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The Acid Test - Tour Fundraising 2022

A project by: Charlotte Hammond


WE RAISED £1,086

from 18 donors

This project received pledges on Thu 30 Jun 2022
Help us raise money to tour our production of Anya Reiss' The Acid Test

A short summary of OUR project

We are fundraising to take our production of Anya Reiss' The Acid Test on a UK based tour, including theatre festivals. We need to raise around £3000 to cover the costs of production rights, travel, accommodation and production costs - so please donate today!

If we raise £500, YuFund will match that donation and we will be even closer to achieving our goal! 

Who are we?

We are Divine Riot Theatre - a group of five female creatives who are soon to be graduating from the University of York.

                                                        Charlotte Hammond - Director

                                                       Melissa Cartwright - Designer 

                                                            Becky Banner - Actor

                                                               Ellie Butcher - Actor

                                                               Zoe Freeman - Actor


our story

As young people, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us greatly. Theatre came to a standstill for nearly two years of our University degree, and we have done everything to get back into the theatre industry. Although we have continued to learn through our degree, we have missed out on valuable hands-on experience that would have further shaped our learning. This opportunity will provide us with the skills and experience that we simply cannot obtain from University. Additionally, we would love to show future students, theatre-makers and young people that young artists can succeed!

We are a group of girls from different areas of the UK and are passionate about making young female voices heard in the creative industry. We created this company to start a platform for female creatives to have an opportunity to showcase their own ideas and work. 

It is a fantastic opportunity for us to kick-start our careers and enter into the world of theatre. We have spent the past three years working towards this point, and would absolutely love to take everything we’ve learnt and apply it to a touring amateur production. We are eager to continue learning the different aspects of how touring a show works and believe this is the perfect opportunity to learn on the job.

We finish our degree with a module called the Independent Group Project (performing June 2022). This module is designed to act as a launch-pad to take our performance touring. It would be such an exciting and valuable venture if we are able to graduate with our performance of The Acid Test and take it straight on tour!

Where will the money go?

  • Venue costs 
  • Performance rights (£100 per show)
  • Music rights 
  • Travel (petrol/ train costs)
  • Accommodation
  • Production (set, costume, makeup, props)
  • Marketing (posters, leaflets, programmes)
  • Company uniform
  • Contingency 


We have some fab rewards to thank everyone who donates, whatever the amount you might give! All rewards above £10 include the reward of the previous amount. 

£5 - Virtual 'thank you!' on our socials

£10 - Personal video message 

£20 - 'Thank you' in our programme

£35 - Written 'thank you' from The Acid Test team 

£50 - Personal gift and 'thank you'

£75 - Pre-show meet and greet 

£100 - Tea, cake and Q&A

£250 - All of the above and The Acid Test t-shirt!  

Find us here

Follow our socials to see our progress as we begin our rehearsal process and bring The Acid Test to life!

Instagram: @divine.riot.theatre

Facebook: @divineriottheatre

YouTube: @Divine Riot Theatre

Help us succeed!

  • You don't just need to give money to help us succeed! Please share this project with anyone you think would support us – on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, by email, telephone, TikTok, or in a chat over the fence.
  • In fact, share it with everyone you know as we think it's a great idea, and the more people who know about it, the more likely we are to make this work out!