Effective January 2018, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is an authorised fundraiser for Australia’s Clown Doctors – a strain of The Humour Foundation which centres around providing uplift for children in hospitals (scroll down for more).
This fantastic result was down to generous audiences and wonderful staff at the following venues:
Of course, we couldn’t have done it without our brilliant cast, who went out after every performance to metaphorically rattle the collection can. Luke McGibney (Basil) led the effort throughout. He was more than ably assisted by Rhiân McLean (Sybil) in Perth, Adelaide and Sydney; Monique Lewis Reynolds (Sybil) in Melbourne; and three different Manuels: Geoffrey Reczek in Perth, Anthony Sottile in Adelaide and Melbourne, and Andy Foreman in Sydney.
We’re planning to do some more collecting at upcoming box office shows in NSW, QLD and WA. We’ll keep you posted on where, when and who, and on totals arising – not only here, but also on our facebook and twitter platforms and via the Clown Doctor channels too.
Clown Doctors are professional performers who take their comedy and improvisation skills into hospitals to help children understand procedures and help relieve stress for them and their families. Given that Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is fundamentally improvisation and comedy, partnering with a charity which uses this kind of acting is a natural fit.
Coincidentally, Clown Doctors were introduced in 1997 – the same year the show was born. Furthermore, our original Manuel, Andy Foreman – who continues to play the role with us – is also a Clown Doctor, routinely visiting hospitals in his persona as ‘Dr 2 Shoes’.
So, throughout 2018 and beyond we are collecting for Clown Doctors in Australia – starting at Fringe World Perth, Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and adding selected other venues along the way.
See The Humour Foundation website for further reading, and our blog.
Click here for more about Andy Foreman