The creative team of the Love Letters to the Home Office Book, enlarged to include Emma (who rather brilliantly kickstarted this whole new chapter into action) have been given the opportunity to create a show (it's a theatre event, really) that we are creating from the Love Letters from the Home Office book, in advance of the election.
Creating this theatre event, now, gives us a very real opportunity to share the impact of the 2012 Family Migration Rules with a wider audience than the book has reached so far: a very politicised audience, whose own voices can make an impact on the decisions being made at a Governmental level about this issue, right now, so that no more women are giving birth on their own, and so that no more families are separated for no reason other than their income.
I am writing a script for the show which features at least something from every story (it might be only one sentence, or in a very few cases the whole thing) intersperesed with information about the 2012 Rules, and the effect they have.
We won't be making any money from it (currently we are still paying back those who leant money for the initial production of the book, so any royalties from book sales or any ticket income from this show go straight into that). The money to pay the four performers will be crowd-funded, and once we've made that, we will be crowd-funding the production costs and creative team fees. Finally, if we crowd-fund enough money, then we will be sending a copy of the book to every MP in the UK, and all the Members of the National Assembly for Wales and the Scottish Parliament. Wouldn't that be a brilliant thing to do?
We are looking at rehearsing a very simple version of the piece on the week of the 27th April, with doing two performances at the end of that week at Battersea Arts Centre in London.
The tickets for the show will be Pay-What-You-Can so you can book as many of them as you want for as little as £1 each.
I'll be in touch again to send you information about the Crowd-funding site (please know that there is absolutely no obligation to donate to this, you are welcome to do so or not to, as you please), and the booking page for the show.
We will endeavour to have a group Skype call for one of the Dress Rehearsals, so that those of you outside the UK, and not available to travel to London to come to the show, can attend it via Skype. The group Skype call was one of my personal favourite things about the launch.
With love, hope and solidarity,
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