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TL:DR: Small Scale arts venue gets £10,000 of damage by vandals in PUTNEY.

Fragility Takeover was founded in 2016 by two artists to give artists and audiences a fair experience in London Theatre. We wanted to give artists a safe, low risk, low fee space to try and make a decent living from their performances without ever skimping on the quality of the venues or the experience for the audience.

People often don't realise that only two of us orchestrate all three sites that see 68 companies and around 2000 audience through their doors for three weeks every year.

These venues get a modest grant but are primarily financed, up front, by credit cards and in kind gestures.

On Saturday morning we arrived at our flagship venue, The Putney Arches to find that someone had broken into our tent venue. They hadn't stolen anything but they had cut open three of the four canvas walls, sliced through hundreds of pounds of electrical cabling and, most tragically, cut through nine custom sized theatrical drapes, on loan to us by our kind supporters at Putney Arts Theatre.

Like we said, nothing got stolen, but this calculated and precise campaign of destruction has done close to £10,000 of damage. Luckily no one was hurt (including the vandals.. because an inexperienced electrician cutting live wires on a wet and rainy morning could have ended very differently).

Yesterday we managed to put on all 14 of our scheduled performances with minimal problems and we'll be running another full week of programmes over five exciting venues next week, but we face the realisation that £10,000 of damage is substantially more than the amount we can ever dream to make from this festival.

If. nothing else, we'd like to return Putney Arts some new, uncut drapes so that they can continue to support community theatre for the coming year without problems. Anything else we can gain here will go towards buying new tech equiptment and in the dream scenario we will have the money to afford to pay our bar, front of house and technical staff for the volunteer overtime they all did today.

Any amount you can afford, especially if you are local and have enjoyed the positive impact we've been committed to making in your area, would be greatly appreciated.

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Charlie and Andrew


  • Lelia Greci
    • £10 
    • 6 yrs


Andrew Slvrwood

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