My name is David Shopland, I'm an award winning theatremaker from the UK. I have written, directed and produced a 5 star, award nominated one woman show starring the phenomenally talented Shereen Roushbaiani called 'Saving Britney'; inspired by the #FreeBritney movement.
I first learned about the movement around 18 months ago thanks to BreatheHeavy, as there was little coverage in the UK at the time. I was instantly both fascinated and disgusted at the conservatorship situation and how Britney has been treated over the years. So much so, I was inspired to write 'Saving Britney' as a way of publicising the movement here in the UK through a theatrical production. The show itself focuses on a fan of Britney Spears (played by Roushbaiani, a real life Britney Spears superfan!) as she goes through her own life and explains how Britney's music had helped her through difficult times, as well as going into the controversies surrounding the conservatorship battle.
I wrote the play itself assisted by interviews and discussions I'd had online with #FreeBritney activists, as I was very passionate about ensuring the play did not come across as exploiting Britney or the situation, and we've been conscious of always using our platform and the show to promote the movement.
We recently completed a month-long run at one of London's biggest Off West End venues, the Old Red Lion Theatre, where we re-opened the venue after 425 days of Lockdown. We sold out the run, garnered multiple 4 and 5 star reviews and were nominated for 2 'Offie' awards, which is one of the biggest awards you can get in UK Theatre.
We are now planning a UK Tour in early 2022, with a view to hopefully bringing the production to Los Angeles for the Hollywood Fringe Festival in July 2022, depending on international travel restrictions by that point. I'm currently in the process of securing funding for the production, which is why I thought I would get in touch to see if anyone on here might be able point me in the right direction. I am applying for theatre funding from various bodies here in the UK, but I was wondering if anyone knew of any companies or organisations stateside that have been vocally supportive of the #FreeBritney movement that might be interested or able to invest in our production or offer sponsorship?
Our overall budget we're trying to raise would work out to around $15,000 in US dollars, which is actually relatively low for a UK Theatre tour, but we've managed to keep our overheads low in order to give us the best chance of raising all the money we need.
We're really passionate about spreading the #FreeBritney word out to all parts of the UK with this upcoming tour, and I would be incredibly grateful for any help or assistance anyone might be able to give with potential financing avenues we could explore.
For more information on the production, please check out: www.savingbritney.com
Many thanks in advance for all of your time.