CHOKESLAM & DON'T CALL ME CHINA DOLL

by WWWC in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Total raised £4,345

£6,000 target 5 days left
72% 55 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 29th May 2024 at 11:00am

Help bring WWWC's two one-woman shows 'Chokeslam' and 'Don't Call Me China Doll' to the Edinburgh Fringe.

by WWWC in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

We’re going to the Fringe again! This time, we’re taking two solo shows. 

Diana Feng and Tegan Verheul, two of WWWC’s co-founders, are raising £6,000 to support their ambitious productions. Uniquely poised to take full advantage of professional opportunities at the festival by building on the reputation we established last year with our smash-hit production Artist/Muse, they are ready to hit the ground running and make Fringe 2024 a resounding success.

All funds raised will be split 50/50 between both shows.


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CHOKESLAM

31 July – 25 Aug, Assembly 

A knockout solo show about one woman's love of pro wrestling. Part confessional, part exuberant oral history of sports entertainment's greatest matches and most loved characters. Acclaimed comedian Tegan Verheul leaves no Stone (Cold) unturned in her unflinchingly raw autobiographical debut that grapples with heartbreak, friendship and the healing power of bloodsport. Riotously funny, unexpectedly touching, brilliantly human. You will leave a wrestling fan.

Returning to the fringe by popular demand, 'Chokeslam' is a testament to Verheul's mastery in physical storytelling. With minimal set and props, Verheul's commanding presence transforms an intimate stage into a grand arena, engaging the imagination of her audience in a powerful way. Whether you're a hardcore wrestling aficionado or a newcomer to the world of body slams, you're in for an enthralling experience. Last year's run was a smash hit, resonating with a diverse crowd and garnering rave reviews for its universal appeal and Verheul's dynamic performance.


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DON'T CALL ME CHINA DOLL

31 July – 26 Aug, Underbelly

All Chinese people do kung fu, right? 

As she prepares for the audition of a lifetime—playing Anna May Wong in a biopic about Hollywood’s first East Asian starlet—China Doll must confront and untangle the ingénue’s legacy as she discovers astonishing parallels between them. Disdainful of Anna for perpetuating the stereotypes she still fights to overcome, China Doll wakes up to find herself magically transported to the 1930s in the body of the revered and reviled starlet. Over the course of several nights, she discovers profound similarities in the ways they navigate love, life, and identity as East Asian actors in the west.

‘Don’t Call Me China Doll’ is a one-woman show that explores the intricacies of internalised racism and self-worth. A compelling exploration of identity, discrimination, and progress, it prompts audiences to reflect on how and why East Asian artists still face the same barriers as they did a century ago.


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ABOUT WWWC

We are a non-hierarchical creative collective of women and femmes dedicated to fostering creativity and uplifting marginalised voices. All members have a say in creative and organisational matters, and all voices have equal value. Decisions are made by reaching a consensus. New ideas are encouraged and we evolve according to the group’s needs.

Check out our website to learn more.


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WHY WE NEED YOU

The Edinburgh Fringe is THE PLACE to premiere new work! The one downside is... it is EXPENSIVE!!

Costs we have to cover include:

  • Our venues (we’ve snagged primo slots at Assembly and Underbelly)
  • Registration fees
  • Accommodation 
  • Travel
  • Sets/props/costumes
  • Posters/flyers
  • Marketing

The list goes on...

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TARGETS

We are hoping to raise £6,000 to put towards our shows. These funds (split 50/50) will cover the cost of our Fringe registration, venues, and basic marketing. We’ve also set an audacious stretch goal of £16,000, which is the combined budget of both our shows. If we hit our stretch goal of £16,000, we'll be able to fully cover the cost of our accommodation, transportation, sets/props/costumes, and professional videography to ensure these shows can have a successful touring life after the fringe. We are self-funding these shows, so every penny you pledge will be so helpful to us!


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REWARDS

We're hoping you'll donate to our shows because you're just as excited as we are to see it come to life! Your support means the world to us, and will help us create an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

As a little thank you, we've got some cool rewards to offer, including:

  • £10 - Elite “green circle” status for exclusive behind the scenes content on Instagram.
  • £20 - A link to recordings of both shows for our friends who can’t get to Scotland + all of the above.
  • £30 - A shoutout on our social media to celebrate your generosity + all of the above.
  • £40 - A spot on our WWWC supporter wall, live updates on our progress for the show + all of the above.
  • £50 - An autographed show poster of your choice + all of the above.
  • £100 - 2 tickets to our show at the Edinburgh Fringe or our London previews + a special mention in the programme + all of the above.
  • £200 - A date with Tegan at her favourite local indie wrestling show, or a date with Diana at her favourite Dim Sum restaurant + all of the above
  • £500 or more - OFFICIAL SPONSOR STATUS! Get all the rewards listed above, PLUS we will put your businesses logo on our posters, flyers, social media channels, and website. If you have something else in mind, get in touch! We'd be more than happy to chat with you!

 

OTHER FUNDRAISING

We'll also be doing fundraising events online and in person between now and August to make this show happen. Yes, it's hard work, but we believe it'll all be worth it when we bring this show in front of an audience, tell this story that needs to be told, and showcase the work of incredible creatives at the biggest art festival in the world!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via our website.


Thank you for your support! See you at the Fringe!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

2 tickets to our show at the Edinburgh Fringe or our London previews + a special mention in the programme + all of the above.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Elite “green circle” status for exclusive behind the scenes content on Instagram.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

A link to recordings of both shows for our friends who can’t get to Scotland + all of the above.

£30 or more

£30 Reward

A shoutout on our social media to celebrate your generosity + all of the above.

£40 or more

£40 Reward

A spot on our WWWC supporter wall, live updates on our progress for the show + all of the above.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

An autographed show poster of your choice + all of the above.

£60 or more

£60 Reward

A signed copy of the script of your choice + an online Q&A with Diana and Tegan + all of the above.

£200 or more

£200 Reward

A date with Tegan at her favourite local indie wrestling show, or a date with Diana at her favourite Dim Sum restaurant + all of the above

£500 or more

£500 Reward or More

OFFICIAL SPONSOR STATUS! Get all the rewards listed above, PLUS we will put your businesses logo on our posters, flyers, social media channels, and website. If you have something else in


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