Hello! Welcome to our crowdfunding page!
We're so grateful that you found the time to stop by.
CF suggest lots of detail for prospective supporters so we've gone big with the info. Please do read to the bottom as we love to build relationships as well as Theatre, and it would be great for you to get to know us! If you feel able to donate you can find all the details regarding where your money will go at the bottom of the page.....we're encouraging you to read the blurb first! We've included some cool pics from our 2017 Edinburgh project too!
With grateful thanks.
Sending theatrical joy your way!
The Edinburgh Fringe Experience
(Diana, Gareth, Lydia, Robin & Sarah.....on behalf of everyone else!
SETTING THE STAGE: THEN....
In 2017, 11 young actors from Dorset and Wiltshire, two members of staff, a couple of parents and a 4m x 2m T Rex arrived in Edinburgh for a three week stint at the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The largest arts festival on the planet! After raising just over 14K by digging deep into their own pockets, various fundraising activities, donations from a local County Council, businesses and crowdfunding platforms, the teens and an animatronic T Rex and puppeteer (on loan from our professional company) performed their original and magical family show for children and their grown ups....
'BITEY & BERTIE'S GRAND TOUR opened at Emerald Theatre, Nicolson Square, Greenside Venues, Edinburgh on 4th August 2017 to 70% full houses in a 90 seater auditorium. With average audiences for edfringe shows at 7 per performance this was mind blowing!
It was a fun and inspirational three weeks for young actors wishing to pursue a career in the arts and an incredible Summer intensive for those moving forwards with other careers in Media, Production and Education. It was so much more than an acting experience for the Cast of 2017.
Here's what Royah and Lydia thought of their experience.....
Royah: Bitey & Bertie's Grand Tour 2017.
"Performing in the Edinburgh festival is a fantastic opportunity to gain a real understanding of what its like to be a professional actor. The atmosphere in Edinburgh is amazing, walking along the Royal Mile with every other performer doing the same thing you love, you feel like one big family. There are many advantages of performing in the Festival. I learned lots of new skills in the 3 weeks I was there. It helped boost my confidence being in a big city with lots of other people, having to speak with people in the street and persuade them to come to our show. I learned a lot about what happens behind the scenes too. The whole experience was one like no other and I would encourage everyone to go."
Lydia: Bitey & Bertie's Grand Tour 2017.
"I can honestly say performing in Edinburgh was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. It will be an adventure you will never forget. There’s this amazing atmosphere and buzz during the Fringe that you can’t quite explain. You’d struggle to find a place where you’re bombarded by so much art and talent everywhere you look. Alongside performing your show and all it entails, you have the opportunity to see so much theatre/music/comedy/spoken word that you wouldn’t necessarily see otherwise. Edinburgh is the place to be adventurous, to see something outside your comfort zone, and to learn as much as you can from the thousands of other performers surrounding you. I assure you, you will see something unexpectedly outstanding. You can seriously grow as a person at the Fringe. I wouldn’t say it was easy, but it’s massively rewarding. For anyone wanting a career in the arts it’s like a mini ‘trial period’. Doing the same show each day enhances your skills, your stamina and your resilience as a performer. Likewise, promoting your show in a crowded high street enhances your resilience as a person - having to be enthusiastic and proactive in all variations of Edinburgh weather! Thankfully you will have a fantastic cast around you all doing the same and spurring each other on! Performing in Edinburgh teaches you endless transferable skills perfect for any future path you take - teamwork performing with a new cast, communication and confidence selling your show to passers by, personal motivation, professionalism working to tight schedules in performance venues... the list goes on! Edinburgh’s the place where anyone with the slightest hint of passion for performing should be. It should be a rite of passage for all young actors. Once you’ve been to the Fringe once, you’ll want to be back each year!"
ABOUT THE EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL
The Fringe story dates back to 1947, when eight theatre groups turned up uninvited to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival. Not being part of the offficial programme of the International Festival the performers staged their shows anyway. Year on year more and more performers followed their example and now the fringe continues to be open access welcoming anyone with a story to tell and a venue to host them to do their thing! The single biggest celebration of the arts and culture on the planet the fringe takes place every August for three weeks in the Scottish city of Edinburgh. Each year thousands of performers from across the globe take to hundreds of stages, in all manner of spaces, all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste.
In 2018 there were, 3548 Shows, 317 Venues, 56, 796 Performances and 2,838,839 Tickets issued.
If you haven't come across it yet....IT'S HUGE!!!
We're literally CRAZY about The Edinburgh Fringe Festival...we really do wish we could bottle the experience, it's a cliché we know, but we can't tell you how fabulous it is to be in Edinburgh in August with thousands of other actors, singers, comics, dancers and all types of performers. Can you imagine what its like for performers rocking up to their venue in costume, having dragged their props and set half way across the city, entering their performance space with five minutes to set up as the audience enter, perform their show, and then have just five minutes more to exit afterwards. To strut their stuff on an international stage with an international audience along with friends and with the support of family. To publicise their shows on the Royal Mile, along with thousands of other performers to get those bums on seats! It's character building, challenging, creative and fabulous fun!
