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Help bring 'Willis & Vere: Genius' to the VAULT Festival!

The multi-award-winning, five-star comedy duo are back

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This project received pledges on Wed 19 Feb 2020

What?

"From the multi-award-winning, ★★★★★ comedy duo Willis & Vere (The Starship Osiris, A Serious Play About World War II) comes the story of a controversial artist's rise to fame and subsequent downfall, created entirely from audience suggestions.

Featuring videos, audience participation and guaranteed laughter*.

(*Laughter not guaranteed)."

Willis & Vere are back in London with WILLIS & VERE: GENIUS at the VAULT Festival from 11-15 March 2020.

Who?

Willis & Vere are a comedy writing partnership from East 15 Acting School.

The company was formed when we took our first show, interview with a genius, to the Free Fringe at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015. The show was a semi-improvised comedy show with live music and videography. It received a Pick of the Fringe from EdFringeReview.com.

We then decided to write our first proper play, The Starship Osiris. After previews at the Pleasance, Islington in 2015 and The Lion & Unicorn in 2016 we took the show to the Underbelly at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016. The show was a surprise success and allowed us to take it to the VAULT Festival in London, Leeds, Rye, Birmingham, the Brighton Fringe Festival and then back to the Underbelly in 2017 in a larger venue.

We then started work on A Serious Play About World War II, that ran until its final performances at the King's Head Theatre in February 2019. After a run of The Starship Osiris at the Soho Theatre in August 2019 we started work on something new...

Why?

This is our third major production and we have spent the last six months filming and editing footage and compiling the live show. The VAULT Festival run comes with certain costs, so we are seeking £750 of crowdfunding. The first £500 will be for advertising and the next £250 will be for photoshoots, costume and some filming costs.

But we are not a charity, so in exchange for donating we are offering the following rewards:

£5 or more: A personalised video from Adam Willis

£10 or more: A DVD or Blu-ray of The Starship Osiris and a limited edition badge (plus the above)

£20 or more: Signed flyers from every Willis & Vere show (plus all the above)

£100 or more: A limited edition signed A1 poster of Willis & Vere: Genius (plus all the above)

Where?

Please follow us on social media for updates on the show:

On our website: willisandvere.com

On Instagram: @willisandvere

On Twitter: @willisandvere

On Facebook: facebook.com/willisandvere

And more information on the show can be found at https://vaultfestival.com/whats-on/willis-vere-genius/