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We're taking our brand new show 'A Gym Thing' by Tom Vallen to the Edinburgh Festival. Raising Awareness on Body Image & Bigorexia
We're taking our brand new show 'A Gym Thing' by Tom Vallen to the Edinburgh Festival. Raising Awareness on Body Image & Bigorexia
52 backers pledged £3,026 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

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We're raising funds to take this exciting new piece of theatre to The Pleasance Theatre, one of the formost venues of the The Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

How your money will be used

We are asking for £3,000 to go towards an overall self funded budget of £10,000. Any donation you make will ensure the piece reaches it's full potential creatively, and primarily go towards our advertising and marketing budget, ensuring we spread awareness on the disorder as far and wide as possible.

Some primary example's of where your donation will be used and additional cost we face as a company;

  • Print advertising of 5000 flyers, 100 posters and an additional larger banner. These will be distributed throughout the City, to festival goers and particularly gyms, ensuring our play is seen by those who would benefit from it's message the most 
  • The theatre's online and print advertising fee 
  •  Facilitating our actors and creative team to get to and from the festival in Edinburgh
  • Theatre and festival registration fee's 
  • London rehearsal room hire 
  • Accommodation at over £3,500 for the run
  • Costumes and props 
  • Graphic Designer for Show Artwork and Print Advertising
  • Actors Fees

About the show and It's development

“After all if you’re in shape people notice you, and being ignored is the last thing you want to happen”

Driven by a daily quest for perfection, Will takes us on a fast paced, sweaty, physical exploration of how the gym has strengthened and weakened his relationships, his physique and ultimately his life. A complex love story from a gym addict’s point of view, set within a 60 minute workout, A Gym Thing tackles body image and bigorexia, leaving those who don't visit the gym with a greater understanding of ‘why we do what we do’.

In March 2017 we presented a staged a reading of A Gym Thing at the Pleasance Theatre in London, for which we received excellent feedback and food for thought to move forward with. We were especially pleased that the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation attended, and pledged their wholehearted support for the piece as an accurate representation of the disorder. 
"A Gym Thing educates as well as entertains, and is a much needed piece of theatre that should be shown widely." BDD Foundation. 

We have assembled an exceptional cast and creative team to ensure the show is as compelling, dynamic and effective as possible.

Why any donation big or small is so important

Body dysmorphic disorder affects men and women equally, quality of life is extremely poor and the suicide rates are amongst the highest in all of the mental disorders. Despite its seriousness and affecting 2% of the population there is little awareness of the disorder leaving the sufferers to suffer in silence and shame. Increased awareness is desperately needed, especially to young people and men, to identify behaviours and symptoms earlier in order prevent needless suffering.

Our play focusses accurately on Bigorexia (reverse anorexia) a form of Body Dysmorphic Disorder which effects 1 in 10 male gym goers in the UK. 

What will we do with any additional money we raise?

As you can see above there are a vast amount of costs involved with producing a show, so any money raised above the £3,000 will ensure we end in a financial position to be able to further tour the show to communities and gyms throughout the UK, spreading awareness further afield. 

Risks and challenges

We are well aware of the competition we'll face in Edinburgh to sell seats and get our message heard. That's why we swore to only produce the show if we knew the play would gain the coverage it deserves in the right venue. Being accepted at such an established venue as the Pleasance (who sell 1 in 4 of all tickets at the Fringe), has given ourselves the best chance to fulfil our outreach goals.

As with any show, gaining reviews and good reviews especially are crucial to a shows success to spread awareness. We're quality controlling our show with regular script workshops, staged readings, research and development days and have an exceptional cast. See Below.

TOM VALLEN - Writer / Will Shaw
@TomVallen Theatre credits include: Bash (Old Red Lion/ Trafalgar Studios) and various workshops and scratch nights. TV credits include: Episodes (BBC/ Showtime) Casualty (BBC) Doctors (BBC) and numerous short films.

TARRICK BENHAM - Ravi / Damon
@TarrickBenham Film & TV credits include - Guy Ritchie's TV adaptation of SNATCH (Sony Pictures), Mission Impossible:Rogue Nation (Paramount Pictures), Drifters (E4), Holby City (BBC), Doctors (BBC).
Theatre Credits Include - Demonstration (Southwark Playhouse), Dr.Blighty (Brighton Dome), Tanika Gupta's 'Mindwalking' (UK Tour), HEART by Zendeh Theatre (UK Tour), State of Grace (Northern Stage/Newcastle Playhouse), 7 Jewish Children (Brighton Festival).

BETHAN JAMES - Bec / Elsie
@ItsBethanJames Theatre credits include: A night of Small things (Small things Theatre / Old Red Lion) Bench Bites/ Bakerloo Bites (Jam Sponge Comedy / Leicester Sq Theatre), Lethal Injection (Fiveone Productions / Sean Turner), On a Spree (Lonesome Schoolboy / Tristan Bates)
TV credits include: Chloe Mabbs (Agatha Raisin / Sky 1) Bethan is an accomplished voiceover artist working extensively for clients including: Disney, Nickelodeon, Channel 4, 5STAR, E!, Tressemme, Capital Radio.
She is also a founder member of comedy group 'Jam Sponge

The show is also in the very safe hands of our Director / Co-Producer, Philip Scott-Wallace. The debut show from his company The Small Things Theatre was 'The Stolen Inches' which played to sellout crowds at the Edinburgh Festival in 2015, while their latest work No Place For a Woman opened to 4* and 5* reviews at Theatre503 in London in May 2017.

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    Warm Up

    Thankyou for seeing worth in our project. This will pay for hundreds of flyers to spread the word of the show on Edinburghs Royal Mile

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    Breaking a Sweat

    That's a really kind donation! £25.00 will give a much needed boost to our online and print advertising budget.

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    I've a Stitch

    Thank you for such a large donation. £50.00 houses one of our 6 company members for over two nights.

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    Hitting the Wall

    Wow. Thank you for such a incredibly kind donation. We'll be at our target in no time. £100.00 Gets each of our team travel to Edinburgh and back.

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    Exhausted but Feeling Great!

    We're blown away by the kindness of your support. This incredibly kind donation will go along way to ensuring as many people see A Gym Thing as possible, raising much needed awareness and offering support to those with Body Image concerns or Bigorexia.

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    • A Personal Thank You in The Program as a Key Supporter
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