On returning home from Edinburgh in August, and after some much needed sleep, numerous cups of tea, cake and various other beverages an idea began to sprout.......Could we develop the project to enable loads of UK young actors, singers, dancers to experience Edinburgh? (Why stop at 11!) Would it be possible to take more than one show? Should we offer the project to different age groups, a one week opportunity for talented actors who can't access the festival on a performance level? Could we become the 'go to' organisation for individuals to get that unique Edinburgh Fringe Experience. Well after bouncing the idea around for a while, doing the usual research and on the back of all our edfringe experience over the years.............the overall opinion was
and....so on January 1st 2018, with one final mug of tea for courage.....
The Edinburgh Fringe Experience was born!
tefe as it has become affectionally known over recent months (that's tefe as in Geoff-e :-) and not teeeefee as in leafy!) is now the only UK organisation dedicated exclusively to taking young singers, actors and dancers between 8 and 18 years; and over 18's (drama students, performance graduates and part time artists building performance portfolios) to perform at the festival for one, two or three weeks every August!
In 2019, we've gone BIG, well why not!
186 young actors between 8 and 18 years, including a number of hard of hearing performers, and 25 over 18's will perform their shows at Greenside Venues, Edinburgh in the heart of the festival. We have some amazing shows going to Edinburgh in 2019 it's impossible to have favourites....WE LOVE THEM ALL and we're incredibly lucky that one will be a UK Premiere!
8-12 years: SAMANTHA SPADE Ace Detective (Musical, a UK Premiere)
Emerald Theatre, Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, Full Run, Friday 2nd August to Saturday 24th August 2019, 1.45pm daily.
A fast paced film noir detective musical Samantha Spade, Ace Detective is here to introduce a whole new generation to the dames, palookas, grifters, chiselers, flatfoots and flim-flammers of a hard-boiled detective’s black-and-white world.
"Kid-friendly action and high-end satire. Bring the kids, pack some Twizzlers and Brush up your Bogey for a musical that celebrates Skittles, lampoons tween-teen angst and serves up a crash course in film noir trivia"
Listen to one of our favoutite songs from the show!
12-18 years: RUNAWAYS (Musical)
Emerald Theatre, Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, Full Run, Friday 2nd August to Saturday 24th August 2019, 2.45pm daily.
28 children explore the "fragmented" life of the runaway in an inner city. Through songs, monologues and poems the children examine and explain why they are runaways. They are abused, come from broken families, or are in an orphanage.
"A blast of undiluted teen spirit guaranteed to leave you feeling windblown, hyped up and asking why children can't remain children."
Listen to one of our favoutite songs from the show!
18+ years: BARE A POP OPERA (Musical)
Forest Theatre, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, Friday 2nd August to Saturday 17th August 2019, 7.30pm daily.
A pulsating, electric contemporary rock musical, follows a group of students at a Catholic boarding college as they grapple with issues of sexuality, identity, and the future.
"BARE rings with the sounds of youthful repression and revolt. With a unique sung-through pop score, heart-pounding lyrics, and a cast of bright young characters, bare is a provocative, fresh, and utterly honest look at the dangers of baring your soul, and the consequences of continuing to hide"
Listen to one of our favoutite songs from the show!
'BITEY & BERTIE'S GRAND TOUR - T Rex Tales The Musical'
Emerald Theatre, Nicolson Square, Friday 2nd to Saturday 17th August, 11am.
'Biteymactinyhands' and his nephew 'Chomp' will also be back at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019 starring in their own children's show.
It's gonna be fun! fun! fun!
HOW YOUR DONATIONS WILL HELP
Those performing in The 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Experience shows will of course still be digging VERY deep into their own pockets, paying for their accommodation outright and contributing to the project as you would expect. However, the project also needs a little bit of extra help to cover all those additional production costs which can be huge. We'll need sponsorship to help with rehearsal space in Edinburgh prior to each cast opening their show, technical, props and set, production clothing, show licence fees, and venue costs. Advertising.....lots and lots, AND lots of hard copy advertising (posters/flyers/large scale road adverts) and additional publicity to promote the show in the lead up to and during the festival to get those bums on seats.
We appreciate that there are many projects out there which deserve sponsorship and support and we sincerely hope that you will consider tefe equally worthy. We firmly believe that the value of an organisation which aims to unite performers from all walks of life and provide them with an opportunity to explore their creative potential in a sprawling, diverse, and unique theatrical environment, cannot be underestimated.
Here at tefe we'd like to wish you an incredible day and take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to read through our campaign.
With kind regards, and sincere thanks for your kind donation.
Read more at: www.theedinburghfringeexperience.com