Badgers Can't Be Friends

by Raving Mask in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 10th November 2020 we successfully raised £2,380 with 44 supporters in 28 days

Help us bring our show to Edinburgh Fringe 2021, supporting teachers' mental health with a quirky comedy!

by Raving Mask in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Due to unanticipated levels of support for the campaign – reaching over 90% of our initial target in the first week - we’ve added a stretch goal!

Reaching our stretch goal will help us cover the costs for:

  • Set Design and Props
  • Costumes
  • Marketing

It will also, along with all the donations that we have already received, help make the production more resilient to the uncertain climate of Edinburgh Fringe 2021. Our budget relies on income from ticket sales, but the 2021 festival will be an unprecedented month, with the potential for COVID-19 restrictions to affect audience numbers. Your support will put the team in a stronger position to weather these challenges, empowering the cast and creatives to focus on developing and refining the work, and spreading awareness for Education Support. 

We are so grateful for the support we have received so far and cannot thank you all enough for your enthusiasm and generosity!

After a headteacher forces Mr Dennis to distance himself from a friendless pupil, he hits back at the failing education system. But his shocking video creates unimaginable consequences for himself and those around him. Will his efforts bind people closer together or drive them apart? Who is he really fighting for? And can he find the smell in his kitchen?


Badgers Can't Be Friends is a fast-paced offbeat comedy which explores the negative consequences our education system has on the mental health of teachers, students and their families.  


After a hugely successful run in June 2018, the plan was to bring the show to more audiences at Edinburgh Fringe 2020, giving back to teachers in the process – by offering free tickets to teachers and by raising money and awareness for Education Support (the UK’s only dedicated mental health support charity for the education workforce). Like many companies, our performance and fundraising plans were derailed by the pandemic, with the Edinburgh Fringe 2020 unable to go ahead. 

With the additional pressures and dangers that teachers face in the wake of COVID-19, the issues surrounding our education system and the wellbeing of teachers and students alike has never been more relevant. There are a record number of educators leaving the profession, and demand for helplines is increasing year on year. 1 in 5 teachers experience panic attacks, and suicide risk among primary school teachers is 42% higher than the general population. 

We hope to bring the show to Edinburgh Fringe 2021, to extend a hand of support to educators after a turbulent year, and to provide an affordable and well-deserved night out for all affected - to laugh, to be heard, and to recharge.

Who are we?

Raving Mask is a London-based theatre company, specialising in absurdist and contemporary theatre. With the unique offbeat style of writer Joseph Skelton running through its veins, Raving Mask is proud to claim multiple successful productions, including The Noctambulist (★★★★★ BroadwayBaby) and Fat Jewels (★★★★★ SpyInTheStalls).  

Joseph is joined on the creative team by Director Hamish Clayton (Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons - ★★★★★ PocketSizedTheatre) and Producer Dani Treseder (Swing By Around 8 - ★★★★★ BroadwayBaby). Bringing the story to life is our superb cast: Marcus Taylor (Radical, Soho Theatre), Kamilah Shorey (Tiger Mum, Theatre503) and Magdalena Jasiniak (The Runner (2019)). And that’s it!

Most of the Badgers cast and creatives have either worked in schools or lived with someone who did. Some of us have earned our money during the pandemic through working in schools or tutoring. Some of us have lost our jobs because of the pandemic, and have been volunteering for arts charities or developing sanitation equipment. Needless to say, we have all been personally affected by the issues currently facing the education system and the arts sector, so we cannot wait to bring Badgers Can't Be Friends back to the stage!


What do we need the funds for?

Our original fundraising strategy heavily relied on sponsorship (from organisations which are no longer in a position to offer it) and comedy fundraiser nights (which we are no longer able to host). Therefore, in order to achieve our objective, we need help covering the costs for:

  • Venue Hire
  • Registration Fee
  • Accommodation and Travel

This enables us to commit to free tickets for teachers, and to support low-income participants to participate in the project. 

10% of profits will go to Education Support, plus any cash donations collected after each performance.

“I can’t donate but I still want to help!”

Thank you! You’re a superstar, we love and appreciate that energy, and there are actually a few ways you can help instead of (or as well as!) donating:

  • You can learn more about Education Support and the work they do to support the mental health and wellbeing of the education workforce here.
  • You can help spread the word about our project by sharing the campaign.
  • You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for updates.
  • You can come and watch the show! We hope to organise previews in London and Sheffield for July 2021, followed by a three week run at Edinburgh Fringe, so keep your eyes peeled for ticket announcements! 

Thank you for taking the time to consider donating to our campaign. If you have any questions, please email us at or drop us a message on social media!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1 or more

Our Undying Gratitude

Any donation is appreciated, and we couldn't be more grateful for your support, you absolute legend.

£10 or more

Our Undying Gratitude (in tweet form)

Donate the price of a ticket and we'll sing your praises from our social media accounts! You're one of those wonderful people who is helping small shows survive right now, and we'll let the world know it!

£25 or more

Our Undying Gratitude (in tweet + video form)

Not only will we sing your praises from our social media accounts, but we'll do it with a personalised video!

£50 or more

Credit in the programme!

This reward entitles you to ALL OF THE ABOVE + a credit in our fabulous programme. If audiences are wondering who helped make this project a reality, it'll be your name they see! This reward includes a copy of the programme sent to your door at the start of August, to mark the return of the festival and your contribution to it.

£100 or more

4 of 10 claimed

Limited Edition Signed A4 Dark Squid Framed Print

This reward entitles you to ALL OF THE ABOVE + a Limited Edition A4 framed print of the Dark Squid comic book cover art featured in our play, signed by the cast and crew. Claim this unique piece of theatre memorabilia from one of the most historic Edinburgh Fringe festivals in history.

£250 or more

2 of 5 claimed

2 VIP Tickets + Patron Credit

This reward entitles you to ALL OF THE ABOVE + two VIP tickets to one of the London, Sheffield or Edinburgh performances. Best seats in the house? You betcha. Complementary drink? Why not! Queue jump? Yes please! You'll also receive a Patron credit in the programme, and if you're unable to attend in person, we'll send you a VIP pack including a recording of the performance to enjoy at home!

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Named Character + Executive Patron Credit

This reward entitles you to ALL OF THE ABOVE + an Executive Patron credit and the opportunity to work with the playwright to leave your mark on the script! You could name a minor character, include a reference to your old school or favourite teacher... (Please note: Teacher McTeacherFace is exempt from consideration!). This reward will include a signed script - an excellent gift to yourself or a fellow theatre-lover.

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