Hi, I'm Adam Goodall. I used to be the Theatre Editor
for The Pantograph Punch, and I'm an award-nominated arts reporter
and award-winning theatremaker. In September, I'm moving to London
to join the Master of Arts programme in Dramaturgy and Writing for
Performance at Goldsmiths University of London. The programme only
accepts a handful of students each year, and it's a big deal for me
to be able to attend. But I need some help to get there.
THE COURSE AND THE MONEY
Goldsmiths University of London's Master of Arts in
Dramaturgy and Writing for Performance is an intensive one-year
course taught by Fiona Graham. If you don't know Graham, she's a
pioneering New Zealand dramaturge who literally wrote the book on
New Zealand dramaturgy (Performing Dramaturgy, Playmarket, 2017,
check it out, it's a great book). Part of the course is focussed on
the study of site-specific and immersive theatre - a particular
interest of mine - and it provides incredible opportunities to
learn from renowned UK theatremakers (An Oak Tree playwright Tim
Crouch is taking the second week of the course, for example) in an
absolute hotbed of independent theatre.
However, the programme costs £15,810 - approximately
NZ$30,000 on a good day. I've already raised a significant sum of
money towards that - I've contributed my own savings, friends and
family are helping out where they can, and the Adam Foundation has
very generously contributed $5,000 towards my course fees. But I
still have a chunk of money to raise before I can pay my fees at
enrolment in September.
The ultimate goal for this campaign is $15,000, the
amount I have to raise to cover my course costs. Luckily, some of
that work is already done. Manawatū ISP Inspire.Net has committed
to a $1,000 donation: they're the sponsor of Centrepoint Theatre's
Creative Pathways programmes, The Dark Room theatre space and the
Basement Company youth theatre company. I'm a Basement Company
alumni - '07 represent - so this means a bunch to me.
A very generous and wonderful donor, who wishes to
remain anonymous, has also committed to being a match donor up to
$7,500. That means that every dollar up to $7,500 (including
Inspire.Net's $1,000 donation) will be matched by this very good
But why me? Why back this lad's Boosted campaign?
I live for New Zealand theatre. I've been making
theatre in Wellington, both independently and as a founding member
of the New Zealand Fringe Award-winning theatre company Making
Friends Collective, since 2013. As a team, we've presented around
thirteen productions in Wellington and around New Zealand,
including the Wellington Theatre Award-nominated Wine Lips (written
by Sam Brooks and directed by Stella Reid), the New Zealand Fringe
Award-nominated Rageface (which I wrote and directed) and the New
Zealand Fringe Award-winning immersive production Proficiency
Independently, I was shortlisted for the ADAM New
Zealand Play Award, the country's most significant award for new
unstaged work, in 2017 for my script The Go-Between. My work's been
featured on RNZ (my Final Destination 3 love letter Extremely Loud
and Incredibly Gross) and on my accomplice's acclaimed Witching
From 2016 to 2018, I was the Wellington Theatre
Editor for The Pantograph Punch, spearheading the country's leading
theatre review coverage with Sam Brooks and then Kate Prior. Since
mid-2018, I've been the Pantograph Punch's sole Theatre Editor, on
top of working as a freelance critic and feature writer. At this
year's Voyager Media Awards, for example, I was nominated for the
Best Junior Feature Writer award, for a slate that included this piece about the defunct Pathways to Arts and
Cultural Employment programme - a piece that was called "A
masterpiece of long-form storytelling" by The Spinoff and that
kick-started a public conversation around the Government's plans to
support artists - and this piece about whether pro-am musical companies
should be paying their amateur casts and crews.
This course is a phenomenal step up for me, a chance
to develop my skills as a dramaturge and bring this learning back
to New Zealand. Dramaturges bring a powerful set of tools for
developing new voices and new work to the productions they work on,
and they're a well-established part of the behind-the-scenes
process in British, American, German and even Australian theatre.
However, dramaturges are still underappreciated and underutilised
in New Zealand theatre.
There are no specialist dramaturgy courses available
here and there are only a handful of working professional
dramaturges (shout out to Kate Prior, Dione Joseph and others for
their tireless and valuable work in this field). Dramaturges simply
aren't accessible to the vast majority of theatremakers in our
country, in part because there's hardly anyone around with that
Studying at Goldsmiths will mean that I can broaden
my horizons in London, practising dramaturgy at Goldsmiths
University of London and in the city's exciting independent
theatres, learning things I simply cannot learn in New Zealand. But
I can't make it there without your help.
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT MY
Check out my website at adamgoodall.online!
Four Days Down And We've Hit 67%, You Absolute Legends
1 WEEK AGO
Backers, friends, supporters in more ways than one,
I can't believe you've done this! Look at this! Look at you! Four days in and we've already hit 67% of the target, with over $7,600 donated. That means that we've topped out the $3,750 match donation, which is incredible - I did not expect to do that this fast. You're all absolute charmers and I can't believe your generosity.
I'd like to particularly thank Inspire Net for their support. James Watts, Karina Kagei and the team at Inspire Net have been very generous and patient supporters since I contacted them about my fundraising efforts. I could not have done this without them, and the added note of their support for Centrepoint Theatre's Basement Company, a company I was once a member of back in 2017, makes it especially sentimental for me.
Anyway, it's not over yet. We've still got 22 days and $3,641 to raise - and anything we raise over that can go towards the textbooks and play tickets I have to purchase in the coming months lol. Theatre is expensive in London ;_; Please boost this campaign on your social media and in person: let your friends, family and loved ones know about my efforts and share this page when you can! You've all been exceptional, but I can't do it without your help.
Heading to the Edinburgh Fringe this week, so next time you hear from me I'll probably be in the thick of the World's Largest Theatre Thing Ever. Chat then!