Stamford School boy appeals for support to take play to the Fringe Festival

Christopher Birks
Christopher Birks

AN ACTOR is looking for support to stage a play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Former Stamford School pupil Christopher Birks has already performed three times at Edinburgh but is hoping to raise enough money to take his own production to the event this summer.

The 23-year-old has launched his own theatre company, Ninth Life, with actor Robert Neumark-Jones and producer Maria Hayden and secured a spot at theSpaceUK to perform their own drama, The Questionnaire, for two weeks in August.

They need to raise around £4,000 to stage the play.

Christopher, who now lives in London, said: “I am hoping to develop Ninth Life into a regularly producing professional company rather than a one production wonder so it would be lovely to have it launched with the help of people from the town where my passion for the theatre was ignited.

“Were it not for the Stamford Pantomime Players, Stamford Amateur Musical Society, Tolethorpe and Stamford School I very much doubt I would be pursuing what I am.”

The show he hopes to take to Edinburgh follows a young man in his 20s who takes a personality test on the street and learns that he is unhappy with his life. Jack relishes the chance to engage in a fierce debate with his hosts, but soon finds his own views of the world under scrutiny.

Ninth Life has set up a sponsorship page for anyone interested in supporting the venture. Rewards are available for different levels of support ranging from a mention in the programme to a DVD of the show, dinner with one of the actors or free tickets to the show.

To sponsor the show visit www.indiegogo.com and search for The Questionnaire.

Christopher, whose family still live in Stamford and are involved with the Corn Exchange Theatre Company, said: “Any little contribution from absolutely everyone will be gratefully received.”