So many thanks to all who supported the campaign for Playing the Maids, the Llanarth Group, Gaitkrash and Theatre P’Yut forthcoming production, previewing at Cork Midsummer Festival 20th June 2014 and premiering in Wales in February 2015.
Support came in the form of encouraging emails and best wishes as well as donations – and against all odds and expectations, we met our target in one week instead of the usual three. The boost has been incredible – it is both exciting and humbling to have strangers as well as friends, colleagues and family support us this way. Thank you all.
Further delight came today with a small grant from The Peggy Ramsay Foundation to enable my writing and involvement in the project. This is particularly poignant, as I was co-winner of the Peggy Ramsay Award for my play Yard at The Bush Theatre, London, in 1998. That prize stopped being awarded shortly after, but it seems to me this current way of supporting writers is far- reaching, efficient, and not London-ccentric. My sincere thanks to the panel of the foundation who looked upon the project in such a warm and enthusiastic light.
I head off to Cork to work on the piece next week and this affirmation from a writing organisation as well as our future audience is wonderful. I wish others the same joy and success in applications and funding as I have had in this rare and terrific week.
Thank you all.
Details of the project and festival can be viewed here: http://www.corkmidsummer.com/programme/event/playing-the-maids
Playing the Maids trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THEUAluTiRo[