Basil, Sybil and Manuel launch 2020 Clown Doctors campaign at Adelaide Fringe

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is launching its third successive year of fundraising for Clown Doctors at Adelaide Fringe – then continuing its collection efforts at Sydney Opera House and Melbourne International Comedy Festival as well as selected venues around Australia throughout the year. 

After the last two years of bucket-shaking, audiences have donated over $35,000 – a figure we cannot wait to build on this year. 

The show began its charity work back in 2009, by fundraising for BBC Children in Need at Edinburgh Fringe. Every year since, the UK cast has kicked off its annual fundraising campaign at the world’s largest annual arts festival, adding more and more UK tour venues to the collections schedule year-on-year… 

…so this year the Faultys are looking to replicate that annual launch in their Australian charity drive with Clown Doctors – by launching at Adelaide Fringe and moving on to lots of other venues nationwide. Adelaide being a perfect place, given that it’s the world’s second-largest annual arts festival (second only, that is, to our dear old Edinburgh!). 

This year will be extra special as it’s the show’s longest ever run at Adelaide Fringe. Not only that, but Clown Doctors will be launching their entire 2020 fundraising campaign alongside ITI at the show’s first performance of the festival on 21 February. 

Looking ahead to this year’s collaboration, Vanessa Cavuto Sajben of The Humour Foundation – the organisers of the Clown Doctors initiative – said:  

‘The Clown Doctors are incredibly happy to be partnered with Faulty Towers The Dining Experience. As the show itself is largely improvised, the partnership is a fantastic match as the Clown Doctors also use improvisational skills to create humour as a diversional therapy. So we thank the actors for their support collecting, and the show’s audiences for their generous contributions.’ 

The Clown Doctors team may be small in number, but the work that they undertake is as far-reaching as it is deeply enriching. The initiative works with 24 hospitals across Australia, interacting with children, families and hospital staff over 240,000 times a year. You can read more about their incredible work here.  

This ‘small company, large impact’ mentality strikes a chord with everyone at Faulty HQ – a company which begun in Brisbane back in 1997 with one cast and one show and has now performed in 41 countries with over 40 actors. All the while retaining its family-run roots. 

This year’s Adelaide Fringe all-star cast of Rob Langston, Anthony Sottile and Rebecca Fortuna are looking forward to getting stuck in with Clown Doctors collecting during their 29-performance record-breaking run at Adelaide Fringe, 21 February-15 March.   

They’ll then be carrying the collecting buckets to the show’s 14th year at Melbourne International Comedy Festival and collect there too 31 March-5 April – while another team fundraise at Sydney Opera House 17-21 March. 

Adelaide Fringe performances run daily* at 7pm, plus 1pm at weekends, 21 February-15 March at Stamford Plaza Adelaide, 150 North Terrace, Adelaide 5000.  

*ex Wednesdays 

For info and tickets click here 

More on the show at www.faultytowersdining.com  

More on Clown Doctors at www.humourfoundation.org.au.  

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