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Essential Theatre began it’s creative journey in 1999.  We are a proud independent theatre company and excited to be standing strong in this rewarding yet challenging industry.


Our continued presence is not by chance though - in 2002 we created our program "Shakespeare in the Vines and we are very pleased it has grown from strength to strength.  This  yearly program has ensured the longevity of our ambitious and entrepreneurial theatre company.


We have a great sense of pride as we face 2017 celebrating 15 years of touring.  In this age of uncertainty in arts and arts funding, we have been able to not only stay alive, but continue to create opportunities for numerous Aussie artists, directors, and designers.  


So why Julius Caesar? And why all females?

Well, as female producers and artists we constantly face the gender gap - the fact that on average there is only one female role to every four male roles in the canon of Shakespeare’s works. So we thought - let’s flip it around.  What would happen if Julius Caesar was a female senator in a matriarchal society…thus the conversations began.


This production has had three successful seasons, Melbourne, Adelaide and Geelong.  It has been praised for it's "sharp dramatic blows" and "piercing succinctness".  


Now in our 15th year of producing Shakespeare the time is right for us to take this powerful show to the world's largest Fringe Festival, Edinburgh.  We have a fabulous performance space waiting for us.  We just need to get there now!




How The Funds Will Be Used

$20,000 will be divided into three major categories - 


Flights - 6 return flights to Edinburgh = $11,400

Accomodation - 2 weeks in Edinburgh = $4,550

Venue Hire - 2 weeks  at thespace@Niddry = $4,050



The Challenges

As a self funded company we don't have a spare 20k to fund this creative venture.  

We know this is going to take hard work BUT we are a dedicated bunch of fierce and fiery women committed to excellence.

With your help we can celebrate independent Australian theatre practitioners on the global stage!  

We have a great space secured off the Royal Mile in Edinburgh waiting for us - now we need you.

We have never run a campaign like this before, we were waiting for the right moment - and this is it - please press PLEDGE NOW

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AU$25 +Shout out of love & appreciationA social media shout out for your support
54 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is July 2017
AU$50 +Shout out & SelfieA social media shout out for your support and a selfie of the grateful cast
55 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is July 2017
AU$100 +An acknowledgement as an official supporterA shout out on social media for your awesomeness. You will also be acknowledged as an OFFICIAL sponsor in our 2017/18 touring programs
42 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is July 2017
AU$250 +A double pass to Shakespeare in the VinesA shout out on social media and two tickets to our 2018 production of Twelfth Night touring to Australian wineries. You will also be acknowledged as an OFFICIAL sponsor in our 2017/18 touring programs.
14 Chosen | 6 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2017
AU$500 +Your favourite Shakespearian monologue recordedA social media shout out and your favourite Shakespearian monologue performed and recorded, and emailed to you. You will also be acknowledged as a PREMIUM sponsor in our 2017/18 touring programs
4 Chosen | 6 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2017
AU$1000 +A full pg ad in 2018 tour brochure -reaches 10,000A social media shout out and a full page colour advertisement for your business in our 2018 touring program for Twelfth Night. We print and sell 10,000 of these annually. You will also be acknowledged as an PREMIUM sponsor in our 2017/18 touring programs
1 Chosen | 9 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2017
AU$3000 +A private performance of Julius CaesarA social media shout out and the cast of Julius Caesar will visit your home, and perform our 80 minute production for you and your guests - maximum 20 audience - VICTORIA ONLY. You will also be acknowledged as a MAJOR sponsor in our 2017/18 touring programs
0 Chosen | 2 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017