Crowd funding appeal for Edinburgh Festival’s God’s Own Country

Joel Samuels

Fine Mess Theatre has today launched a 40-day crowd funding campaign ( to take an adaptation of Ross Raisin’s critically acclaimed novel, God’s Own Country, to the Edinburgh Fringe 2014.

Fine Mess Theatre co-founders, Joel Samuels and Kyle Ross, have written the script for a one-man show, which, if successfully funded, will be directed by upcoming director, Anthony Lau and be performed between August 1–25 at Zoo Southside.

Ross Raisin read their script and said: “What you hope for, if somebody is adapting your work, is that they do so with care and integrity and passion.

“This company has these things in abundance. An adaptation shouldn’t be an exact rendering of the original, but instead something new and fresh, that stands as a piece of theatre in its own right, which this production will do”.

The novel tells the story of young North Yorkshire farmer, Sam Marsdyke. If funded, Joel and Kyle will perform the one-man show during the festival, on alternate nights.

The crowd funding campaign hopes to raise £5,000 to cover venue hire, adaptation rights and publicity.

In return for financial support, the company has put a wide range of rewards on offer, from dedicated and signed copies of the novel to a private home performance of the show.

There is even an opportunity to have a cameo in the show at Edignburgh.

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