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A Soldier's Woman - Westminster

Funded on Spacehive 9 January 2023 Delivered 8 July 2023

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A Soldier's Woman - Westminster

A Soldier's Woman - Westminster

Amazonia Music Theatre By Amazonia Music Theatre

An explosive community project exploring the lives of working-class Victorian women. A musical play about defying clichés, working with locals to embody the subversive performances from C19 music hall

St John's Wood Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 09 Jan 2023!

The play, written, directed and composed by award winning Jude Alderson, will be realised by professionals and people from the community. In tandem to the play, we will run workshops inspired by circus and music hall skills, mask and costume making and improvisations using C19th language. This will develop community relationships, confidence and teaching new skills and improve our understanding of the rich complex English language. Our two heroines, Flora and Maud, epitomise the spirit of these raw and savage times. Flora, a Soldier's Woman, following a battalion, heads for the Crimea. Runaway Maud witnesses Flora being violently attacked by her lover, Jack. Maud swoops in, and with blood on their hands the two women escape. Flora dresses in the soldier's coat of her ex-lover for disguise and protection. These two fugitives discover the world of music hall artists, cross-dressers, rogues and pick-pockets. Through the transformatory power of theatre, they find an inspiring family.

What we'll deliver:

  • A fabulous, thought-provoking and powerful piece of multimedia theatre.
  • An educative programme for community members, working with professionals.

Why it's a great idea:

The project will develop people's sense of the power and importance of live theatre. and increase their sense of understanding of history. The fascinating world of music hall, itinerant performers, hardships and adventure. Showcasing short but rich lives of the characters travelling from the Forest of Dean to London. The project brings the local community together, through imaginative productivity. We are encouraging and enabling people to tell their stories.

Steps to get it done:

  • Research on C19th London
  • Auditions and engaging members of the public
  • R&D Workshops
  • Rehearsals and discussion
  • Community workshops
  • Building the team
  • Sourcing costuming, props and set
  • Technical Rehearsals
  • Marketing
  • Performances

Amazonia creates and produces thought-provoking new works and collaborates with leading musicians, choreographers and performers. Amazonia offers popular, potent and topical theatre.


Location St John's Wood

About the space

The Cockpit Theatre


London Borough of Camden

How will the money be spent?Total £11,438

Writer, Director and Composer - £4,000 (35%)
Five Performers (and workshop leaders) - £2,500 (22%)
Theatre Hire - £772 (7%)
Rehearsal space hire - £581 (5%)
Musican / band fee - £500 (4%)
Advertising and promoting - £500 (4%)
Set Designer and Maker - £500 (4%)
Research Costs - £450 (4%)
Lighting and Projection Designer - £400 (4%)
Prop and Costume Hire - £250 (2%)
Other - £985 (9%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Writer, Director and Composer
Five Performers (and workshop leaders)
Theatre Hire
Rehearsal space hire
Musican / band fee
Advertising and promoting
Set Designer and Maker
Research Costs
Lighting and Projection Designer
Prop and Costume Hire
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Workshop materials
  • VAT
  • Transaction fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Contingency for the project to protect against price fluctuation

Total £11,438

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