Some fears are rational. Some are buried deep since childhood. Some are downright strange.
Hello and welcome to our Kickstarter page. Thank you for visiting.
My name is Amy Gilmartin and I am directing a production called Globophobia at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013 for Urban Fox Theatre Company.
Globophobia is a play about fear, a collaborative project featuring a large ensemble cast and stories by two emerging playwrights, Dave Fargnoli and Lindsay Miller. The video above features Clare Ross, an actor who will feature in the production in August.Globophobia also features six other actors, Hazel DuBourdieu, Brian Houston, Craig Macdonald, Shona Mathison, Ashley McLean and Ross McNab. The company has also grown to include filmmaker and designer Kirsty Baxter.
I have always been fascinated by fear and consider it a vital part of being alive. Usually when I describe my fear to others I get a look normally reserved for people who wear tinfoil hats.But hear me out.
Balloons. Globophobia means fear of balloons. My particular fear is the popping of a balloon.
On the 11th of August 2012, around 10pm, I was sitting on one of the benches on Castle Terrace with an old friend. We had met to exchange Fringe stories, but all the pubs around there were busy and hot, so we ended up sitting opposite that car park. I was yammering on about theatre I have seen (the way I tend to do) and I found myself saying that there’s been lots of balloons popping on stage during the Fringe. I told my old friend that it made me nervous – she gave me the tinfoil look.
Later, when I was walking home, a balloon danced out of a party inside a Dalry pub, a drunk woman popped it with the heel of her shoe. The next day, as I walked up Frederick Street, a boy popped a balloon attached to a restaurant’s sign.
It was time to pop the balloon.
It was time to make the play.
I found two exciting playwrights to write multiple stories of fear. Dave Fargnoli, a member of Traverse Fifty, and Lindsay Miller, a former mentee of the Playwright Studio, took on the project. They are very different playwrights, who approach writing in very different ways, but their writing reflects and responds to each others. Lindsay finds the dark in the light and Dave finds the light in the dark. Since August, we have created characters, some who are deterred by fear, some who are motivated, some who refuse to acknowledge their fears and other whose fear is realised.
Globophobia is an ambitious project for Urban Fox Theatre Company. As emerging artists, it is tempting to play it safe, especially in this economic climate. But we wanted to ambitious, to tell a big story over the entire Fringe, in an inventive and intimate way. The Edinburgh Fringe is about taking risk, launching careers, making art, bringing your best work and then getting better. A perfect fit for Globophobia.
However, bringing a play to the Fringe is an expensive undertaking. The ultimate aim for this Kickstarter account is to raise some money to help with the upfront costs. £1,500 would go a long way in helping us cover these costs and we would love for you to be part of the project.
As you can see we have a variety of rewards to thank supporters for their pledges, starting at £5 and going all the way up to £1000. Any amount you are able and willing to pledge will be greatly appreciate, every pound will get us closer. One of the great things about Kickstarter is not only does it offer us a platform to raise money, but it also allows people to show their support. So, if you believe in us, our project, our idea, please show your support.
Globophobia will be on at 8.20pm, every day 1st – 25th August 2013, at Sweet Grassmarket (Venue 18), you can buy tickets here https://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/theatre/globophobia
Thank you for your time.We hope to see you in August.
“So, what’re you afraid of?”
Risks and challenges
They are many risks and challenges of producing a production in the Fringe, from finding the right printers for our flyers to sourcing props. But we are all very determined to make this production happen and share these stories with the Edinburgh Fringe audience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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