Taking Off the Bird Suit

    April 6

    Shall I tell you the secret
    and if I do, will you get me
    out of this bird suit?

    So goes Margaret Atwood’s chilling poem “Siren Song“, which inspired international woman of improv Christine Brooks to create and present an all-women improvised show at BATS Theatre. The show was a huge success – crowdfunded through PledgeMe, it shot past its modest goal and was hugely well-received by critics. Christine then took the show on the road, touring internationally and to various festivals and growing her crowd all the time. Now, she’s given her blessing to performer Jen O’Sullivan, who’s putting together a new cast for the NZ International Comedy Festival, and donating all profits directly to Wellington Women’s Refuge.

    Jen is pretty much PledgeMe royalty – she worked as our Chief People Wrangler for a long time, and was featured last year as one of our serial campaigners. We’re so excited to see what she and this group of brilliant women will create, so we got in touch to ask her some questions about the new campaign.

    How are you finding the campaign so far?

    Really positive! Projects that are both creative and altruistic feel really good, so this seems to be resonating with people. We’re a fifth of the way there which is so awesome, and we can’t wait to see who else jumps on board.

    What do you have planned for the rest of your campaign – anything for us to look forward to?

    Ooo! Well I reckon we’ll make a video soon, because it’s nice to say thank you in person not just in text. And maybe we’ll make a few voicemail messages to show people what they could get? And also just generally we’ll be delightedly looking up the pledges and hugging each other and letting Women’s Refuge know how it’s all going so they can get excited too 🙂

    Anything you want to shout out to your crowd?

    THANK YOU. It’s always a risk going to your crowd, even when you know they are awesome and want you to succeed. It is awesome to have your support and we can’t wait to give you this amazing show.

    To find out more and help Jen and her team take their bird suits off, check out their campaign right here.

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