Kickstarting the Edinburgh Fringe pt.4

In the run up to this year’s Fringe Edinburgh49 is showcasing companies looking to crowdfund their shows using Kickstarter.

For many companies selling tickets at Edinburgh Fringe is something of a bonus. Their primary aim is to showcase their work to national and international venue managers for the sake of future bookings. They spend their time honing their work, getting it just right.

Edinburgh in August truly is the world’s greatest incubator of live theatre. Listen into my interviews with former undercover policeman James Bannon about his 2013 show Running With The Firm, or read my extended take on our partner site FringeReview to see what I mean.

The Improvised Improv Show

Last year Luc Valvona established a format in which anyone who wants to can perform, whether experienced improv veteran or enthusiastic newcomer. The Improvised Improv Show may or may not have an overall theme, and will be run by a host who will get the performers to play a selection of games or scenes based on audience suggestion.

Billed as the perfect improv networking event, this year The Show will be taking place at 2pm daily from 31 July to 24 August in the Aerie room of the Jeckyl and Hyde on Hanover Street.

Factor 9

In Factor 9 Rab and Bruce are both haemophiliacs, living with life-threatening diseases contracted through the prescription of contaminated blood products. Thousands of others across the world have not survived. Both these men, lovers of the great outdoors, have, with the support of their families and fellow haemophiliacs, battle with the medical and political establishments to give themselves and the many thousands of other victims a voice.

Dogstar Theatre, the team behind The Baroness, will be presenting their take on the tragedy before the Fringe, from 24 – 26 April at the Traverse and (naturally) Edinburgh49 will be reviewing. [Read that ‘Outstanding’ review here.]


Dana Etgar, Justina Kaminskaite, Sarah Kenney, and Katherine Vince created Unprescribed during their MA in Advanced Theatre Practice at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in 2013. To create Unprescribed, they began by exploring their own experiences of stress, anxiety, and societal expectations. The result is billed as both sinister and funny, sexy and absurd.

Unprescribed premièred at Chelsea Theatre, London, last August. Now they are looking to reach a larger audience. As an emerging theatre company, they are asking for contributions to help launch their show at the Fringe, and to establish themselves professionally.

Have a look at the other potential shows we’ve previewed: Kat Woods’ Belfast BoyFinn Anderson’s Alba; A Scottish MusicalThe Wrong Shoes Theatre Company’s The Anima Project; Apphia Campbell’s Black is the Color of My VoiceIan Harvey Stone’s The Devil Without; and The Red Oak Theatre Company’s Funny Girl.

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