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A game Brett and I often play when we are driving somewhere in the car is a game we call 'questions'. It works this way: a person says, "your question" and then the other person must ask a question and the question must be answered. Questions can't be repeated in that journey. A new question must be asked of the other person. We have been playing this game for nearly 25 years.

One day, Brett's question was, "What is the next step for Intertwined since you are about 18 months out from beginning the production?" I knew I needed to begin to assemble my cast. But in order to do that, I needed to secure some funds so that I could tell them that I had some money to pay them. But then other questions arose in my mind. What if I couldn't pay my leads full equity rates? I had looked them up and realised that I really would need a grant to come through so I could pay them properly.

But what if I didn't get a grant? How would I pay people then? I wanted to apply to get a council subsidy for the hire of the theatre but again, what if I couldn't get that? I couldn't advertise that there would be a production if I couldn't guarantee those two things: enough money to hire the space and enough money to somehow pay actors. I didn't know much more than that and I knew we didn't have the personal funds to do either thing so I decided on a whim to create a Kickstarter campaign. A friend of mine had used one to create some crowdfunding - with benefits. I liked that the Kickstarter meant people were investing into the project and getting something promised in return for their support. We had been out for Indian on the Friday night, I came home with a full tummy and a hopeful heart and launched the campaign.

(Actual photo of our beautiful dinner at Masala Library by Sid - 10th March 2023)

Little did I know our world was about to be turned upside down in less than 48 hours time.

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