Return: Military Wives, a windswept beach, and the Odyssey

Return is a new theatre piece which explores the experience of modern day military wives, linking to Penelope's experiences in Homer's Odyssey, and using this ancient text as a way in to up to date stories of waiting, longing, loving, and returning (or not). We are making the work for Dunraven Bay in south Wales, creating a journey through the site that encompasses the geology, tide, and weather as part of the performance, and we're working with the local military community to give women living on St Athan military base a platform to share their stories and explore the gaps between myth and reality. The first part of our work took place in March, through Waleslab, and you can see a short film about it here.

We're planning another week of work onsite in October, and that's where we need your help. We are funding most of the work through an Arts Council Wales grant, but, we need to raise an additional £1000 to cover the cost of a Producer and a Participation Officer. These people are crucial members of the team, who will help us connect with the local community and facilitate our work with the local military wives at St Athan and Beachley Barracks, which is a really big part of this project. Sadly ACW can't 100% fund any project, so it's up to us to raise at least 25% of the total cost.

We've started an appeal on fundraising site Indiegogo, and we'd be over the moon if you'd like to contribute any amount. If we can get 100 people giving £10 then we've met our target, and we'll repay your generosity by sharing updates and providing opportunities to contribute creatively to the project as we develop it. If you don't feel you can contribute right now, we totally understand - many of you reading this are also artists struggling to raise funds for your own projects - but we'd really appreciate it if you'd share our campaign with your networks if that feels appropriate. You can find the campaign link here

Thanks so much for reading!

Alison

(on behalf of Bread & Goose)

www.breadandgoose.co.uk

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