How Fundraising Has Taken Over Brighton Fringe

On a rainy post-bank holiday Wednesday it can be hard to raise a smile. However, comedian and TV star Joel Dommett, along with plenty of special guests, will be raising smiles and plenty of much needed funds for charity with their show Comic Relief Live tonight (Komedia, 30th May, 8pm).

Despite the costs many performers experience putting on a production there are plenty who use the platform provided to them to fundraise or raise awareness for a cause close to their hearts

Despite the costs many performers experience putting on a production there are plenty who use the platform provided to them to fundraise or raise awareness for a cause close to their hearts. Earlier this month, Brighton Spiegeltent played hosted to the Heart of the Fringe Show, a charity cabaret, circus and music showcase which raised money for Clowns Without Borders. Seán Leonard was inspired by his character in Humanity Dick: A Tale of Beasts and Bullets to use his show to help raise money for Brighton RSPCA. Popular comedian Jane Postlethwaite harnessed her own experiences with mental health in Last Night at the Circus to raise awareness about mental health and especially the Brighton based suicide prevention charity, Grassroots and their app Stay Alive. These are just a few examples out of a whole host of charitable performers and theatre makers making a difference for important causes.

Fundraising now takes many forms. Bake sales remain popular, but no doubt your Facebook feed is full of friends completing sponsored marathons, sky dives and more. Perhaps the online version of a charity auctions is crowdfunding, which has quickly become another important way to raise funds. Earlier this year, Brighton Fringe suffered a £20,000 deficit in their budget after losing their headline supporter and in response, started a Crowdfunder campaign. Acts from all over the Fringe rallied to the cause and donated a range of prizes ranging from merchandise such as stickers, badges and bags to personalised performances from Brighton's Singing Barber and your own private silent disco hosted by international Fringe favourite Guru Dudu. The quirky gifts on offer worked and, just over a month later, Brighton Fringe successfully raised £21,600 with donations from over 338 supporters.

Comic Relief Live is relying on a cracking line up of popular and up-and-coming star talent to draw the crowds. You’ll probably recognise comedian and host Joel Dommett from his appearances on shows such as Skins and I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! He's joined by special guests Sofie Hagen, Larry Dean, Angela Barnes, Catherine Bohart and Lauren Pattison, so it is sure to be a memorable night. With at least £5 from each ticket sale going to Comic Relief, it will put a smile on someone else’s face too - and you don’t even have to wear a red nose.

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Join one of the UK’s top comedians as they host a special 'Comic Relief Live' show at the Brighton Fringe, bringing a line-up of some of the most exciting up-and-coming comedy talent... 

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You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
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Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
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Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £1.7m to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
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