Comedy, cabaret, culture and charity: shows supporting great causes this Fringe
- Becki Crossley
- 6 August 2018
This article is from 2018.
Four shows raising awareness, funds and the roof for great charities this year
The Fringe is absolutely jam-packed with comedy, cabaret and culture but it's important not to forget the fourth and most powerful C, charity.
In and amongst this year's extensive programme there are a selection of shows going ahead with more than box office sales in mind. A number of intelligently crafted shows place the serious and the silly together in perfect balance to ensure great nights of entertainment for even greater causes.
Causes at the forefront of this year's events include The Mental Health Foundation, Period Positive, Water Aid, Amnesty International and The Brain Tumour Charity amongst others.
A Gala For Mental Health
Having already raised thousands of pounds for the Mental Health Foundation A Gala for Mental Health is back with fundraising targets bigger than ever. Going into its fourth year the gala has established itself as one of the most distinctive, ahead of the curve and, in turn, must-see shows at the Fringe.
The gala refuses to let the focus of the foundation take a back seat and instead is curated with it solely in mind. The lineup is made entirely of performers who can talk about mental health issues from a first person perspective and many of the performers heavily feature the subject in their own Fringe shows.
This year's lineup is a mix of comedy, cabaret and improv as hosted by Felicity Ward featuring Tony Slattery, Yana Alana, Adele Anderson of Fascinating Aida, Laura Lexx and Matt Price.
A Gala For Mental Health returns to the Pleasance Dome for one night only on Mon 20 Aug.
Amnesty International and The Guilty Feminist Present The Secret Policeman's Podcast
The Guilty Feminist has joined forces with Amnesty International to bring The Secret Policeman's Podcast to this year's Fringe. Hosted by the podcast's own Deborah Frances-White, The Guilty Feminist will bring together a powerfully funny and diverse bill of comics and personalities to put human rights at the forefront of this year's festival.
The Secret Policeman's Podcast aims to raise awareness and funds for the charity through the power of laughter and thought provoking topics. Attendees can expect 'hysterical comedy' and 'magical music' with the work of Amnesty International as a central subject. The shows will highlight the Families Together campaign which is calling on the UK government to change the restrictive rules keeping refugees in the UK apart from their loved ones. A spotlight will be shone of the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been detained in Iran since 2016.
The Guilty Feminist Presents The Secret Policeman's Podcast runs for two nights on Fri 24–Sat 25 Aug.
Adventures In Menstruating with Chella Quint
Comedian and sex educator Chella Quint is back with a series of events to challenge period poverty and promote a positive approach to the taboo subject. Chella is the UK's leading expert on menstruation education and her #periodpositive Schools Charter pilot recently had the go-ahead from Learn Sheffield. Working closely with Water Aid she is hoping to spread the word of the programme far and wide at this year's Fringe. Donation points for reusable and disposable menstrual products will also be available at each show.
Adventures In Menstruating consists of five events mixing comedy and improv throughout the week before ending on a high with theBloody Big Brunch, in support of Water Aid, on Sat 11 Aug. The brunch promises to be an amazing hour delicious Bloody Marys, talks and stand-up.
Adventures In Menstruating runs from from Tue 7–Sat 11 Aug. The Bloody Big Brunch takes place on Sat 11 Aug at The Central Library.
Underbelly's Big Brain Tumour Benefit
The first Underbelly benefit took place last year raising £18,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity. Following its success the event is back and already set to exceed last year's total.
This year's Underbelly's Big Brain Tumour Benefit will be hosted by Susan Calman as she takes to the stage for her only Fringe show of the year. The 2018 lineup includes Fringe favourite and host of the critically acclaimed BBC Two show The Mash Report Nish Kumar who will be joined by David O'Doherty, Joel Dommett and Zoe Lyons with more exciting acts soon to be announced!
The Underbelly's Big Brain Tumour Benefit takes place on Mon 13 Aug at McEwan Hall.