Failure Studies at The Edinburgh Fringe 2020

by Precarious Theatre in Manchester, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 24th March 2020 we successfully raised £1,000 with 35 supporters in 27 days

Society constantly reassures us that failure is a transitory stage on the road to success and happiness. Hang on, is this actually true?

by Precarious Theatre in Manchester, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Edinburgh Fringe is costly: in total, it's around £2000 for a week run. The breakdown of the costs will be:

£1000 for Fringe Registration Fee, venue hire, insurance - this is what we are trying to raise as a priority.

£1000 for the crew's stay in Edinburgh during the show run (5 people, 7 days) - this is what we are trying to raise as optional (otherwise we'll pay it ourselves).

In the office of the journal of 'Failure Studies' three characters explore their personal and professional failures. George, the lowly intern whose job is purely the amusement of his colleagues, desperately struggles to impress his boss and the editor of the journal, Marc. Intoxicated by the relative power of his position, Marc exerts his authority from his precarious position, seemingly oblivious to his own insignificance and the growing tension between himself and his coworkers. Finally, Babe, Marc’s assistant, whose subservience grows increasingly untenable, appears to be the only character facing up to the reality of the failing journal on failure. A rupture is inevitable but what happens after? Do those who are left learn from the failures? Do they "fail, fail again, fail better" as Samuel Beckett once wrote? Or, are they doomed to repeat these same failings? Do they fail, fail again, fail worse?

'Failure Studies' is driven by a desire to create challenging theatre which criticises and comments on our relentless and terrifying world. We aim to develop exciting and innovative work which asks audiences to examine and question society and how we live in it.

Failure Studies has been selected by PQA, one of the primary venues in Edinburgh, to be part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2020. That's basically our dream come true. But we do need some money to make it really happen! Edinburgh Fringe is costly: in total, it's around £2000 for a week run. So please donate and support Failure Studies: it will mean the world to us.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Signed script of the play. We will send a signed script of the play together with our thanks for making our dream come true. You never know: it might be worth something one day! Please note we will send this to the email you will have provided.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

A video of the performance from the Edinburgh Fringe. In case you miss it, you can watch the play and (hopefully proudly) see what you've contributed to create! Please note we are going to send you the video online to the email you will have provided. Sending a physical DVD is an option, although not our preferred one for environmental reasons.

£50 or more

£50 or more Reward

Signed e-script, video of the performance and your name in it. You have basically become our patron. We will publicly acknowledge you for having sponsored our project so generously as one of the kindest people on earth. We will read your name out loud at the end of the recorded performance, so it will be forever carved in history.

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