Support BLACKOUT at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

by Mark Jeary in Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland

Help us bring these important real-life stories of the chaos of alcoholism and hope in recovery to an international audience this August.

by Mark Jeary in Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland

We did it
On 14th June 2018 we successfully raised £7,345 with 146 supporters in 28 days

New stretch target

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! LET'S KEEP GOING TIL THURSDAY AT 12.30

We're aiming for an additional £700 to cover fees, so we can keep as much of what we make as possible. 

Your contribution has helped hugely. We still need decent sales and potential funding decisions to go our way. The more support we get, the more pressure that alleviates, so if you haven't got a reward grab one now!

We don't have to make it to 100% again - whatever you give we are guaranteed, thanks to you.


BLACKOUT is coming to the Edinburgh Festival this year, as part of the prestigious Made In Scotland showcase.   

WE'VE REACHED OUR TARGET - YOU'RE AMAZING!!! 

BUT STILL NEED YOUR HELP UNTIL THURSDAY AT 12.30. 

THIS WILL HELP US PAY THE £600 IN FEES FOR THE CAMPAIGN AND USE THE MONEY YOU'VE KINDLY GIVEN US MORE EFFECTIVELY

Blackout is an honest insight into drinking and recovery, devised from interviews with recovering alcoholics, including the writer.  Mark Jeary has set out to explore the nature of addiction, and to challenge some of our outmoded notions of what it means to be an alcoholic.  

Alcoholics are much more complex than the stereotype of a group of people sitting round a table at a meeting on the verge of a drink. Blackout looks at real stories and real people, incorporating new stories with each new version. This year Mark Jeary has brought in the stories of a Palestinian woman who found whisky, but lost everything. 

‘Blackouts were the worst. Blackouts made me forget… Thank God for blackouts.’ 

Meet the woman who finds herself urinating off the top of the Scott Monument in Edinburgh. The man who nearly burns down a stranger’s kitchen. The mother who almost beats her son to death in a drunken rage. Blackout is the honest, brutal, uplifting and darkly comic story of alcoholics, and ultimately of their hope in recovery. Scripted entirely from interviews with recovering addicts, including the writer.

Blackout is a hard-hitting, entertaining piece of theatre.

Audiences have found Blackout to be very powerful. Theatre-goers - particularly those who like new writing, have really enjoyed the piece.  People in active addiction have told us they've found the show to be hopeful, those in recovery feel accurately portrayed and represented. Friends and family of those in recovery feel they understand their children, sister, brothers and parents far more than before. We are working closely with drug and alcohol partnerships across Scotland, to ensure as many people in these groups can get access to the show as possible. Blackout is different because it's socially engaged while still being world class theatre. It's changed lives. Which we think is amazing. 

We had great reviews. But this is what audiences have said about the play, this echoes why we love doing it and why its important;

“The show was a real eye opener. I enjoyed listening to the truth they had to offer on recovery and the dark places addiction took them to. AMAZING.”


“Blackout was amazing. I could identify with so many things. "


“Thank you. You gave me inspiration to go into treatment”


“I thought it was brilliant and it has given me hope to get into recovery and beat my addiction”

Made In Scotland is a curated showcase presenting world class theatre, dance and music at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It's a privilege to be involved and represent Scottish theatre, and a huge opportunity to show our play to producers from all over the world. There are only twelve theatre productions selected nationally, so your support is essential in helping us really stand out.  

This would give us the best chance of taking these important stories around the world.

BLACKOUT will be performed at Summerhall, Edinburgh between 1st August - 26th August 2018, you can buy tickets here: https://bit.ly/2rRiuHN

The best way to help is donate or buy one of our fantastic rewards, and then sharing this page to other you think may be interested and/or affected by the issues. We really need as much sharing, emailing  and social media traction to reach our target. Talk to your friends about it. If you can share this with friends, family, at meetings, at yoga, at your Sh'Bam class (yes that is a thing) or wherever it would help us hugely! 

Edinburgh shows are phenomenally expensive. Most cost upwards of £40,000 and very few break even. Your support in reaching our target will mean that everyone involved will be paid a normal wage at union rates for their time. That's all. There won't be a profit. We just believe its important to pay people for what they do professionally, and in return we'll get the best possible show for you, the audience. 




Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Upgrade to premium seat

Once you've booked your ticket for your choice of show from Summerhall, get a premium reserved seat and free programme. Let us know when you're coming and we'll take care of the rest.

£15 or more

Postcard From The Fringe

A personalised postcard of the cast taken at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, posted during the Festival. And we'll write you a lovely wee message to say thank you. Sent worldwide.

£20 or more

Official Blackout Poster

Our beautiful A3 signed Official Blackout Poster, posted worldwide. With a personal message of your choice.

£25 or more

12 of 100 claimed

Limited edition official signed Blackout Script.

An exclusive copy of the limited edition script of the latest version of Blackout, signed by the writer. Posted worldwide.

£30 or more

Front Row VIP upgrade experience

Book your tickets from Summerhall and we'll upgrade them to the best in the house. Let us know your date and we'll do the rest. VIP also includes a signed programme and an exclusive signed limited edition script.

£40 or more

Get an actor to say ANYTHING

The Blackout cast will send you a personal video saying absolutely ANYTHING to anyone you like, straight from the Royal Mile in Edinburgh during the Fringe. Is there something you want to tell someone? Or just want to say hello to your mum? Make sure you send us your email address.

£50 or more

International BLACKOUT film night

Can't make it to the fringe? Don't worry - we'll bring it to you! Book this package and we'll send you a link to the filmed 2016 critically acclaimed version of BLACKOUT for the duration of the Edinburgh Festival, plus a signed programme, AND an exclusive limited edition script (latest version), signed by the writer. Includes worldwide delivery.

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Be in the script! Name a female character.

Have your name mentioned in the script. Or someone you know. Even if they’re called Barbara. Sorry Barbara. Plus a limited edition signed script and signed programme shipped internationally,

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Be in the script! Name a male character.

Have your name mentioned in the script. Or someone you know. Plus a limited edition signed script and signed programme shipped internationally,

£250 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Backstage access VIP experience

Backstage access for two people to a rehearsal in Glasgow at the end of July at a mutually appropriate time, followed by chat with writer and director, PLUS free tickets and VIP seat upgrades for TWO to front row at the Edinburgh show, PLUS signed programs & TWO personalised signed limited edition scripts and a signed official Blackout poster.

£500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Ultimate VIP experience

4 VIP front row seats (including tickets) 4 Exclusive limited edition signed scripts, programmes and posters. Backstage access to Glasgow rehearsal Meet and Greet and photos with cast post-show at the Edinburgh Fringe. Personal thank you in the programme. Personalised shout out from the mile and personalised thank you on our website.

£1,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Ultimate VIP experience - corporate

4 VIP front row seats (including tickets) 4 Exclusive limited edition signed scripts, programmes and posters. Backstage access to Glasgow rehearsal Meet and Greet and photos with cast post-show at the Edinburgh Fringe. Personal thank you in the programme. A half page advertisement in the programme and your logo on our merchandise and website Individual - Personalised shout out from the mile and personalised thank you on our website.


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