In late 2016, Ten Ten was asked by CATSC (Catholic Association of Teachers in Schools and Colleges) and CISC (Catholic Independent Schools’ Conference) to develop a new piece of theatre which addressed the Prevent Strategy.
Ten Ten subsequently commissioned playwright Paul Jones to write a 40-minute play, “Civilised“, which was then staged as a work-in-progress at a national Headteacher’s Conference in Central London in January 2017.
“Civilised” was a very powerful piece of work which looked at far-right extremism and conflict with the Muslim community within a school setting in the North-West of England. It was very current and, indeed, proved to be very prescient given more recent events in the UK and abroad.
As a result of this staging, Ten Ten decided that:
- “Civilised” is a powerful and important piece of work that deserves to be seen more widely;
- The play has potential to be developed into a longer piece of theatre of 60+ minutes;
- For the production to be fully realised, it should be staged within a theatre setting and appropriately funded.
To help realise this vision, in September 2019 we launched a fundraising campaign to enable Ten Ten to undertake a Development Process, which would help lift the project to the next stage. The Development Process had three main aims:
- To generate interest from potential stakeholders (eg theatres, trust funds, Government and NGO’s);
- To inform the development of the play;
- To create capacity to write funding applications.
Funding received as at Monday 4 December 2017:
(one-off donations and regular monthly donations committed for the period Sep-Dec 2017)
Fundraising ceased on Monday 4 December 2017
Statement about the shortfall
We are very grateful to our friends and supporters for providing over 70% of the funding for this project. Although we did not achieve our targets, we will still put this funding towards the development of “Civilised”, with amendments to the original aims. We will put £2,025 towards creating capacity to write fundraising applications, and the remainder will be retained within The Ten Ten Charitable Trust to go towards another aspect of this project (yet to be decided) or towards a different project being funded by the Ten Ten Charitable Trust.