I supported Almost Always Muddy to raise funds for building a portable venue for an immersive, improvised family theatre show, encouraging children to explore risk and creativity. The funds raised were matched by Arts Council England, doubling the money available for the creative team to work with.
The team built their portable venue – The Story Yard – featuring specially designed building materials and lots of gorgeous junk: fabric, wood, netting, buckets and more, letting them take a magical family show right into the hearts of communities who don’t have access to the arts. They have now completed their initial tour through Battersea Arts Centre’s Community Touring Network, with recent performances in the Wales Millennium Centre.
I don’t think we would have reached our Kickstarter goal without Jo being on the team. I was about to go it alone when someone suggested I contact her as she’s run successful campaigns and might have advice. She kindly sent me an incredibly helpful email listing all the things to set in place before I launched. I hadn’t thought of half of them. She was on the team! She totally got the tone of the campaign, her communication was playful and professional and she understood exactly what support we needed from her, delivering above and beyond throughout. I’m working out what other projects I can bring her on board with and am looking forward to working with her again.Hazel Anderson
For more about the show and Likely Story Theatre, check the Likely Story website