The Bookies

by Mikey & Joe in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Total raised £725

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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 10th July 2024 at 12:40pm

The Bookies is a black comedy set in Edinburgh written in Scots. Our aim is to start a conversation about gambling addiction & FOBT machines

by Mikey & Joe in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Hello everyone. We are very grateful that you've took the time to visit our page. We are absolutely buzzing that our play, The Bookies has gotten into the prestigious Summerhall for this years Fringe. Summerhall is "the heart of the fringe" - David Greig, and we wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else. We believe, The Bookies would be well worth backing and we would be grateful for any support. 

We can't wait to see you at Summerhall for The Bookies.


Written by Joe McCann & Mikey Burnett

Directed by Eleanor Felton

Produced by Kit Bromovsky 

Co-produced by Virág-Tóth


Edinburgh Fringe Festival 

Summerhall (Venue 26)

1 August 2024 - 26 August 2024

Time: 19:35 ( 75 mins )


"They want their degenerates gamblin oanline. Nae Christmas fur the bairns. Nae roof oor their heids. Divorce proceedins in the post. Suicide, probably. That’s this companies wet f***** dream." - Pat 

The Bookies had a hit run at Dundee Rep Theatre in May 2022 and it seems more timely than ever for the play to return. The original production was directed by Scot Squad star, Sally Reid & starred Barrie Hunter, Benji Osuga, Irene Macdougall & Ewan Donald. The script was dramaturged by Douglas Maxwell. We now have a new director, a new cast and a new producer for this hit play. 

The Bookies is set in an Edinburgh betting shop and it is perfect for a Fringe audience. Summerhall is the ideal home for The Bookies Edinburgh debut. 

Commissioned and first production produced by Dundee Rep Theatre. 

Please note the video footage is from the first production. 


Two Edinburgh bookies feel the pressure of signing customers up for online betting accounts, signing their own jobs away in the process. They come up with a plan to fight back. But a mountaineer from Everest gets in their way. The Bookies is a warts and all examination of the contemporary betting industry in the UK. Tackling the damage it causes, the toll it takes on those who work in the business and those who gamble, all told through the eyes of a veteran bookmaker and his young black cashier.


"Bold and witty" - The Scotsman

"An exciting and shocking new black comedy'' - The Wee Review

"Sharp, cynical, comedy'' - The Stage


The Bookies is a contemporary tale that aims to challenge the modern day gambling industry. That being said, the play is fantastic fun and has everything from dark comedy, to thrills, to surrealism. There is a bookies on every high street and every deprived town and we have created an authentic but entraining story crafted around the business. With our focus largely set upon the "Crack cocaine of gambling" FOBT machines (Fixed Odds Betting Terminals), our story takes place just prior to governmental legislation which mandated that max spins on these machines be capped to £2 from £100.

Our aim is always to bring our work to people who ordinarily do not attend theatre and The Fringe gives us the chance to bring The Bookies to the local working class community that we belong to.


Venue Costs

Summerhall is a wonderful venue and it is a curated programme that we are delighted to be a part of. Your contribution will help towards paying for the venue.


Our show has already been mentioned in The Scotsman as a must see at this years festival but we aim to buy poster space and create a unique marketing campaign that will bring the play to as many people as possible. 


Some of our team come from outside Edinburgh and we will strive to pay for all their travel costs. 

Production Costs

We want the show to look as good as it can and any help will allow us to realise that.


Eleanor Felton - Director

Eleanor holds her MFA in Theatre Directing from Birkbeck University and was resident assistant director at the Citizens Theatre for their 22/23 season. Recent directing credits include Cavalleria Rusticana and Gianni Schicchi (Fife Opera), Don't Shoot the Albatross (GOYA Theatre), Have You Heard (Nora Productions), and The Comedy of Errors (Cambridge Shakespeare Festival). 

Kit Bromovsky - Producer

Kit is a London based Theatre Producer. Kit has produced alongside companies such as Polka Theatre, Little Angel Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, Soldiers Arts Academy and HERE ARTS centre NYC.  

Mikey Burnett - Writer

Mikey is an Edinburgh playwright and screenwriter who writes predominantly in the east coast vernacular. His short film, In Her Corner, adapted from his Fringe 2019 hit play of the same name was an Official selection at The Berlin British Short Film Festival. The stage play version was shortlisted for The Papatango new writing prize as well as being longlisted for Theatre 503's new writing award. He has also written on commission for the London theatre company, Paines Plough. As a playwright he has previously won an attachment to The Traverse Theatre, as part of the prestigious 'Traverse fifty'.

Joe McCann - Writer

Joe McCann is a black writer from Glasgow. He is compelled to tell stories about the black working-class experience. His piece, Alföld was directed by Dominic Hill as a part of A Play, A Pie and A Pint's 2022 autumn season and received a nomination for The Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS). He was attached to The Traverse Theatre as part of the Traverse 50.


Francesca Hess

Francesca is an actor and writer from Nottingham, based in Glasgow. After training at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she was selected as the Citizens Theatre Graduate Actor of 2022. Francesca is currently part of the Royal Court Writers Group, where she is developing her first play, that face should form another, with support from Nottingham Playhouse. Recent acting credits include: FLEG, Alföld (A Play, A Pie & A Pint/Citizens Theatre), Storytelling (A Play, A Pie & a Pint/ Lemon Tree Aberdeen), Red Riding Hood, A Comedy of Errors (Citizens Theatre) Four to the Floor (Channel4/ Lemonade Money).

Ruaraidh Murray 

Ruaraidh's an actor, writer, and director selected for BBC Scottish Voices and Short Circuit's Convergence. As an actor he's known for the award-winning feature film Night Bus (BFI LFF Official Selection), Trainspotting (UK No.1 Tour), Borgia (Canal+), Colours Run (4Play/Traverse Theatre), and Bob Servant (BBC). His critically acclaimed solo shows Big Sean, Mikey and Me, Bath Time and Boxman, and his plays Allie and The Club all premiered at Gilded Balloon for Edfringe between 2012 to 2016 and toured both the UK (including Vault Festival and the Park Theatre, London) and internationally (Under St. Marks Theater, NYC). His new play The Pentlands recently performed to critical acclaim at the Traverse Theatre, and he's just written and directed the short film The Finger, shot in Leith.

Dayton Mungai

Dayton is a Scottish actor based in Glasgow. He completed two years of the Juniors programme at the RCS. He is now in his first year studying the BA acting course at Royal conservatoire Of Scotland His recent acting credits include : Streetcar Named Desire - Mitch (Juniors RCS) Three sisters - Kulygin/Ferapont (RCS) and Sweet and Sad - Tim (RCS).  His new play The Pentlands recently performed to critical acclaim at the Traverse Theatre, and he's just written and directed the short film The Finger, shot in Leith.

Fraser Wood

Fraser turned to professional acting later in life and graduated from East 15 Drama School in 2017. He has been involved in a number of productions since; and has also recently gone on to study at the Philippe Gaulier Acting School in France. 


We hope that like up in Dundee this play will go down a storm in Edinburgh and it is given a chance to tour Scotland and beyond. It's a truly original piece of theatre written by two working class artists and we believe it can be a hit anywhere it goes.

You can find more info on The Bookies here & here.


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The Write Up

Co-writers Joe McCann & Mikey Burnett will write you your very own scene.

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