The Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund

A fund for new theatre & comedy

About the fund...

The Charlie Hartill Special Reserve is a designated, rolling fund towards the production costs of bringing selected projects to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The purpose of the Fund is to enable financial support in the form of an investment so that the writers, directors, technicians, producers and performers of the future have an opportunity to hone their talents through the Fund's financial support in the form of an investment.

The Fund was established in 2004 in memory of Charlie Hartill, who died in January of that year.

Charlie was a wit, writer, performer, ex-President of The Cambridge Footlights, 8 years a director of the Festival Fringe and the Pleasance's man of the computer. He is very much missed not just for his practical skills and quite extraordinary contributions to the Pleasance, but as the most engaging of human beings. He laughed a lot, constantly entertaining so many of those who met him, and he liked a glass of wine. He was 32.

“Without the support of the Charlie Hartill Fund, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve what we did creatively. It gave us breathing room to develop the play properly without the immediate pressure of raising funds, it gave us time and space to allow us to focus our efforts on actually making a good show rather than just surviving the fringe” Andy Whyment, Squint (2015 Charlie Hartill recipients)


For the first time ever - due to the exceptionally high standard of the applications - we are pleased to present two shows and eight new comedians taking part in the Pleasance Comedy Reserve this year.


Alasdair Beckett-King New Act of the Year 2014 winner

Jack Carroll Britain’s Got Talent 2013 runner-up

Kae Kurd Chortle Best Newcomer 2016 nominee (ongoing)

Tom Lucy Leicester Mercury Comedian Of The Year 2016 winner and King Gong 2014

DOME COMEDY RESERVE - 9.30pm, Jack Dome

Darren Harriott As seen at The Stand, Beat the Frog and Angel Comedy

George Lewis Amused Moose Laugh Off 2015 winner and Nando’s New Comedian of the Year

Michael Stranney Chortle Best Newcomer 2016 nominee (ongoing) and New Act of the Year 2015 winner

Yuriko Kotani BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2015 winner and So You Think You're Funny 2015 runner-up

We're pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2016 Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund for Theatre is We Are Ian, by In Bed With My Brother

We Are Ian recreates the euphoria and excitement of the illegal raves of 1989, using big soulful house tunes to score the story. It's a euphoric frenzy of drugs, beats and bucket hats. In Bed With My Brother are an Exeter-based company who use real-life stories to make a massive song and dance of the mundane. They're a messy, multimedia mish-mash of clowning, dance routines and bad lip-syncing.

The Pleasance is proud to support all three of these shows as part of our 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme.

Find out more about the fund here.

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