Dangerous Giant Animals

£15,473 of £25,000 goal

Raised by 171 people in 7 months
Created June 15, 2018
THANK YOU for all of your support in helping my new solo show 'Dangerous Giant Animals'  premiere in theatres in London, Edinburgh, and New York City!

Any further donations will help support future performances of DGA around the world!

For London performances in October and November of DANGEROUS GIANT ANIMALS,
please visit my website: www.christinamurdock.com for information and to purchase tickets.

I’m Christina Murdock, the writer and performer of my debut solo show called Dangerous Giant Animals. The show premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland this August as well as at the United Solo Festival in New York City this September.  We had four preview performances at top Fringe theatres in London in July.

Why am I doing this show now?

My goal with this show is to bring attention and connection to the world of disability, through my lens as a sibling. We don’t have enough stories being told about disability and especially not about disability from the family or sibling perspective. This show is about promoting awareness and compassion for people with disabilities and those that care for them.

To perform in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is not only a dream come true; it also puts me on the map as an international artist. It is an unparalleled professional opportunity because top theatres, producers, and agents from all over the world come to the Fringe to scout for new talent every year.

What is Dangerous Giant Animals?

Dangerous Giant Animals is a darkly comedic solo show that explores how challenging, surreal, and rewarding disability in a family can be. The show is based on my experiences of being a middle child and growing up with my younger sister who is severely disabled.  She has severe developmental delays as well as mild cerebral palsy, speech apraxia, and severe epilepsy (absence seizures).

The show follows my sister’s love of dangerous giant animals in movies like Jurassic Park and Jaws, her comparable behavior to them when she tantrums, and my struggle as her care-taking older sister to shut down my own animal impulses. The show is an hour of humour and heartbreak that confronts the costs of acting out versus holding it all in.

Who am I?

I'm an American actor, writer, and trained opera singer originally from San Francisco. I came over to London three years ago for my MA in Acting from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. I fell in love with London and the innovative and exciting theatre that's happening here. This show is my debut as a playwright and theatremaker.

When and where are you performing?

-I am performing previews of my show on July 14th, 17th, and 26th in London at the Kings Head, Old Red Lion, and Theatre503.

-I am performing my show every day at 12pm from August 2-26th in Edinburgh, Scotland, for a total of 24 performances. Yes, I have to quit my day job for the month!

-I am performing my show in New York City at Theatre Row on 42nd Street in September during the opening weekend of the United Solo Festival.

- I’m hoping to get a full run (at least one week) of my show at theatres in London and New York City.

-I'm hoping to perform it in my home city of San Francisco this autumn. I have dreams of performing in the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia in March 2019.

What is Edinburgh Fringe Festival? I think I’ve heard of it...

Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the largest performing arts festival in the world. For the entire month of August, the small city of Edinburgh, Scotland (normal population is ½ a million) hosts 3 million visitors, 3,000 shows, and 30,000 performers.
It’s HUGE.
This is a blessing and a curse.
The blessing is that newbie-nobody’s like me can apply and perform in it, as it’s one of the last open-access opportunities in the world that any performer can apply to be apart of.
The curse is that it takes a lot of resources ($$$£££) to perform in it and to make your show stand out amongst the thousands.

How is your money being spent?

Basically on cupcakes. All the cupcakes.
And also…

Donations will support:

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Run 
   -Festival and Venue Fees (it’s pay-to-play!)
   -Housing for the month (it’s 3x rent in London!)
   -A ridiculously big Marketing budget for the next three months to make my show stand out amongst 3,000 other shows
   -Hiring a top PR firm to promote my show
   -Printing promo materials (posters, flyers)
   -Performance Insurance

United Solo Festival Run in NYC 
   -Festival and Venue hire fees
   -Flights to the US from London
   -Housing in NYC
   -Performance Insurance

General Show Production Costs 
   -Hiring a full creative team to help make this show alive and awesome, which includes a:
               -PR/Marketing firm
               -Lighting and Sound designers
               -Stage Manager
   -Four preview performances in London (at top Fringe theatres)
   -Rehearsal room rentals (not cheap in London)
   -Marketing and publicity for the show
   -Graphic Design for printed and online materials
   -Videography (like Stolen Cactus who filmed the video!)
   -Engagement with groups that support disabled/carer communities

Risk Assessment

The risks for this show are minimal as its been developed with support from The Actor's Center and The Pleasance Theatre in London. This, along with an amazing team and a strong marketing and PR strategy, will allow us to achieve our creative and artistic goals.

Please pass this campaign and the show information onto anyone who you think would want to support it.

Thank You!
I literally couldn't do this without your support. Thank you from my whole heart for helping to make this dream come true!

For more information on the show, performances, and tickets, please visit my website here: www.christinamurdock.com 

Social: @DGAplay  #DangerousGiantAnimals

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Update 2
Posted by Christina Murdock
5 months ago
We are 9 days into Edinburgh Fringe Festival!

It's absolute madness and such a rollercoaster! I'm pouring every ounce of energy into performing the show every day at 12pm, growing our audiences (10-30ppl daily so far!), taking care of myself, and enjoying other world-class artists and performances.

So this is a quick GIANT THANK YOU to everyone who donated - your money is literally, physically going into us making Dangerous Giant Animals happen at EdFringe! Eg paying for show badges, t-shirts, flyers, flyerers, lighting equipment, set design, costume, team members pay, etc!

We've also been getting great press:


Please follow me on Facebook and Instagram for DAILY updates on me/the show!
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Update 1
Posted by Christina Murdock
7 months ago
HUGE Thank Yous to Everyone!! With you immense support, we have hit the halfway mark! It's incredibly and fills my heart!
We have one week to go so thank you for spreading the word to others who might want to support me and my show!
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