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Koh-i-noor - the diamond in your garden

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Koh-i-noor - the diamond in your garden

Koh-i-noor - the diamond in your garden

Gautam Chaandni By Gautam Chaandni

Ko-i-Noor Diamond is a written film script telling the story of a historical object now part of the Crown Jewels. Our intention is to take readings of the script directly to west London residents.

Hounslow Idea stage

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We have the script of a story meant for film that cannot be a film for some time because of covid. It is about the heritage of London's south Asian population. We want to perform that script in the form of readings, using ten actors, who will deliver the story directly to local residents in suitable gardens. We will use the gardens of sheltered housing schemes, public parks, and places were residents can observe from a safe distance as socially distanced actors perform for them. It will remind local south Asian residents of their heritage and history and what they as a community have contributed to London and the UK. It will be an itinerant joy for all concerned - actors and support team and their audience, as the story unfolds, heroes are made clear, villains are identified, and the moral of the story rings out! t will be a similar concept to Hounslow's 'Art in the Square'. It will be in the tradition of the travelling story tellers of old taking the news to a captivated audience.

What we'll deliver:

  • We will perform a minimum of five events
  • We will engage ten currently unemployed actors
  • We will attract publicity by local and regional media

Why it's a great idea:

It is a social history project coupled with arts and culture. It brings work to a neglected community - actors and artists. It will alleviate mental health problems caused by isolation due to the pandemic. It will provide a spectacle for residents who will not have to leave their homes - they can watch from their windows. It promotes a sense of social solidarity and pride.

Steps to get it done:

  • Recruitment of actors by end of March 2021
  • Rehearsals by 7th April
  • five gigs before 1st May 2021
  • Recruitment of technician by 1st April
  • Design and production of advertising flyer by 1st April
  • Permissions from Council to use their gardens by 1st March
  • Hire of a sound system and lighting by 1st April
  • Set up of Facebook group and Twitter feed by 1st March

Location Hounslow

About the space

Custom Location


London Borough of Hounslow

How will the money be spent?Total £10,641

Actors wages - £3,500 (33%)
Lighting and sound system - £2,000 (19%)
Technician - £1,500 (14%)
Director's fee - £1,000 (9%)
Publicity flyers - £600 (6%)
Refreshments for actors and crew - £600 (6%)
Transport costs - £400 (4%)
Printing of scripts - £120 (1%)
Other - £921 (9%)

Costs Breakdown

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Actors wages
Lighting and sound system
Director's fee
Publicity flyers
Refreshments for actors and crew
Transport costs
Printing of scripts
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £10,641

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