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The Glass Flower Society

Funded on Spacehive 21 June 2022 Delivered 24 July 2022

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The Glass Flower Society

The Glass Flower Society

Dende Collective By Dende Collective

A touching and magical spectacle about death inspired by Magic Realist stories by a community group of 60+. The participants will share their views and feelings about the theme.

St John's Wood Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 21 Jun 2022!

A group of elders 60+ will create and perform a theatre show inspired by two short stories by Murilo Rubião, the father of Brazilian Magic Realism. Both deal with death, loss and grief and will be the catalysts for the participants to share and discuss their views, experiences, and feelings, which will be juxtaposed to the stories in a touching and magical visual spectacle. The stories aren’t naturalistic which makes dealing with the subject much easier.

What we'll deliver:

  • 25 elders 60+ will socialise and have fun
  • 25 elders will benefit from socialize and build up a network
  • 25 elders will share their stories with the audience

Why it's a great idea:

We have been offering drama projects to the 60+ in this area in partnership with the Church Street Library since 2017. Our work is about empowering them by offering the best practice in terms of content and delivery whist generating well-being through what we believe are two of the most important tools against the adversities of the process of ageing: fun and socialisation. Death is ever so present to old people. However, it is not a topic most like to discuss. We have often stirred away from it over the 4 years we have been delivering drama projects to this group. Recently, the husband of our eldest member died and she felt the need to talk about it. Although, other members were empathic, there was a lack of willingness to listen. Death is still a taboo, and we often avoid talking about it. This project would give us the opportunity to tackle it and hopefully generate resilience and acceptance within the group.

Steps to get it done:

  • Recruitment
  • Weekly Sessions at Church Street Library
  • First week of Rehearsals
  • Second Week of Rehearsals
  • Get in at The Cockpit
  • Show 1
  • Show 2
  • Get out The Cockpit
  • Evaluation with Participants
  • Evaluation with Creative Team

Location St John's Wood

About the space

Custom Location


City of Westminster

How will the money be spent?Total £10,800

The Cockpit - Hire and Technical Support - £2,309 (21%)
Facilitator/Director - Intensive rehearsals - £2,250 (21%)
Community Space at the Library - £1,500 (14%)
Designer Fee - £1,000 (9%)
Stage Manager - £1,000 (9%)
Props & Set & Costumes - £800 (7%)
Documentation - Filming & Editing - £700 (6%)
Refreshments/ Meals - £310 (3%)
Flier & Poster Design - £200 (2%)
Flyer & Poster Printing - £113 (1%)
Other - £617 (6%)

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.

The Cockpit - Hire and Technical Support
Facilitator/Director - Intensive rehearsals
Community Space at the Library
Designer Fee
Stage Manager
Props & Set & Costumes
Documentation - Filming & Editing
Refreshments/ Meals
Flier & Poster Design
Flyer & Poster Printing
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Print Distribution
  • 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:

  • Weekly collective meals for the elders and team
  • 1 Professional Actor to work along the elders
  • 1 Professional Actor to work along the elders

Total £10,800

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