Help On Ego Get To The Fringe!

A project by: Vanessa Ostick


WE RAISED £3,105

from 60 donors

This project received pledges on Sun 03 Jul 2016
A dynamic physical, multimedia exploration of relationships, humanity and what it means to be unique

Who are we?

We are Mind Over Matter Theatre Collective.

We are comprised of current second and third year students, and graduates from the Department of Theatre, Film & Television at the University of York. Winners of the 2015 York Performance Award, we’re an eclectic bunch with varied skills in theatre, performance, choreography, film, design and music composition. 

Our aim is to give heart to matters of the mind through honest physical productions that combine art, science and philosophy in their simplest forms. We want to get people talking about the questions that often seem bigger than us all.

The Show

Jason Ryall, Mind Over Matter associate director, found On Ego a number of years ago and unable to stop thinking about it, proposed it to his friends in late 2014. It was produced in February 2015 as part of Platform Theatre Society at the University of York. This heartfelt and unusual production, embedding neuroscience and philosophy within its narrative, received an incredible response from theatre goers and non-theatre goers alike;

“A powerful theatrical debate on how the brain creates a sense of self and identity and whether it is possible to reconstruct it […] It’s thought provoking, engaging, and incredibly relevant.” - A Younger Theatre
“This is something that will stick in the mind days after encountering it” - York Vision
“A simplistic play constructed as an alloy of Theatre, Music, Dance and Film did not sound like my cup of tea...spoiler alert: they proved me wrong.” - The Hippo Collective
“I have left having learnt something, having felt something, and wanting to do something.” James Ralph, The View from Wherever

Why donate to this project?

Unfortunately, as a company founded by recent graduates, we don’t have access to much needed funding. Putting together a professional production of this scale requires a great deal of resources. We want as many people as possible to see this production, and hopefully be as inspired by it as we are!

‘It’s almost a show for people who don’t like theatre. It gets people excited about theatre again! And that is why I think donating to this project is brilliant because it’s not just about one show; it’s about a collective who are interested in creating theatre for everyone, and getting everyone creating theatre!' 
Scott Hurley, 3rd year BA Writing, Directing & Performance student 

This project is also providing a boost for us York students who are about to embark on a difficult year breaking into the industry. Working with Mind Over Matter is giving us a rare opportunity and professional insight into what its like to try to make your own work and establish yourself after graduating.

With this in mind, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the perfect place for us to showcase our work, meet other professionals and hopefully open the door to future adventures.

However, this adventure has a cost that’s why we need your help. 

Where will the money go? 

The full budget for the production is £5,350

Here is the breakdown:

Venue £3000

Fringe Registration Fee  £295.20

Set £300

Lighting Hire £350

Rights to On Ego £650

Flyers and Posters £300

Screen & projector hire £450

TOTAL : £5,345.20

If we hit our minimum, we can cover the venue hire with the help of our £1000 York Performance Award Grant. If we manage to raise our aim of £3000 we will be well on our way to covering all of the extra costs to will make this production as exceptional as it can be!


We can't wait to share our work with you. If you donate, we aim to be in touch every step of the way in the form of our rewards. These are featured on the right hand side of the page.

NB. As we are unable to pay travel and accommodation expenses as part of our rewards, we understand that not everyone will be able to make it up to see the show in Edinburgh. If you unfortunately cannot attend, we'd love to arrange tickets for you to see the show in York later in the year. If this is also not possible, we'd be thrilled to arrange for you to attend one of our rehearsals more locally if we can!

Help us succeed! 

Anything you are able to donate will help, and will be rewarded with our eternal gratitude! Even if you cannot donate, please help us get the word out by sharing this project on Facebook, Twitter, on your blog, or with anyone you think would support us.

And we know we said you don't need to give money to help us, but we'd love it if you did! Please sponsor us and help make this happen. Now let’s accomplish our goal and create something special.

Twitter: @M_MatterTheatre

Instagram: @mindovermatter_theatre for sneak peeks on our journey to the Fringe! 


Thank you from all of us at Mind Over Matter!

Video by Tom Leatherbarrow, BA(Hons) Film & Television Production Graduate 2015
Photograph Credit: Rosie Copland-Mann