Defective Inspector at the Edinburgh Fringe!

by The Defectors in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Defective Inspector at the Edinburgh Fringe!

Total raised £1,223

£3,000 target 33 days left
40% 16 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 26th June 2024 at 12:56pm

We're taking our shows Defective Inspector: An American Odyssey and Defective Inspector: A Stitch in Time to the Edinburgh Fringe!

by The Defectors in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Who are you?

Hi there! We are The Defectors, a comedy company composed of Harrison Cole (Writer and Performer), Daniel Hemsley (Performer) and James Darby (Producer). An associate company of the Bread and Roses Theatre, we collaborate with like-minded artists to create fresh, punchy comedy that is open to anything and anyone, especially through our regular Scratch 'n' Sniff comedy-variety nights. With the expert direction and prop building of our incredible director Shannon Fox, and the top-notch acting chops of our fellow cast members Francesca Eldred and Ellie Church, we are heading to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with our two Defective Inspector shows: An American Odyssey and A Stitch in Time!

The cast of Defective Inspector: A Stitch in Time, in costume, jumping in the air. From left to right: Harrison Cole, wearing a green suit jacket and red tie, Francesca Eldred, wearing a white dress shirt and a police badge around her neck, Ellie Church, wearing a lab-coat, and Daniel Hemsley, wearing a beige suit jacket.

How exciting! Tell me about the shows!

If you insist! The shows are a pair of fast-paced, multi-faceted comedies in which a failed Detective novelist is trying to stage his first ever theatrical productions, based on his 'real' adventures.

Defective Inspector: An American Odyssey

Prepare for a hilarious hour of (unconvincing) romance, (sloppy) action and (tenuous) espionage! Don't miss the debut whirlwind comedy from The Defectors. Richard P. Cooper, an eccentric ex-detective, presents his (heavily embellished) exploits on the stage (with mixed results)! He guides the audience through his journey to the USA, grappling with assassination plots and three-legged dogs, while three hapless drama students embody every other questionable character. This laugh-a-minute romp is sure to elate and baffle in equal measure! 'An utterly endearing romp through the clichés of crime drama... irreverent and irresistible' **** (

The cast of Defective Inspector: An American Odyssey, engaged in a fight scene. From left to right: Harrison Cole, wearing a green suit jacket and red tie, wielding a retractable umbrella, Daniel Hemsley, wearing a leather jacket, wielding a full size umbrella, and Francesca Eldred, wearing an apron and wielding a small broom.

Defective Inspector: A Stitch in Time

The latest chapter in the theatrical saga of ex-detective Richard P. Cooper, who now finds himself sucked into a time-bending sci-fi caper! In an impromptu trip to the future, Richard learns about the horrors of an evil empire founded by his canine nemesis, Mr Fluffington. Richard and his allies must go on a mission to the past to prevent its uprising, culminating in an epic kerfuffle spanning thousands of years, with the fate of all of history at stake! 'No timeline is too sacred, and no sci-fi reference is too far-fetched' **** (

The case of Defective Inspector: A Stitch in Time, entangled with each other and a colander. From left to right: Daniel Hemsley, wearing a red waistcoat and a sci-fi bowler hat, holding the colander, Francesca Eldred, wearing sunglasses and a black suit jacket, lying on the floor, Ellie Church, wearing a black suit jacket, holding the other half of the colander, and Harrison Cole, wearing a white dress shirt and red tie, sat on the floor.

How will you use the money?

We are seasoned fringe performers with years of experience: The core Defectors team have been involved in writing, directing, producing or performing (and sometimes all four!) six critically and commercially successful shows over 4 Edinburgh Fringes. However, this is our first time at The Fringe as The Defectors, and it's not cheap! We need to cover accommodation costs, Fringe registration and hire fees for our venue (the lovely theSpace Triplex Studio), publicity costs... the list goes on. Truthfully, we want to raise as much as we can to offset all these costs, and hopefully enable us to break even, or maybe even turn a small profit we can split amongst our hard-working team! Anything you can give to help us reach this goal would be greatly appreciated.



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

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A personal greeting & signed poster of either show

You will receive a personal greeting from Richard, plus an A3 copy of a show poster of your choosing, signed by the cast! Proudly display it on your bedroom wall, your local council building, or in your nearest art gallery.

£5 or more


You will receive our eternal gratitude and certified legend™ status (Non-legally binding).

£10 or more

A personal greeting from Richard P. Cooper

You will receive a personal video from the man himself, based on your prompt. Want Richard to wish your friend luck in their upcoming trial? Got a mystery you want him to throw his weight at? Maybe you simply want to hear him say your name in his uniquely soothing yet abrasive tones? Then this is the reward for you!

£15 or more

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A personal greeting & a Defectors ticket!

You will receive a personal greeting from Richard, plus a ticket to a future Defectors show of your choosing! Who knows what the future holds..

£50 or more

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A meet n' greet with the team & two signed posters

We will meet you after a show of your choosing for a drink and a chat, where we will present you with A3 copies of each show’s poster, signed by the cast! Topics may include but are not limited to: Richard’s hair care routine, the cost-effectiveness of myriad cheeses, or Adrian Chiles.

£500 or more

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Your own Richard P. Cooper Adventure!

We will write, record and release a bespoke 20 minute audio drama set in the Cooperverse, based on a title and pitch of your creation. A whole Richard P. Cooper adventure, just for you!

£1,000 or more

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Richard in the flesh!

All of the above, plus Richard will appear in person at an event of your choosing, to schmooze and booze with the assembled guests! Armed with witty repartee, shed loads of charm and a frankly overwhelming amount of cologne, Richard will delight and detect in equal measure! He’ll brighten your bar/bat-mitzvah, quirk up your quinceañera, and put some welly in your wake. The Defectors are not liable for any damages he may or may not cause.

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