One month to go!

Scarily, it’s only one month until we’re at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! On August 11th we have our tech rehearsal before going straight into opening night on Friday 12th of August at Venue45. Needless to say, we’re excited and terrified in equal measure.

Our crowdfunding campaign, which we launched in May, was a great success, raised 102% of our goal, £621 in total. We can’t believe it! We’re so thankful to all backers and all those who shared our campaign across cyber space.

We made a 15 minute video on early rehearsals back in May which shows ENTRAILS coming together. Needless to say a lot of fun is being had…

Our posters and flyers have gone off to print and people are buying their tickets to see us in August. If you’ve been umming and ahhing over coming to see us you can see more info on the EdFringe website here:  

There will be more from us soon as the dance starts to approach its final form, ready for public consumption.

– Parachute Dance

Crowdfunding Entrails!

Today we’re delighted – and terrified, but mostly delighted – to be launching our Indiegogo campaign to help us take Entrails to the Edinburgh Fringe.

A shot from rehearsals

A shot from rehearsals

A little catch-up for anybody who hasn’t been following this project so far: this is Parachute Dance’s first ever production. Entrails is a dance theatre show. Entrails is the vision of our choreographer and director Róisín O’Brien, who has been inspired by the tragedy, the comedy and the themes of human fragility in Catch-22, the renowned novel by Joseph Heller. Since Parachute Dance was founded late last year, we’ve been working hard to make this vision a reality. It’s a hell of a process! The Fringe is an amazingly inclusive arena, but getting a show put on is a demanding task for a group of young people with no financial backing behind them. As well as the fun difficulties – the creative struggles that Róisín and the dancers face as they attempt to put together an exciting, meaningful piece of art which will excite Fringe audiences – there’s also a lot of administrative legwork involved in venue hire, Fringe registration, and organising insurance and accommodation and all of the other logistical complications. And there are a lot of costs.

The final poster!

The final poster!

We’ve tried our best to look for external funding, and we applied to several arts funding schemes. But unsurprisingly the competition for such things is outrageously intense, and so far all of the costs have come out of our own pockets – which isn’t easy given that we’re trying to juggle various part-time and freelance jobs with our various creative ambitions (not to mention London rents!). One of the most significant costs of all is the venue hire – a cool £2000 for a two-week run (August 12-27) at theSpace @ Venue 45. This is paid in three instalments, one of which comes in at £600.

So to help us make this dream a reality, we’re asking for help. If we can raise our goal of £600 from this crowdfunding campaign, then we’re one instalment closer to actually making this thing work. We’re not expecting the show to run at a profit – if we can sell enough tickets to mitigate some of our own losses we’ll be thrilled. Entrails is a labour of love, and we’d love you too if you can help us to make it real.

But this isn’t just about supplication, cap in hand. This is also about asking you to come with us. We’re putting together all kinds of fun perks for people who back the campaign – nothing that breaks the bank, because that would defeat the purpose, but something a bit more personal. Anyone who contributes will get to see behind-the-scenes updates from the rehearsals and the creative process behind Entrails. You really will get to come with us on a journey.


Perks and perks and perks

There’s lots of cool stuff on offer at different reward tiers – depending on the amount you contribute. You can get personalised messages of thanks from us, including a wee video of a special choreographed thank-you from the Entrails dancers. We’ll draw you pictures (Laura‘s not bad at drawing) and write you stories (Aran will create characters and a setting of your choice!). We’ll invite you to come and join us in a party in Edinburgh with the cast and production team behind Entrails. And of course you can get some very special loot to keep as well – flyers of the show (want us to sign ‘em? We’ll sign ‘em!) and Parachute Dance pin-badges. And of course if you contribute enough then we’ll throw in a ticket to the show itself. The show which is the point of this whole thing.

Tickets to Entrails are already on sale (eep!) so we want to create a great dance; put on an unforgettable show at the Edinburgh Fringe. We want to be part of that whole scintillating artistic environment of the Fringe. Make a little place for ourselves amongst all the clowns and the dancers and the drama and the dramaturgy of that wonderful city in August.

You can watch our crowdfunding video at the top of this post, and there’s a link to the campaign itself up there too and another one down HERE. Please help us and come with us and be part of this whole mad thing that we’re doing. We’re not looking for a free ride, we’re looking for a few helping hands along the way to making something we think can be really worthwhile. We’d love it if that help came from you.



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Parachute Dance presents…ENTRAILS!


It’s taken us a while but we’re very excited that our dance theatre piece based on Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 will be called…


Or #entrails for you hashtagging types. A couple of days ago we pressed that very scary ‘Register’ button on the Edinburgh Fringe registration software. There’s no going back now. We have our main image from a photoshoot with one of our dancers, Tillie (read more about her here).


A bit more about Entrails, as it will appear in the Fringe brochure:

‘Entrails’ is a contemporary dance theatre piece that presents an urgent, dark, and absurd look at our human bodies. Bodies that malfunction, yet persist. Bodies that are denigrated and manipulated. Bodies that resist.

Inspired by Joseph Heller’s ‘Catch-22’, we confront our fragility, our messiness, and our transience.  


That’s all for now. Please check back soon for more info, some rehearsal footage and other goodies.

Parachute Dance

Call for dancers!

