Thunderstruck Play At The Edinburgh Fringe 2019

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Raised by 70 people in 4 months

When I was a teenager I saw Gordon Duncan play the bagpipes, his music changed me and made me fall in love with pipes and Scottish Folk music. It is a moment that has never left me. When, in 2017 I lost my dad to Cancer I found myself depressed and I did the only thing I thought I could do, I wrote a play. Initially, it was just a good excuse to sit in coffee shops but 12 months later I found I had written a play about the transformative power of music, more specifically about the night a teenage boy watched a bin man from Perth change the world.

From that point all we had to do was convince Scottish theatres that what the world needs right now is a play about bagpipes! It took us two years, but finally “Thunderstuck” is coming to Edinburgh for a full run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019!

Thunderstruck’s journey to the fringe has been unconventional to say the least. After it sold out preview performances in Dunfermline and London, we were invited to perform at the Piping Live! Festival in Glasgow, only the second theatrical play ever to be invited to perform at the festival of bagpipes that surrounds the world pipe band championships. Brilliantly the play was performed on the stage in which the finale of the production is set. But it was our final two previews at The Tron Theatre in Glasgow, as part of the folk festival Celtic Connections, where those in Scottish theatre realised that we had put together something far greater than just a play about bagpipes.

We had a play about Scotland, about music, about genius, about redemption and about how those from the most humble back grounds can change the world. In the weeks following Celtic Connections we received multiple offers to take the play forward. We have now accepted an offer from Assembly Festival to have our press night at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 in their 240 seater Assembly Checkpoint venue. 

We were unsuccessful in securing ‘Made in Scotland’ funding after they unfortunately didn’t make it to the Tron Theatre to see us, but this is where you come in. We are looking for donations, however small, to make sure our band and production team get paid and have a roof over their head during the festival. You’ll also be helping us market the show, making sure as many people as possible come to see us. However small your donation you’ll be part of the team that makes Thunderstruck’s 2019 Edinburgh Fringe run happen! 

To everyone who decides to contribute we are enormously grateful to you for helping “Thunderstruck” become the smash hit, runaway success story of the Edinburgh Fringe 2019. 




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We have received a few private donations who wish to remain anonymous. As such our total has come down. Nearly there!
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We are delighted to announce that we have received a wonderful donation from Amazon, predominately its facility in Dunfermline. It will cover our band costs for the duration of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and takes a massive bite out of our total. It is absolutely huge news for us and we owe a massive thanks to Mum, Isobel and Morag for making it happen. It means we have slightly new artwork and our total will br greatly reduced. See you all in August, get your tickets now.
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What we can do for you;

£500 or more
Your name will be featured clearly on the cover of the Thunderstruck programme for the Edinburgh Fringe (should you wish it) and a personal copy of the programme, signed by all the cast and crew will be yours on request.

Please state clearly the name you wish to be on the programme cover.

+David will play bagpipes anywhere of your choosing subject to availability. (Travel must also be paid separate to donation)
+Lunch with David during the Fringe on request. (subject to availability)

£250 or more
David will play bagpipes anywhere of your choosing (subject to availability). Travel must also be paid separate to donation.
+Autographed programme

£100 or more
Personal thank you video message on Social Media
+Autographed programme.

£50 or more
Personal thank you video message on Social Media.

£20 or more
Shout out on Social media

£1 or more
The exhilaration of knowing that you helped make Thunderstruck the smash hit of the 2019 Fringe.
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