Fidel the musical: a musical by the people for the people

To fund workshops to develop Fidel the Musical at the Mayflower Theatre and perform show highlights

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This project received pledges on Sun 01 Nov 2015
3 years, 5 months ago

Dear Crowdfunders

Come and see the results of your donations. The musical ‘Fidel’ is being showcased for the first time At St Paul's Church, as part of Iris Theatre's 'workin proces's initiative in Covent Garden on 16th Nov 2017 with two performances at 2.30 pm and 7.00 pm. The show lasts 90 minutes with a brief 15 minute talk about Cuba before hand and a Q&A after. Tickets are £15/£10 with special rates for schools. Book now to avoid disappointment on https://iristheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873575004

Cheers

Denise : )

3 years, 11 months ago

Dear Crowdfunders,

We are finally ready to to formally invite all those who crowdfunded our musical to become a member of our new co-op ‘A Musical by the People’ Ltd which we set up to support our Fidel the musical project. The idea is that all those who helped make it happen are able to share in decisions and share in any success. Membership is free for those who have contributed (e.g. as songwriter, crowd-funder etc.). Details available on http://fidelthemusical.org/musical-by-the-people-co-op/#Membership

To join, please click on https://www.isurvey.soton.ac.uk/23457

We have also released our live version of 'Hasta La Victoria' which will be available to buy from online music stores for 99p from 5th June which we hope will also raise money and awareness so please buy yourself and spread the word.

Cheers

Denise : )

4 years ago

Dear Crowdfunders,

I am thrilled to report that Iris Theatre, Covent Garden have agreed to put on a production of 'Fidel' mid November 2017. It is a 200 seater in the heart of the West End and exactly right for the stage we are at. They are allowing us to have the venue for free and just take 30% of box office which is a fabulous deal. So, thank you, because without your pledges we would not have got this far.

We want to encourage school and college groups to come so are seeking feedback on whether weekday/Saturday  or matinee/ evenings are the best times for school block bookings - so ask around and let us know what you find out! Then we can confirm the dates.

Lastly, thanks to those who gave their views on the name of our new coop - the consensus was 'A Musical by the People'.  Soon we will get in touch to see who would like to join our new coop.

Denise

Denise

4 years, 6 months ago

Hello

We thought you might be interested to know how Fidel The Musical is coming along.

We recently had a wonderfully successful night showing a work-shopped version of the first part of our musical, performed by the Mayflower Youth Theatre and paid for by your generous donations. Click the following link to watch our promotional video from the event and hear some of the other songs https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCMHbvITJYibV4LG5Haj5_XRZB4WCOlfC

We are also running a third round of our free competition to write additional songs see www.fidelthemusical.org

That is just the beginning: we are encouraging schools/colleges to put on the musical as it is free of charge for the next year.  

Please feel free to share across your networks as we need to get wider engagement to source a good producer first and foremost and also performers, investors, theatres, schools, songwriters etc.

Don't forget to follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/fidelthemusical

All the best

Denise 

4 years, 10 months ago

Hi

Last year you contributed to my crowd-funding campaign to workshop Fidel the Musical with the Mayflower Youth Theatre. Well its all coming together and on Friday 15th July you will have the chance to see the very first public performance of an extract from the musical. We hope to cover the first hour of the musical to see how the dialogue, choreography and songs all work together. This is a developmental process so we are keen for a large audience to give us feedback to help us refine the musical. We want to get it all the way to the West End! It should be great fun so please come along. It starts at 7.30 at Bitterne Park 6th Form Theatre, 1 Copsewood Road, Southampton, SO18 1BU. Suggested on door donation £10 adults, £5 < 18s.

Thank you again for your donation and I really hope you can come along to see what we have achieved so far.  Uber have sponsored us and are offering a free taxi service (up to £15) using the code 'Fidelthemusical'.

Keep up to date with developments by liking us on Facebook www.facebook.com/fidelthemusical  or Twitter.com/fidelthemusical  

Denise : ) 







5 years, 5 months ago

Dear all,

Thanks for supporting Fidel the Musical. Just one day left to raise the money we need. Along with donations not listed on the crowdfunding you have helped to raise an amazing £2500 - but I hope to double that so we have enough for the first workshop. If not, we can still go ahead, but possibly not with a professional choreographer and musical director as hoped. Every little helps to maximize what we can achieve. You can pledge more than once, and also pass onto anyone else who may want to support the musical. If you run into any  problems, you can donate via the blue ‘donate now’ button on our website http://fidelthemusical.org  This doesn’t list the rewards, but if you email me I’ll make sure you get the reward you like.

