Get FLICKER to the Fringe!

by Gabriella Foley in Brentford, Greater London, United Kingdom

Get FLICKER to the Fringe!

Total raised £4,208

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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 16th July 2024 at 11:35am

Help me take my debut play FLICKER to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to spread awareness about Pure OCD and promote queer love stories.

by Gabriella Foley in Brentford, Greater London, United Kingdom

What is Flicker?

Have you ever thought about your dad’s cock at a funeral? If you did, you’d probably dismiss this as a mere intrusive thought. But what if your brain couldn’t do that? After a shit show of a shag, Jo must hide a stain, a semi naked man and her terrifying intrusive thoughts from Anna, before she loses her mind and everyone she loves. 

As the home of comedy, we think the Edinburgh Fringe is the perfect place to launch a sex farce about Pure OCD!

Our aims:

> Encourage conversations about Pure OCD. 

> Highlight support for those affected by Pure OCD, using resources from  OCD UK

> Get queer love stories on the main stage.

> Launch a female-led team of emerging freelance theatre makers on a wider national and international scale, at one of the world's largest art festivals.

> Champion new writing.

What is Pure OCD?

FLICKER explores PURE OCD; a type of OCD characterised by obsessive intrusive thoughts. 

It’s a condition that was debilitating for me growing up because I was terrified to talk about it. I didn’t understand that what I was experiencing was a mental health condition and instead felt very scared and alone. Thankfully, at age 20, during my training at drama school, I spoke about what I was experiencing. Through the support of Royal Welsh College I was able to understand, accept and manage what I was going through. As a result I was able to make the most of the excellent training and graduate with a First Class degree. I created this play to help other people who live with Pure OCD. The condition is not talked about enough and there is very little representation of it in the media, let alone on stage - causing sufferers to feel isolated and alone. In June 2023, at The Yard Theatre (London) we tested a draft of the production - the feedback from the audience was incredible. More people than I could've ever imagined came forward and shared their experiences. But like me, they never knew it was a condition and now could finally do something about it. That’s what this production will do - not only entertain, but educate sufferers and non-sufferers alike while offering further support through the work of OCD UK. 

What has the industry said?

“Funny, sad, serious, shapely and very particular and original!” - Bryony Lavery (Playwright; Frozen [National Theatre, London], The Book of Dust; La Belle Sauvage [Bridge Theatre, London]
"Funny, raucous, purposeful" - Penelope Skinner (Playwright; Eigengrau [Bush Theatre, London]  Lyonesse [Harold Pinter Theatre])

"Raw and unflinching"- Wiebke Green (Director)

Flicker has been Long-Listed for the Victoria Wood Comedy Prize with Birmingham Rep. Conversations are currently in place with TV production companies about a screen adaptation. 

Help this exciting new play find its feet and follow in the footsteps of hits like 'Fleabag' and 'Baby Reindeer', both of which started their lives as plays at the Edinburgh Fringe

Support for OCD:

We have received consultancy from OCD UK who have been instrumental in the development of the script, with Chief Executive Ashley Mills committing time to discuss the play and the condition with me.

The charity has pledged further support with physical resources and guidance around all things Pure OCD, which shall be offered to audiences in post-show discussions/leaflet handouts. 

Wellbeing support for our production team will also be provided by the charity, allowing us to run open, safe rehearsal and technical spaces. 

The Fringe and The Pleasance:

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and more specifically The Pleasance Theatre, are renowned for launching first-time female writers. Notable past creatives include Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, National Theatre, Broadway & BBC iPlayer), Sabrina Ali (Dugsi Dayz, newly programmed at the Royal Court following a sold out national tour) and Sophie Swithinbank (BACON, sold out at Fringe 2023 and transferred to New York as part of Soho Playhouse’s Encore series). BACON was produced by HFH Productions, who are producing Flicker, in partnership with Bethany Cooper Productions. 

What would your donation do?

Our budget is £30,000. £12,000 of which we are trying to raise through donations (with £6,500 already pledged!)

We need to raise a minimum of another £5,500 with your help!  

Examples of how this money will be used is broken down below:

£50 would pay for an actor’s train ticket to Edinburgh.

£100 would pay for them to come back as well!

£300 would pay for new costumes for our entire cast.

£545 would pay one actor's wage for a week.

£600 would pay for the Venue Marketing costs.

£1,250 would pay for one person’s accommodation for 4 weeks.

£5,000 would pay for the hire fee of the venue for a month.

Our stretch target is £8,000

On top of the £5.5k this would ensure we could hire a lighting designer to create a visual language for the intrusive thoughts that will help clarify the OCD experience. As well as covering extra marketing costs to ensure that we get as many people as possible in the theatre, to spread awareness of PURE O and to enhance the future life of the play.

