Project information

Indigo arts - Edinburgh Fringe 2015

Indigo's work with young people offering quality arts & creative experience which may otherwise elude them, involves an annual production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This provides an opportunity to perform on an international stage learning the skills & teamwork associated with touring a show.

August 2015 - August 2015

Charity information: Indigo Arts

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  • Need


    The world of performance has become associated with celebrity & unrealistic expectations of the industry. Realistic work experience is hard to engage & the world of the arts is one of expensive resources, an ever increasing depletion of which is to be found in mainstream education. Experience for a CV/personal statement for those wishing to pursue a career/education in the industry, is hard to come by, fast becoming the domain of the wealthy, as is achieving the confidence to reflect ability.


    Participation in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe raises expectations, develops confidence & a true team spirit, teaches the reality of the performing arts, rather than the misleading 'celebrity' versions all too prominently available, empowers them to achieve on a professional & international stage, provides a talking point, skills set & model of independent living & development pertinent to employers & good for the CV, and provides a great opportunity for an accessible cultural experience.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To put together a production to take up to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015.


    » To work with a cast, band and crew of approximately 15 young people and develop a suitable performance for the Fringe Festival.
    » To rehearse the production throughout May - July.
    » To undertake a preliminary performance prior to the Fringe trip, in our hometown, at a pop up theatre in the local Shopping Centre.

    What success will look like

    The production will be ready to perform at the necessary time and place, with at least a 20 strong cast, plus band and crew. It will be performed for a 6 night run.

    Aim 2

    Hire the venue and accommodation and organise transport for the stay and performance in Edinburgh.


    » Organise all the necessary elements of the trip, with a minimum of cost to participants, to avoid financial barriers to participation.
    » Secure venue, accommodation and transport.
    » Ensure all participants are appraised of plans, and have relevant information regarding their trip

    What success will look like

    The venue will be secured for use at the Fringe, and accommodation and transport will be place at the best possible price, and with only a minimum contribution from participants.

    Aim 3

    Stage the Production for one week at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015


    » Ensure teams are organised and scheduled with regards to venue get - in/out, promotion on the Royal MIle & elsewhere, rehearsals and tech requirements
    » Ensure production is properly rehearsed and performers/ crew are confident of their roles
    » Ensure all props, costumes, set are in place and looked after throughout
    » Ensure all Health & Safety requirements are in place.

    What success will look like

    The production will be a success at the Fringe, with the team persuading good audience involvement through their promotional work on the Mile, and good houses each night.

  • Impact


    The young people involved will have valuable & inspirational experience that can be used in subsequent applications to work/educational establishments. They will have better understanding of the industry & more realistic expectations of what can be achieved and the work involved. The experience will be guaranteed to inspire and inform them in their future endeavours. Their achievements will be shared with others through our own media, local press, & directly through blog & public discussion.


    The risks will be of cast/band members dropping out, but we have quite a large resource pool to draw from. Achieving lower levels of funding will also have an impact. We can draw on other resources if necessary but this will impact not only on what can be achieved through this production, but also on our other projects. So although we can go ahead, it will be a reduced experience all round, and we would have to rely on much more fundraising to subsidise the projects we have borrowed from.


    We will report to donors via our newsletter and blog

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 Venue Hire Hire of festival venue for 6 performances
      £4,000 Accommodation Cast & Crew accommodation at QMU
      £1,500 Transport Coach travel to and from Edinburgh
      £1,500 Fringe Reg/Promo Fringe registration & promotion

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Participant contribution £4,000 Guaranteed
    Funding Activity £500 Guaranteed
    Grant £500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We are based in Woodrow, Redditch, Worcestershire, which is a new town area, which demographically has been in need of substantial amount of community support. We now occupy the old youth centre based on the site of a High School, after the youth service was disbanded by the local council. We attract individuals from across Redditch to our arts based projects, and have a thriving presence in the area. The people from this project will be taken to Edinburgh to share their skills on a wider stage.


    Primarily infamous for its new town persona, Redditch has suffered a bad press over many years. Many local surveys demonstrate that its youth are generally disillusioned, & can't wait to leave! A fragmented town, it is divided into small satellites that do nothing for developing a strong community focus. Indigo's community ethos endeavours to bring people together from all backgrounds & abilities to develop community cohesion through the arts, & a sense of pride in the town & its individuals.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Indigo arts has been working in the town for 14 years, & its leaders have run a number of large scale projects for many years prior to that. Staff & volunteers come from a range of artistic and educational backgrounds with many years experience in associated industries. We have taken 6 previous projects up to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, & experienced first hand what an amazing effect it has had on the young people involved. Each of these projects has proved successful beyond our expectations

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Cathy Moss

    Projects Director - Cathy has many years project management experience as well as working as director and producer, & overseeing the workshop leaders

    Jo Ollier

    Jo is a Music Graduate with many years experience of working with young people in an educational setting, Jo is Musical Director for this Project

    Molly Moss

    A singer/performer, Molly has considerable experience of working with young people in a workshop setting, as well as being a teaching assistant.

Indigo arts on the Royal Mile - Sector 17


will pay the cost of our venue for one performance