Fringe Festival Support Livestream

by Jamie Firth in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 7th June 2018 we successfully raised £1,510 with 18 supporters in 14 days

To support anyone involved with advice, hints and support throughout the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018 with a daily live stream.

by Jamie Firth in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe can be very testing of pretty much everyone's mental health. There are so many pressures on people during this, the most month important of many act's year - knowing what to do, where to go or looking for shoulders to cry on is invaluable. And, for some, there is little support or advice: some people get left behind.

The pressures creatively, financially, logistically and emotionally across an entire month of performance are a mighty challenge. 

Well, in 2018, we want to make sure that’s not the case for anyone. 


Supported by the Mental Health Foundation, we will be presenting “FFS Livestream”, a daily morning chat show streamed to the internet aimed at offering support and advice to the huge community involved in the Fringe. With a cross section of guests from across different disciplines, levels of experience and with a variety of haircuts, we will discuss all the potential pitfalls of Edinburgh and help people to avoid them. Telling their war stories - letting everyone see the highs AND lows to try and help people realise that they are not alone. Helping everyone to see we’re all in it together and helping make sure that no-one gets left behind.

Bruce Springsteen used to have a saying: “Nobody wins unless everybody wins”. I don’t think that’s an unachievable goal in Edinburgh, so long as are constantly mindful that we are all comrades, and not competitors.

(There's a blog post with more information about why we want to do this here:

We have already spoken to some amazing people who have agreed to appear in whatever way they can (obviously everybody’s Edinburgh schedule is not yet set, so early days) – if they cannot be on LIVE then we will be recording some packages with them before the festival that we can use throughout. Jake Yapp! The amazing Johnny and the Baptists! Lovely lovely Bec Hill! Athena Kugblenu! Colin Hoult in one (or many) of his human forms. Tiernan Douieb! Thanyia Moore!  Alistair Williams! Les Enfants Terribles! The peerless Lyn Gardner offering a critic’s view. The wonderful silent comedy of The Kagools! Laura Lexx! Eshaan Akbar! Lauren Pattison! Joe Sutherland! Lorna Shaw! Potential for anarchic cookery from DIY Chef George Egg! Kirsty Newton! Jenan Younis!  Songs and sass from the irrepressible (we’ve tried, and we could not) Cat Loud! Mark Dean Quinn! Sooz Kempner! Sophie Duker! The incomparable Kat Bond. Natalie Cutler! Ross and Josh of the Not So Late Show.  Mighty-morphin’ Holly Morgan! James Rowland! Ali Brice! Olga Koch! Witt ‘n Camp! PR Advice from Chloe Nelkin! 

We need to raise an initial £12,000 to help pay towards the massive costs of developing this venture: people on the team are donating their time for free, but we need to pay for the equipment hire, production, accommodation, travel and insurance. And the tea and toast (sponsors welcome!).

Please give what you can to help us launch this new support network. And if you can't (hey, we get that!) then why not follow us on social media and share with people you think might like to!

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This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more

FFS Membership

Donate over £5 and we'll email you a membership card. We'll be emailing out lots of digital goodies for you as well FOREVER, sourced from our supporters!

£50 or more

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FFS Appearance

Donate over £50 to the cause and we'll make sure you appear somewhere in the FFS Livestream. Be it a live appearance or pre-recorded, we'll make it work. You'll feature if you want to: plug a show, say "hullo" or just wave and stare for 30 seconds: you'll get your shot.

£200 or more

FFS Producer

Donate over £200 and we'll put you in the credits as a producer, and send you all our production notes. Because this is a wholly unnecessary reward tier designed to encourage/tempt people to donate more than they were actually going to. It's called "anchoring", and a psychological trick. Do not fall for this kind of thing. But do, because we want to make this show happen.

£500 or more

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FFS Sponsor!

Donate over £500 and sponsor a segment for the duration! Every day we'll have regular features RIPE for corporate sponsorship: do you want YOUR BRAND to be all over the weather reports? Sponsor our NEWS segments? Feature during the Tea and Toast fireplace chats? You'll be splashed all over the stream every single day of the festival. We'll pop your logo on screen, talk you up, swallow our dignity and BLINDLY ENDORSE YOU FOR MONEY.

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