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Help Buzz Get To The Fringe!

A project by: Robyn Grant


WE RAISED £2,315

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This project received pledges on Fri 17 Jun 2016
Help Fat Rascal Theatre get their new feminist musical 'Buzz' to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016

Buzz: A New Musical

In 50 BC Cleopatra hollowed out a fruit stone and filled it with angry bees providing her with the right kind of buzz. 

In 2016 Angie finds herself out of her depth with what it means to be a woman taking control of her sexuality. 

Winner of the 2016 Stella Wilkie Award and shortlisted for the Les Enfants Terribles Award, Buzz is a hilarious musical journey through the history of the vibrator and a brutally honest story of a singleton’s quest to fall back in love with herself. Join us as we finally uncover the untold struggle for women’s sexual independence throughout the ages.

“Bridget Jones meets the Book of Mormon”.

Who are we?

We are Fat Rascal Theatre.

We are fresh from the 2016-graduating year of East 15‘s BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre Course.

We are bold and quirky, cheekily exploring taboo subjects with a cup of Yorkshire Tea in hand. We use music and good old northern humour to tell relatable stories.

We want to get people thinking, talking and laughing about ‘awkward’ topics.

We want to redefine musical theatre and sing what others are scared to say.

We are honest, down to earth and approachable.

We share a passion for changing the world and Tunnock’s tea cakes.


About the show

‘Buzz: A New Musical’ was first performed as a scratch after being selected for the Lyric Hammersmith's Evolution Festival for emerging artists. ‘Buzz’ was then featured as part of East 15 Acting School’s Debut Festival in February 2016. This event is dedicated to the staging of new plays written, directed and performed by graduating students of the acclaimed ‘CT course' (BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre), lead by Uri Roodner. The show received an amazing response, with interest from theatre companies and venues as well as fantastic audience reactions.

Since then we have been working hard to make the show even better.

With a strong cast of just nine members, this is brave new musical theatre that can be performed on a huge stage or simply in your sitting room. We believe we have created something unique with ‘Buzz’, a wacky and thought-provoking show. We aim to attract audiences of all ages, genders and races. We want to draw in people who would initially be put off by political or feminist theatre by using an accessible format they are more familiar with to convey our message.

The audience join our clumsy and loveable protagonist, Angie, on a journey through the history of the vibrator, but also a personal quest to move on from her ex-boyfriend, Mark. As she stumbles through relatable everyday failures, it is great to see the audience get on Angie's side, laugh, cringe and cry with her. This show really is for everybody, but the response we had particularly from women was incredible, they told us about their relationships and how ‘Buzz’ made them feel empowered as single women. So often in theatre women are merely an accessory to a man’s story: ‘Buzz’ is the answer to that. We are representing real women from all over the world throughout history: silly, ridiculous and beautifully imperfect.

Where will the money go?

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a great place for us to showcase Buzz, network, meet producers, get word out about Buzz and really open doors to future adventures for us. 

Our current costs are:

Venue £3888

Set £650

Fringe Registration £295

Flyers and Posters £350

Insurance £182.50

Van Hire £306.50

Contingency £300

Minus £500 East 15 New Companies Scholarship= 

TOTAL : £5472

So if we manage to raise our aim of £3000 this would be a massive boost in the right direction! 

Check us out!



Click here to read an Interview with writer Robyn Grant

Dig on deep and help us, were begging on our knees...

Anything you can donate is such a massive help and we are so incredibly grateful (See our fabulous rewards). Even if you can't donate please share our page and help us get the word out! 

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Thank you from all of us here at Fat Rascal Theatre!

1 year, 1 month ago

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far! We are thrilled with the amount of support we have received.

To keep up to date with Fat Rascal Theatre please do follow us on Twitter (@WeAreFatRascal) and like us on Facebook (Fat Rascal Theatre).

Our new website is up and running so make sure you check that out too!! - www.fatrascaltheatre.com

Lastly, tickets for our London preview at the Drayton Arms Theatre on July 28th are now on sale! Book your tickets now and see what all the fuss is about.


Thanks again!!


Fat Rascal Theatre

Alumni of the University of Essex matchfunded £1000

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Good luck! You can do it! :D xx

Well done on reaching your minimum!!

Sounds brilliant. Wishing you every success.

Good Luck! I loved it at Debut. I hope it goes further.

Good luck, hope you reach your target, looking forward to seeing this. x

Good luck Robyn!! x

Good luck !

Sounds very interesting to me. Keep up with the good work :) Good luck!