Assembly legends support Crowdfunder campaign

26 August 2020

There’s now just one week to go in our Festival of fundraising, for freelancers Crowdfunder campaign so to help push towards the finish line we’re offering a wee selection of limited edition signed photos from some of the stars who’ve trod the Assembly boards over the last 40 years.

These portraits of Fringe legends come from our Artistic Director William Burdett–Coutts's archive, showing Edinburgh debuts or early career moments from the Assembly stages.

To be in with a chance of getting your hands on a signed personalised photo of a Fringe legend you just need to donate £10 or more to our Crowdfunder campaign before it closes next Sunday 06 September.

Lucky winners will then be selected at random and we’ll be in touch to sort out your personal message.


Who’s involved

  • Jo Brand

  • Jason Byrne

  • Jason Donovan

  • Eddie Izzard

  • Alistair McGowan

  • Dylan Moran


What we’re Crowdfunding for

The impact of a lost summer has been immense on the incredible and diverse range of people who rely on the festival industry for their livelihood, whether they be artists, production staff or the small arms that make up our front of house, box office and catering teams in addition to the countless supplies that help us create this magical festival.

As an organisation we’ve taken on a considerable loan to get us through to 2021 but we need your help to support a few extremely valuable causes this August.

  1. A hardship fund for the band of highly skilled freelance creators whose livelihoods have been devastated by the events of 2020.
  2. Supporting the artists who have lost the opportunity to put on work this summer.
  3. Ensuring the survival of Assembly Roxy, our year-round Edinburgh venue which is run by our sister charity Assembly Theatre.

We’re well on our way to our target of £30,000 but we need your help to get there.


> Find out more and how to enter the prize draw


Crowdfunder signed photos terms and conditions

  1. The prize draw is open to people aged 18 or over who provide contact information after donating £10 or more to the A festival of fundraising, for freelancers Crowdfunding campaign (or one of its constituent campaigns) which can be found on
  2. Employees of Assembly Festival Ltd, their family members or anyone else connected to the prize draw may not enter.
  3. To enter the prize draw, donate £10 or more to the aforementioned Crowdfunder campaign. Alternatively, send an email to [email protected] with the subject line Assembly Freelancer Fundraising signed photo and include your contact information in the email body. No purchase necessary.
  4. The opening date for entries is 10am on Wednesday 26 August 2020 and closes at the conclusion of the A festival of fundraising, for freelancers Crowdfunding campaign. Entries received after this time will not be considered.
  5. Five winners per participating celebrity will be chosen at random in accordance with these terms and conditions on Tuesday 08 September. Selected winners will be announced on To receive a full list of winners please email [email protected] after Wednesday 16 September 2020.
  6. The winner will receive the prize as described in this news article.
  7. Assembly Festival Ltd accepts no responsibility for any costs associated with the prize and not specifically included in the prize.
  8. The winner will be notified by email to the address provided when entering by Wednesday 09 September 2020.
  9. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes.
  10. Assembly Festival retains the right to substitute the prize with another prize of similar value in the event the original prize offered is not available.
  11. Assembly Festival reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this prize draw with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including, without limitation, in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of Assembly Festival in all matters under its control is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.
  12. The prize draw will be governed by Scottish law and entrants to the prize draw submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Scottish courts.