Crowd Funding: The Musical! Doris Productions apply fan-funding model to new musical theatre production.

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A farm in Hampshire is the unlikely birthplace for a new musical with an all star cast, and the blessing of Stephen Fry. Stars Julie Atherton, Richard Fleeshman, Russell Tovey and Anna-Jane Casey are already lined up to be driving through the muddy lanes of East Hampshire to voice characters on the album of the show.

"How Do You Fall In Love with Somebody You've Never Met" was conceived by leading West End actress Julie Atherton and her friends Marcos D'Cruze and Paul Clarke at their studio on Wallops Wood farm in Droxford, near Petersfield. The writers believe that it is the first show of its kind to be "crowd funded" - or supported by pledges from members of the public.

The stars will perform on the album which will be recorded at Wallops Wood Studios after Christmas - as long as the money can be raised to complete the project. The team are planning to release the album in April 2013, and to present the songs in a 'sing-through' with the cast members, to which people who have pledged a certain amount will be invited. Other innovative pledge 'rewards' include a chance to be at the studios during a recording session, and a lyric book signed by the cast.

"We wanted to take our philosophy of 'do-it-yourself' to next level and see if we could apply it to a West End Musical", said writer and composer Marcos D'Cruze. "Getting people to fund a musical sounded a bit far-fetched so we hatched the plan of getting there via a recorded album. This meant we could write the songs and the story - have the musical written - but provide supporters with something tangible for their pledge: a beautifully performed CD of the finished songs." 

"We're talking to theatres both locally and in London about setting up some preview shows, and we're very excited about that. Getting a run in the West End or Off Broadway would be the ultimate goal, but we're going to have to break a few more rules to do that!"

Julie adds, "The story idea is such a great one that we soon had a buzz going, so roping in Richard, Russell and Anna-Jane was a piece of cake. Having Stephen offer to record the voice-over for the pledge video was the icing on that cake".   

The pledge video can be seen at, where you can also follow a link to make your own pledge and be part of the creation of a new musical comedy.


About The Cast
Russell Tovey is an actor known for starring in the BBC's Being Human, sitcom Him & Her and the The History Boys.

Julie Atherton made her West End debut playing Sophie in MammaMia! She has also performed in shows such as Braniacs and Royal Variety Performance.

Richard Fleeshman is best known for playing Craig Harris in ITV's Coronation Street and made his stage debut as Warner Huntington III in the West End production of Legally Blonde.

Anna-Jane Casey made her West End debut at age 16 in Cats and has gone on to star in performances such as Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Grease, Starlight Express and West Side Story.

About Doris Productions
Doris Productions was founded in 2010 and is a boutique marketing and production entity specialising in live performances either on the stage or recorded in a studio. Doris productions are based at Wallops Wood Studios.

About Wallops Wood Studios
Wallops Wood Studios are a sound and video recording studio (and home to Doris Productions) located in Droxford, Hampshire, and opened in 2010. As well as serving as the composing suite for Marcos and Paul, the studio often welcomes other artists and musicians in to realise their own creative visions.

For further information please contact:
Alice Silk
01489 878315

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