A mum of two from London has launched a campaign to raise enough money to take her London music sketch show to the Edinburgh Fringe and is offering investors the chance to become credited producers of the show.
Ezme Gaze, 34, who has a teenage daughter called Star and three year old son called Otto, was a founding member of the ‘virtuosic string quartet’ Bowjangles six years ago – a group that brings together aspects of classical music, energetic dance, vocal performance and comedy.
A classically trained cellist who studied at the Royal College of Music, Ezme has travelled the world with Bowjangles (from Barbados to Brisbane), yet despite rave reviews and success the group have never been able to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival, because of the cost.
According to Ezme “We’ve always dreamed of performing at The Fringe as the opportunities can be life changing; the city is packed with directors, producers and agents for the month of August. But the cost of staging a show can be around £10,000 and like most UK performers we simply haven’t been able to afford to go”.
To help them achieve their goal Ezme has launched an innovative online campaign through free global fundraising site www.zequs.com to raise the £6,160 the group needs to afford the venue hire, lighting and promotional material to stage their new show ‘On The Box’ (the rest of the money will be financed by the four members of Bowjangles themselves).
As part of their pitch, Bowjangles are offering investors the chance to become named producers of the show with their name credited in the programme, with added incentives for larger donations, including CDs and DVDs, limited edition t-shirts and even lessons from the group members or even live home performances.
The group itself stars Ezme, Bertie Anderson (35), Ed Bruggemeyer (38) and Mitch McGugan (25) who all previously worked as Covent Garden street performers to hone their skills. It was while working in Covent Garden that they discovered a new type of performance art combining their love of classical music, comedy and showmanship – and Bowjangles was born.“Going to Edinburgh would be hugely important for us” says Ezme, “it would take our profile to a whole new level and also give people the opportunity to have a small stake in the festival itself.”
If you’d like to see Ezme and Bowjangles in action, they are performing at The Pleasance Theatre in Islington, London, on April 7th 2014.