Any donation you could offer would be absolutely amazing and would enable us to use theatre as a tool to decrease the shame around PURE OCD, empower sufferers to seek help, and put on a show that will make a room full of people roar with laughter.  Donations would also help me - an emerging female creative - have my first professional debut and industry credit, and would enable a wider team of emerging freelancers to be showcased at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, providing a step-change in our creative careers and catalysing our future work. 

About The Company:

Our production team consists entirely of freelancers in the performing arts community, with the whole cast being Royal Welsh College graduates of the last year. 


Gabriella Foley - Writer/Cast

Gabriella is an actor/writer from London who graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2023. Her debut play ‘Flicker’ has been longlisted for the Victoria Wood Playwriting prize for comedy as well being described as ‘Funny, sad, serious, shapely and very particular and original!’ by West End playwright Bryony Lavery. Currently, Gabriella is immersed in her first short film project, ‘Brown Bread’ as well as filming for ITV’s ‘A Cruel Love: The Ruth Ellis Story.’ Theatre: Oppenheimer; Macbeth; The 39 Steps; Top Girls: Much Ado About Nothing; (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama).


Bethany Cooper - Co Producer 

Bethany is a theatre producer and founder of BCP which primarily focuses on new writing and championing female driven stories. BCP is supported by The Stage One Bursary Scheme for New Producers and a MGCfutures Bursary Recipient, and Bethany was awarded the 2022 Nicole Kidman Bursary which supports emerging female producers. BCP's first production Tapped by debut writer Katie Redford was Offie nominated for Most Promising Playwright. Bethany is also the Tour Producer for Battersea Arts Centre and is a proud board member of the charity Book, Music & Lyrics which nurtures the development of musical theatre librettists, composers and lyricists.


Hannah Farley-Hills - Co Producer.

Over the last 10 years, Hannah has worked on just shy of 35 professional productions both for organisations and independently, managed  7 Edinburgh fringe shows, 10 national tours and 2 international transfers, including Bacon by Sophie Swithinbank which did a 4 week run at Soho Playhouse in New York  in January 2024. In 2023, has was Associate Producer to international production company, Glynis Henderson Productions, working on Fix + Foxy’s Dark Noon. Prior to that, Hannah was Associate Producer to London new writing company, Arch 468, and an in house Producer at leading regional venue, The Marlowe, where she developed and ran the Hope Prize Writer Commission and Roar new writing programme. Hannah is also currently Executive Producer of early years and disability specialist theatre company, Toucan Theatre. Hannah received the Stage One Bursary in October 2020 and is an MGCfutures Bursary recipient. Hannah is a member of the League of Independent Producers.


Zoë Templeman-Young - Director

Zoë trained as an actor before becoming a freelance director in 2017. She was Shortlisted for the JMK Award 2024 and has been a Jerwood Assistant Director at the Young Vic. Her credits at the Young Vic include Associate Director (Hamlet)  and Director on placement (The Collaboration). Her other credits include a newly commissioned play from Marina Carr, Demeter (Young Vic, 5 Shorts), A Very Quiet Voice and 46 Jews (Emanate Productions at Kiln Theatre) and a new adaptation of Philip Pulman's The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage with Bryony Lavery for Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Her other productions at RWCMD include Angels in America and Indecent. She is a dramaturg and published playwright with her award-winning verbatim play Take Care. Zoë is also a tutor and mentor for young adults wanting to get into acting, as well as a mentor at Tunbridge Wells Welcomes Refugees.

Kasper Hilton-Hille - Cast 

Kasper Hilton-Hille graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2023. His theatre credits include That Face (Orange Tree Theatre) which was his professional debut and for which he was awarded Best Newcomer in the 2024 Offie Awards. He is currently appearing in the UK tour of The Glass Menagerie directed by Atri Banerjee (Rose Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Alexandra Palace Theatre).


Olivia Michi Shrenzel – Cast

Olivia is a Japanese actor who graduated from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. This is her first professional stage appearance.

Theatre: This is Not a Coup; The Welkin; Macbeth; Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties; Top Girls: Queen Margaret; (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama).

Film: The Man In My Basement (B.O.B. Filmhouse)



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

-Your name in our list of thanks as part of our show ‘free sheet’, handed out to all audience members post-show and a signed show poster!

£100 or more

£100 Reward

All of the above and… A thank you on our social media channels and HFH Productions/Bethany Cooper Productions’ websites!

£150 or more

£150 Reward

All of the above and… You will get free tickets to our London preview show for you and up to 4 guests!

£500 or more

£500 Reward

All of the above and… You will get 5 free tickets to be used across our Edinburgh run on any dates of your choosing and a post-show meet and greet with the cast and creative team!

£1,000 or more

£1000+ Reward

All of the above and… You’ll get a sneak peak of our show with a visit to our rehearsal room and early read of our production script as well as a Flicker t-shirt!

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