‘Hello dears, it’s Maggie here!
Over the last three years, I’ve been taking my hit show Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho up, down and even outside of the country. I’ve won plaudits, awards and the hearts and minds of millions (OK, thousands). And now I’m coming back to the Edinburgh Fringe with a brand new show: MARGARET THATCHER QUEEN OF GAME SHOWS!
It’s going to be a drag comedy cabaret light entertainment extravaganza! It’ll be like Blind Date, Big Break and the Generation Game all rolled into one, except better, because it’ll have ME in it. Think about it dears, we need a new king/queen of Saturday night because Brucie is not going to last forever.
Unfortunately, Edinburgh is an expensive place, and so I’m turning to you, the general public, to appeal for your money to help cover the start up costs of my show. Think of it as an entertainment tax (only not a tax because I don’t like them).
And if you donate now, you can win some of our fabulous rewards! A signed thank you card from me, a signed picture of me, or a signed script written by… you guessed it: Me! Or if you choose to donate a larger amount you could end up appearing in the game show itself - there’s everything to play for!
So donate today, and help me take my show to Edinburgh, it’ll be your way of repaying me for all the things I did to the country. Sorry, I mean for the country.
Thank you dears and goodnight!
Mother. Former Prime Minister. Superstar.
Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho began as a 15 minute sketch above a pub in Battersea in 2013. Created by Jon Brittain and Matt Tedford and produced by Aine Flanagan, it subsequently toured to Dublin, Edinburgh, Adelaide and around the UK, before returning to London for two sold out runs in the Leicester Square Theatre. It received several awards including an Argus Angel for Artistic Excellence at the Brightion Fringe and the Award for Best Male Performance at the Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival wards. It also recieved rave reviews!
'Glorious camp with political punch' ✮✮✮✮ The Times
'Sensational; sparky, subtle and utterly overblown, all at the same time.' ✮✮✮✮✮ What's On Stage
"Unashamedly theatrical, incredibly energetic and totally loveable" ✮✮✮✮✮ - British Theatre Guide
'Camp fun with a serious message.' ✮✮✮✮✮ Attitude
'Dame Edna has an unlikely rival' The Telegraph
"Definitely not for Thatcherites. Everyone else? Most definitely" - Mail on Sunday
'A highlight of the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival' Huffington Post
A message from the Creators
Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho probably shouldn’t have happened. We had no money, barely any track record, and the idea sounded ridiculous. But against the odds, a theatre gave us the oppurtunity to make exactly the show we wanted, a production company helped us take it to Edinburgh, and audience members up and down the country supported us, spread the word and turned out in such numbers that we could actually afford to do the show.
When we first started we were a profit share production. To begin with we split the very modest profit 5 ways with the actors, after that we started paying them a small day rate, when the show took off we were able to pay them properly and for the last couple of years everyone has been on a pretty decent wage. The only problem is we were able to do this because of the success of the show and because we had no more start up costs - the show had already been designed with lights , sound, set and props in place. Now, we’re making a sequel, but we don’t have any of these things.
Creating a show costs an awful lot of money. It may seem like there aren’t that many things to pay for but as soon as you start adding up designers fees, actors fees, the costs of building a set, transportation, publicity etc. you arrive at quite a large figure. Equally, even though we’ve had a lot of success with the show in Edinburgh, as soon as you start deducting those things from the box office gross, that number starts to get very, very small. Of course we are still enthusastic about making the show, we don’t want to leave Edinburgh this year in debt. We want to make a new Margaret thatcher show but we also want to make sure that we don’t put ourselves in financial trouble by doing so.
We want to make a show that is as funny as the original, but that tackles a differrent problem - welfare. We want to explore the issue, examine different attitudes towards it and ask the question: can you have true freedom without equality? And obviously, we’re going to explore the issue through the mediums of songs, dance, innuendo and parodies of 1990s game shows.
We’ve been overjoyed by the response of you, the fans of the original show, and we have massively appreciated your support as we’ve taken it from venue to venue. Now, we need to ask for your help. If only a small number of you are able to give us £10 each, we’ll be able to meet our start up costs and do the show without fear of going into the red in Edinburgh. This money is not going to be frittered away and nor are we going to slack off knowing that the show has been paid for. It’s going towards essential costs like paying actors and building a set that will make the show even funnier.
We urge you to donate and hope you will enjoy the prizes that are on offer for each donation made.
Thank you so much and we hope to see you at the show.
Jon Brittain (Writer/Director), Matt Tedford (Margaret Thatcher/co-writer) and Aine Flanagan (Producer)