PARACHUTE DANCE are looking to recruit 1-3 London based dancers for our Edinburgh Fringe show. Rehearsals will begin in South London in March, and the show runs from 11-27 August in Edinburgh.

More details now from our choreographer and director, Róisín:



Hey guys, as you may have seen, myself and a few others (‘Parachute Dance’) are putting on a fringe show in Edinburgh from the 11th to the 27th of August! (See our website below). The dance theatre piece will be using Joseph Heller’s ‘Catch 22’ as a starting point. We are now looking for 1-3 more dancers to complete our group.

As choreographer, I’m looking for people who are confident movers with a solid contemporary technique (ballet backgrounds and confidence in floorwork also desirable) but also people who are willing to experiment with voice and acting. The creative process will be a mix of improvisation on the dancers’ part and taught choreography. Rehearsals will begin in March, around one to two sessions a week, with an increase in intensity in the months running up to August. Rehearsals will be at Laban and GDA.

Unfortunately, we can’t offer payment for this project, as we are funding this ourselves and all funds will go towards venue hire and props, etc. However, accommodation costs should be reduced significantly, and you will be provided with a venue pass to see free shows where we’re performing. Plus, we hope that working on a project as a small group and performing it at one of the biggest arts festivals in the world will be a really enjoyable experience!

If you would like more information, please email me through roisintobrien2 [at] gmail (dot) com. If you would like to be considered, could you send through a short biography of your experience and any dance footage you think is appropriate.

Cheers! Róisín

Introduction to Parachute Dance

Hi. We’re Parachute Dance. And we’re going to put on a show!

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A contemporary dance show. A show in Edinburgh. A Fringe show! A two-and-a-bit week run of a show, that mixes dance with physical theatre, that draws inspiration from the comedy and the tragedy of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. Our first ever show!

So who are we?

Our choreographer and director is Róisín O’Brien (@roisintobrien), and all this is her idea. Róisín’s in her second year of a diploma in Dance Studies at Trinity Laban in London, having previously studied English Literature at Edinburgh Uni and Film Studies at UCL. She first started to think about putting on a Fringe show during her first year at Laban; but in 2015, she decided to make it happen.

Cut to a kitchen table in an Edinburgh flat, late 2015. Laura Jones (@laurafjones) and Aran Ward Sell (@aranws, typing this now) enthusiastically signed up to co-produce the show. We’ve all known each other for years, we’re all Edinburgh English Lit graduates, and you can read more about us on the ‘about‘ page (makes sense, right?). What’s most important to know is just how psyched we are for this. None of us have put on our own Fringe show before (though Róisín has worked with The Place and Booking Dance in previous years, Laura has flyered for Electric Talent and as a reviewer for ScreenGRAB magazine, and some of Aran’s poetry was set to music in the 2014 Fringe show ‘Spoken Spaces Sonic Traces‘). It’s fair to say we all love the Fringe; have wandered through more packed comedy tents and half-empty rooms above pubs and tourist-strewn Old Town streets than we could remember. Seen funny shows and sad shows and shows that made no sense (and were therefore terrible) and shows that made no sense (and were therefore wonderful) and loved being a part of it and wanted to be a part of it more.

Of course, you can’t make a dance show without dancers. We’ve got three-maybe-four dancers signed up just now; Róisín’s hoping for four to six in the finished show. As rehearsals start to happen and these amazing people have sweated and stretched Róisín’s vision into life, we’ll be putting a lot more posts about – and hopefully by – them online too. For now I just refer you to the ‘about‘ page again.

Like Laura says here: we’ll be asking for help.


It’s not easy putting on a Fringe show, especially without any kind of external funders or backing. Don’t get me wrong; we’re up for the challenge, and we’re sinking significant amounts of our own money into this. But for young people working part-time and freelance, alongside creative studies and projects which make no money at all, that means a lot of hard graft; because putting on a show isn’t cheap. We’ve put a deposit down on a venue (theSpace @ Venue 45; shout-out to theSpace team whilst we’re on the subject, they’ve been fantastically encouraging and informative), and the Fringe themselves require a fee to add the show to the programme. Then there’s flyers, marketing, website registration fees, PRS, and of course the money it actually takes for a dance troupe to sleep and eat in Edinburgh for a few weeks. The Guardian did a pretty good rundown on the financial difficulties of making a Fringe show last year.

So we’re going to launch a crowdfunding campaign (fairly) soon, in the hope of pulling our show a little closer to happening. Expect to hear plenty more updates on that in the months leading up to August; and also posts about the art of the dance itself, the inspirations behind it, and the kind of experience that Róisín and our dancers are actually going to create.

Thanks for reading. I know it’s so easy to let your eyes flicker past the closing paragraph that says LIKE SUBSCRIBE FOLLOW SHARE RETWEET – but we really would be delighted if you liked our Facebook page, followed us on Twitter (@Parachute_Dance, as well as our individual accounts linked above), subscribed to this blog (you can also read Róisín’s blog When Róisín Grows Up, which she’ll be updating with Parachute things soon, my blog Reasons to Remain, and Laura’s publishing blog Publishthings), and generally kept an eye on us and the work we’re doing. We really want to make an exciting piece of performance art; and we know there’s a lot of hard work to be done, but we really think we can. Please do stay tuned!