Hello there nice person!
Tessa Bide Productions is co-run by Tessa Bide and Alice Massey. Based in Bristol, UK, we create theatre with – and for – children which unites families, offering an engaging and stimulating theatrical experience for both adults and children. You might meet us in a traditional theatre setting or in the middle of a field. We aim to inspire communities who may not have access to theatre with topical stories, a bold physical language and a few puppets along the way. TBP put children at the heart of our work, from devising through to presentation. We encourage creativity, inclusive play and a sense of adventure.
It all started 10 years ago and, to date, we've made 8 Arts Council England-funded productions that have toured everywhere from school halls to The Royal Albert Hall, small Dorset villages to Goa, India. We've managed to stay self-sustaining nearly 100% of the time, using ACE funding and fees from the gigs we do.
Recently, we were unsuccessful in receiving funding for a large community-led engagement project, The Grand Women Project (read about it here). It would have celebrated and championed the voices of older women in South Bristol, using members of the community to unravel and tell their stories, in partnership with Tobacco Factory Theatres. We are obviously disappointed by this decision - we met all of the criteria and received very minor constructive feedback. However, we are unable to reapply because the timescales are too tight and the application process has all changed.
We are, instead, pivoting and pouring our energy into a project we feel is more reliable in today's precarious arts climate - we are applying for funding to research a new show, an accessible adaptation of The Detective Dog by Julia Donaldson. We want this show to be accessible for D/deaf audiences, and so are including dynamic captions and British Sign Language and working with Deaf creatives during its development.
We will not receive a funding decision until May so need to find a way to continue funding the company until then.
And this is where you come in. We are reaching out to our loyal fans and supporters to donate whatever they can to help us get through this difficult period. We've had a run of good luck over the last 10 years but it feels like that luck has run out and we're in dangerous waters.
If you can give anything to help us out at this time, we would really appreciate it. If you'd like to discuss giving us a larger donation, please drop us an email.