Kickstarter-Funded Performances to Watch at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe
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Way back in 2009 when Kickstarter was first launched, one of our first projects was a piece from Cynthia Hopkins trying to get to the Edinburgh Fringe. A decade later, hundreds of artists have raised more than $1.5 million from over 20,000 backers as part of their journey to this legendary performance festival.
This year over 50 Kickstarted productions will be headed to the Fringe, demonstrating the vital role that Kickstarter continues to play as a means of alternative funding for artists hoping to bring their shows to the festival.
Are you an artist in the festival? Be on the lookout for a program of events focused on health and wellbeing at Fringe Central as part of our partnership. I, along with our Comedy Outreach Lead, Taylor Moore, will also host office hours on August 6, 2019 from 11am to 3pm for any creators considering crowdfunding.
As we get ready to dive into the festival, here are a few of the Kickstarted pieces we’re looking forward to:
SWIM, a solo production by first-time Fringe performer Liz Richardson that explores her journey coping with grief, illness and isolation through wild swimming. Kickstarter helped SWIM premiere at HOME in Manchester earlier this year. 88 backers pledged £3,253 to help bring this project to life.
New theatre company Second Body will present STYX, a theatre- concert about myth, music and the neuroscience of memory loss, which aims to broaden the public conversation about Alzheimer’s Disease. STYX premiered at the Perth Fringe World Festival earlier this year, and is using Kickstarter to help bring the vital conversation about Alzheimer’s and dementia to a wider audience in Edinburgh. 95 backers pledged £8,219 to help bring this project to life.
Algorithms by actor and comedian Sadie Clark is a tragicomic one- woman play that follows Brooke, an algorithm writer for an online dating site, as she searches for love, happiness and connection in a world defined more and more by online interactions. As Sadie puts it, Brooke is a bisexual Bridget Jones for the online generation. 174 backers pledged £3,964 to help bring this project to life.
Down it Fresher! is an original comedy about student life by writer/director duo Lisa Emily Petersen and Mari Clementine Gruer. After getting dragged by new friends to a night club in Edinburgh, Frida the Fresher meets posh Matt. Social media interactions are displayed on a giant iPhone as cast members dance on the bar in this hilariously honest play about being a student and falling in love. 10 backers pledged £344 to help bring this project to life.
Dean Temple based his play Voice of Authority upon the remarkably true ordeal that Dean went through when he decided to ‘give up’ his dream of performing to work for his Uncle’s law firm – only to be sued by the US government claiming that he owed $19 million. 49 backers pledged $6,004 to help bring this project to life.
Theatre of NOTE, a non profit theatre company based in Hollywood, is presenting two plays at the Fringe this year as part of Kristen Vangsness: Fempire of productions. Cleo, Theo & Wu will be performed alongside Vangsness’ solo show, Mess. Both plays explore storytelling through the female gaze. 394 backers pledged $45,126 to help bring this project to life.
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