club

Life membership gives any artist the opportunity to partake in any club led projects, to network and meet an extraordinary group of industry professionals and to hire space at the venue at a reduced rate. If you're not in the arts but are a dedicated fan of culture we will invite you along to all of our club events, offer you priority seating at all first nights and invitations to all social gatherings as a valued club audience member.

£30 or more

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Personal video thank you from a star.

Pledge £30 today and you'll receive a personal thank you video from one of our celebrity members : including Kevin McNally, Phyllis Logan,Lee Mead, Cathy Shipton, Rula Lenska, Hugh Quarshie, Ian Reddington, Reece Dinsdale, Louise Jameson, Michael Brandon, Glynis Barber and Lucy Benjamin. Let us know your choice and they will send you a personal message. There are just 10 available from each celebrity so book early to avoid disappointment.

£30 or more

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A personalised video thank you from Glynis Barber

Glynis Barber the beautiful actress perhaps most famous for Blakes Seven and Dempsey and Makepiece will send you a personalised video thank you for your donation.

£30 or more

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A personal video thank you from Michael Brandon

Michael Brandon who's long career encompasses film , tv and stage who you may know form Dempsey and Makepeace and more recently Episodes and Gallivant will send you a personal video thank you. Whats not to like ?

£40 or more

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A filmed rendition of your favourite poem

A personalised filmed recording of your favourite poem by award winning actress Abigail Mckern, a personal piece of theatre for you to keep.

£50 or more

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A video thank you from Dempsey and Makepeace

Remember the iconic series the two glamorous stars of Dempsey and Makepeace Michael Brandon and Glynis Barber will send you a joint video message of thanks for supporting the club, only 5 opportunities so get in quick!

£60 or more

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Zoom conversation with writer Robert Shearman

The award-winning playwright, author and Doctor Who screenwriter is all yours for 45 minutes! Ask for advice about writing across the media, or simply anecdotes about encounters with a Dalek - entirely your choice.

£100 or more

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Original cartoon by Clive Francis

The highly acclaimed actor, writer and artist Clive Francis has kindly donated two of his highly sought after original drawings which grace the National theatre and are unique theatrical memorabilia.

£200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Dinner for two at the Groucho club

A night out for two in the famous Groucho Club in Soho with drinks before hand with the Artistic director of the So and So Arts club Sarah Berger.

£300 or more

1 of 1 claimed

An limited edition Harry Potter production manual

A very rare piece of collectable Harry Potter memorabilia donated to us by a club member who appeared in the film. As the filming of the last film The Deathly Hallows Part 2 got underway, Warner Brothers wanted to mark the event by commissioning a limited edition (1000 copies only and never to be reprinted) book containing photographs and interviews with the key production and acting staff who had worked on all 8 films.

£500 or more

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Have a rehearsal room named after you

We would love to have your name on our rehearsal room door, so that everyone who comes to work there knows that you helped make that possible.

£5,000 or more

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Have our theatre named after you

We name the theatre after you, or someone you wish to commemorate. We would be proud to name our theatre after a patron who has made it possible for us to continue making live theatre. We will hold a special ceremony to honour you and your support to which you will be able to invite up to 30 of your friends to share a free drink of champagne as we get a celebrity to unveil the newly named theatre.


Let's make 'Save the So and So Arts Club' happen

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