by Underbelly in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 14th September 2020 we successfully raised £10,000 with 158 supporters in 42 days

UNDERBELLY ARE RAISING MONEY FOR OUR ARTISTS. Without artists there is no Fringe. Help us, to help them, return.

by Underbelly in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom



For the first time in twenty years Underbelly has had to close it's doors to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The purple cow is deflated, the Cowgate remains a carpark and our hubs and bars are silenced. Each year artists, performers, producers, technicians, stage managers, lighting, sound and set designers, to name but a few, spend months carefully cultivating exciting, innovative, ground-breaking and daring work that will be performed tirelessly for 25 days in a row. Often this gruelling month of blood sweat and tears, launches careers, shines light on new stars and shakes up the cultural world as we know it. For many the cancellation of the 2020 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the restrictions placed around live performance will pose serious challenges financially and creatively to those working in this field and  will no doubt force some to look elsewhere. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is a place for everyone and everything, it's important and necessary and it is vital we retain the artists that make it what it is.

220 Underbelly shows have been lost this year and countless numbers of artists and those working behind the scenes have been placed in dire financial situations, and that accounts for only a small percentage of the overall Fringe. Without their input into the creative world the cultural landscape for the future will change forever.

We would love to support and help everyone but what we feel we should do at this time is to support those artists that were due to perform at the Underbelly this year. So we are asking you to help us support these artists to get through this most difficult of all times and more importantly keep them working in an industry that needs and values them. Without them there is no Underbelly, there is no Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 



DONATE! No matter how big or small, 100% of all donations received will go towards Underbelly artists that were due to perform this year. If you've ever visited the Underbelly and enjoyed the incredible array of shows on offer then these artists desperately need your help to ensure this can continue. By donating the cost of a ticket, £12, you can help artists bridge the loss of actual ticket sales they would have hoped to receive this year. If you can stretch further and donate more we have lots of moo-vellous and exciting rewards on offer, so scroll through and pick the one that grabs your eye. Anything and everything is gratefully received.



Underbelly is a live entertainment company that began its life at the Edinburgh Fringe in the year 2000. Opening its door with just three shows, it is now one of the biggest venues on the Fringe, presenting and supporting over 200 shows each year. In 2009 the Underbelly Festival in London was born, one of London's first pop up theatre spaces and bringing a taste of Edinburgh to the capital for six months of every year. When COVID-19 hit and the gates came down, we had programmed over 300 shows into both our London festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. After countless conversations with artists we are only too aware of the worry and anxiety that this situation has placed upon a whole community and the support they now need in order to survive.



Edinburgh is where it all started, in a dingy cave, twenty years ago. It's our life blood, our spiritual home, a place where genuinely anything can happen and incredible memories have been made. To not be there this year is heart-breakingly devastating but it is also a time for reflection and understanding that for this year, we must step back and put the safety of others first. Our deepest sympathies go out to all of those have been affected by Covid 19 and our most heartfelt thank moo's to those on the frontline who have been working tirelessly to keep our country moving. 

Thank you for your support. We will see you next year.

The Underbelly Team.

Video credits: High Tide Productions and Elijah Grant

For reward terms and conditions, please visit www.underbellyedinburgh.co.uk/pages/terms-conditions-crowdfunder-support-our-artists-2020


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

£750 or more

1 of 1 claimed

All Inclusive Trip of a Lifetime to the Fringe

The trip for two will include an Edinburgh Fringe experience like no other. Enjoy a two night stay at Apex Grassmarket Hotel in central Edinburgh, Underbelly will curate a list of 10 shows for you to see based on your preferences, give you exclusive access to the private Abattoir bar plus dinner in the restaurant on top of this you’ll be greeted with champagne on your arrival. Bliss!

£12 or more

Donate the Cost of a Ticket

Help artists bridge the loss of actual ticket sales they would have hoped to receive this year.

£20 or more

Your Name in our Programme

If you can stretch to a £20 donation will we gratefully thank you in our 2021 Edinburgh Fringe Programme, on a page dedicated to all of those who helped make 2021 possible.

£20 or more

37 of 50 claimed

Tickets to the Underbelly Opening Gala

Join us in kicking off the festival at our exclusive press launch, taking place for the first time ever in the magnificent McEwan Hall. Usually attended by invitation only, join us and get a sneak preview at the hottest new shows on the Fringe.

£60 or more

4 of 5 claimed

Danny MacAskill and Duncan Shaw Signed T-Shirt

Get your hands on these exclusively signed Drop and Roll long sleeved t-shirts. Signed by the stars of the show - Danny MacAskill and Duncan Shaw.

£300 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Clarke Peters, Signed Poster of 5 Guys Named Moe

2010. McEwan Hall. The biggest production Underbelly has ever put on at the Fringe, Five Guys Named Moe, featuring Clarke Peters (also seen in The Wire). Clarke will sign an original poster of the show for you AND you’ll receive a surprise piece of memorabilia that Clarke has kept from the show.

£400 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Cocktail Party in Abattoir

Host your own cocktail party in the Abattoir. Ed and Charlie (Underbelly Directors) are your mixologists for the night. (For up to 10 people).

£400 or more

0 of 1 claimed

SIX - Signed Songbook and Goodie Bag

Writer Toby Marlow and Writer/Director Lucy Moss will sign a copy of the SIX songbook AND send you a one-off-a-kind goodie bag, featuring a selection of SIX merchandise including Broadway exclusive items.

£1,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Free Tickets to any Underbelly Show

Free tickets to any Underbelly show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the next two years. T's and C's apply.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Smeds and Smoos signed by author Julia Donaldson

Love the Smeds and the Smoos? Bag yourself a copy of the book, signed by Julia herself.

£50 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Gold Membership to Abattoir

Admits you plus one to our private artists bar, Abattoir, for the entire duration of the Fringe. In a secret location in George Square, escape the crowds and mingle with the artists.

£70 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Ticket's Tailored For You

10 tickets to our 10 hottest shows, picked and curated for you by our “in the know” programming team.

£100 or more

7 of 7 claimed

Backstage Meet and Greet

Meet the artist of your choice and enjoy a bottle of prosecco before heading in to watch the live show. (For 2 people).

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Hot Gay Time Machine Signed Poster

An original poster from the Fringe cult hit Hot Gay Time Machine, signed by the team behind the show - Toby Marlow, Zak Ghazi-Torbati and Lucy Moss.

£200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Fleabag the Play, Signed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Play text for Fleabag, signed by writer and performer Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Only one available!

£200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Fleabag Screenplay, Signed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Screenplay for Fleabag, signed by writer and performer Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Only one available!

£400 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Fleabag Signed Poster

A rare chance to own a signed piece of artwork of the original Fleabag show, first performed in Edinburgh at the Underbelly in 2013. Signed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

£600 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Eddie Redmayne, Personalised Signed Cabaret Photo

Academy Award Winner, Eddie Redmayne signs a personal message for you on a rare photo of the show Cabaret he was in at the Underbelly back in 2001! ONLY ONE AVAILABLE

£1,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Free tickets to any Underbelly show

Free tickets to any Underbelly show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the next two years.

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