Latest news is that BBC South have expressed interest in filming an X-factor type event to choose the final songs to be held at the Turner Sims in January. If you 'like' our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fidelthemusical or follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/fidelthemusical  you will be kept updated of events.

Hasta Luego and watch this space! 

 

5 years, 6 months ago

I've just realised, my 'thank you' emails haven't worked, so  a belated and heartfelt thanks to all those who have donated. With your help we have raised nearly £2000, this is almost halfway to what is needed for one workshop. I expect to get some publicity soon on BBC South and the Daily Echo which may help.  : ) Denise

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For just £1 you can be part of the project and receive regular updates on progress. Your contribution is valuable beyond its financial value as it shows support which will help reassure future investors.

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Be a JUDGE! You can help choose the songs that will be in our musical via an online rating platform. If the musical makes it big you can say ‘I helped to choose that song!’ We will need help judging the songs from November 2015 to January 2016.

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Be a JUDGE (as per £5 reward). And get a personal TWEET of thanks from the producer.

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POSTER: Be a judge (as per £5 reward) and receive a poster signed by the producer/scriptwriter. We have a selection of posters - please choose the one you think is best. This also helps us to get public input into the design of our marketing materials.The one that is most popular will be sent as an A2/A1 size, and your personal choice sent as A4/A3 as per your preference.

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T-SHIRT: Be a judge (as per £5 reward) and get a t-shirt from Rapanui, the ethical and sustainable clothing company.

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TICKET TO X-FACTOR TYPE EVENT: Be a judge (as per £5 reward) and get free entrance to a gala prize event at Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton. This is where we expect to choose and perform some of the key musical numbers. We expect to hold this as an X-factor style event with a professional panel of judges together with opportunities for the audience to rate the finalists themselves. Food and drink and networking opportunities provided. Expected date is 13th January with back-up date of 3rd Feb in case of delays.

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TICKET + POSTER: Be a judge (as per £5 reward), get a poster (as per £25 reward) plus ticket to gala event (as per £75 reward)

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TOY SOLDIERS (UNPAINTED): Be a judge (as per £5 reward) plus two unpainted lead toy soldiers one of Fidel Castro and one of Che Guevara 54mm. Bespoke design for this project.

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TOY SOLDIERS (PAINTED) Be a judge (as per £5 reward) plus two painted lead toy soldiers one of Fidel Castro and one of Che Guevara 54mm. Bespoke design for this project.

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TOY SOLDIERS X 10 Be a judge (as per £5 reward) plus a set of toy soldiers –a 10 piece set of the Cuban revolutionary including Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.

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TICKET TO SHOW: Be a judge (as per £5 reward), get a poster (as per £25 reward) plus ticket to showcase event in July. This will showcase the work of the Mayflower Musical Youth Theatre group who will put on some of the key musical numbers from Fidel the musical at a Southampton venue. The expected date would be the 2nd week in July.

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SPORTS MASSAGE OR SALSA LESSONS: Choose between Massage by Cuban Masseur (male) or Salsa lessons in Southampton or Salisbury. Choose between an hour long sports massage by a Cuban masseur either in your own home (if within an hour of Southampton or Salisbury) or at You Massage in Southampton, or Salsa lessons in Salisbury with extra 1-1 help from Cuban salsa instructor. Can collect reward anytime between Dec 2015 and Dec 2016. Plus you get a poster and opportunity to judge the songs

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CUBAN MEAL FOR TWO: Meal for two at a Cuban restaurant: choose from the Cuban in Camden, London; Bristol or Canterbury or Havana Cafe, Warwick

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SIGNED SCRIPT: Be a judge (as per £5 reward) and receive a copy of the script signed by the writer/producer.

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MIXED GOODIES: Choice of five other rewards (excluding glass).

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REVOLUTION GLASS: Glass (12cm high) etched with faces revolutionary commanders, including Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. This is not a fancy glass, not crystal or cut glass, but it is special because of the story behind it. The glass is donated to raise money by Tony Philips who was given this glass personally by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara as a thank you for delivering medicines to Havana shortly after the revolution. We've not seen any others like it, so we have no idea of its worth and thanks to Tony for donating it. If we don't get any buyers we will sell it to the highest bidder. Please email dab@soton.ac.uk with your bid if you would like the glass but are not able to pay £2500.

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