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Where's Norman!

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Where's Norman!

Where's Norman!

Leonard Theobalds By Leonard Theobalds

My idea is to write and produce a play about Norman Beaton who is considered to be the doyen of black British actors was the star of Desmond's but was so much more and has been almost forgotten.

Ilford Idea stage

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The things I want to get out of my project outside of re-introducing Norman Beaton and his achievements to the world is to try and get young people involved in the making of theatre. The "Shadow Project" which is having young people work with the crew and seeing what it takes to be a Stage Manager or Set Designer etc. I will work with 16-20 yr old volunteers with a view to working with them to put on a show in the future. I am also going to show my play at theatres associated with Beaton. Theatres like the Connaught (he was the 1st black MD) or the Everyman in Liverpool (the 1st play he wrote was performed here). My first stop is the Kenneth More Theatre in Ilford. Kenneth More the actor the theatre is named for and Beaton did a show together in 1973 and became friends. I am also trying to reach a new audience which is why I will have a signed performance for the hearing impaired and I will live stream performances for those who are physically unable to attend live shows.

What we'll deliver:

  • Workshops
  • Q&A
  • Play
  • Volunteer Project

Why it's a great idea:

I don't only want to take it to the regularly theatre going audience, I want to find new audiences to introduce him to. I would like to be able to show this to Disabled groups Schools community groups. Dementia sufferers Homebound individuals.

Steps to get it done:

  • Research and Development
  • Writing the play
  • Planning meetings with key creatives (Co-vid protocols, costs, etc)
  • Training volunteers
  • Workshops for schools in the Redbridge area
  • Rehearsals
  • Where's Norman Performances
  • Q & A
  • Feedback and evaluation of the project

Bring employment to Redbridge Working with young people. Reskilling people


Location Ilford

About the space

Custom Location


London Borough of Redbridge

How will the money be spent?Total £24,106

Actors x6 - £9,600 (40%)
Director - £4,000 (17%)
Lighting - £1,354 (6%)
Social Media - £1,000 (4%)
Rehearsal space hire - £968 (4%)
Rehearsal space hire - £968 (4%)
Workshop - £750 (3%)
Make-up - £750 (3%)
Stage Manager - £700 (3%)
Set Designer - £500 (2%)
Other - £3,516 (15%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

Actors x6
Social Media
Rehearsal space hire
Rehearsal space hire
Stage Manager
Set Designer
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Artwork
  • Filming
  • Wardrobe
  • Transaction Fees
  • Accountant
  • Costume x5
  • VAT
  • Costume x1


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:

  • Extra performances
  • Extra Workshops

Total £24,106

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