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David Ephgrave

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£750
raised of £1,800 target by 28 supporters

Weʼre raising £1,800 to contribute to Hitchin Mostly Comedy's running costs to help prevent closure.

Hitchin, Hertfordshire

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The pandemic kept Hitchin Mostly Comedy shut for 19 months, which was far longer than we'd envisaged. As we gradually reopen in Autumn 2021, sales are so low we're not even breaking even - and funds are fast running out. Meanwhile, our running costs continue, and, before long, we'll be forced to close for good.

Unfortunately, there are multiple reasons for sales to be down at the moment, ranging from money being tight to people's reluctance to attend a gig when Covid numbers are rising. That's understandable, and we need to allow time for confidence/safety to rebuild. But sadly, the loss of an odd booking here and there amounts to a sizeable drop in takings that will soon make our future untenable.

To put that drop into context, we had to pull our thirteenth-anniversary gig in October 2021 with a week to go, as we still needed to double the number of tickets sold in the remaining seven days to cover our costs or sustain a £900 loss (which we can't afford). And that's without considering our ongoing business expenses such as insurance or the rent for our office/storage space.

Add the fact our sound costs have literally tripled since we closed in February 2020, plus we have a venue hire fee to cover, and there's little wiggle room left. And our decreased takings aren't even to do with the Covid restrictions we've introduced, as we're sales are nowhere near our current half-capacity total.

...and a gig costs £800 before we start paying the acts.

We're sorry to ask for your help again, especially when your donations have already saved the club once. But things are make-or-break. And if we can't bolster the kitty to carry us through the next few months, we'll be forced to fold.

All donations will be greatly appreciated. With thanks.

David (on behalf of Doggett & Ephgrave).

www.mostlycomedy.co.uk

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  • David Ephgrave6 days ago
    David Ephgrave

    David Ephgrave

    6 days ago

    Just to say fans of JAMES ACASTER can now listen to the interview we recorded with him back in May on our latest episode of 'More Than Mostly Comedy', which is available wherever you pick up your podcasts (including via YouTube below). "Something to listen to while you're donating", he says, cheekily. ;)

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  • David Ephgrave10 days ago
    David Ephgrave

    David Ephgrave

    10 days ago

    Just a heads-up that we've had to push November's Hitchin show back a week to the 25th due to an issue with our technical support, which was out of our hands. Sadly, this has triggered a number of refunds that have made the show go from just breaking even to making a loss. All the more reason why your donations are much appreciated. Thanks to all who've given to the cause. Don't forget you can book too! The line-up's the same as previously advertised, except the podcast interview will be co-hosted with Stephen Halliday. www.mostlycomedy.co.uk

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  • David Ephgrave16 days ago
    David Ephgrave

    David Ephgrave

    16 days ago

    Thanks to your AMAZING generosity we’ve raised £700 in 12 days, which goes a big way towards bolstering the funds for November’s show. All your kind words are hugely appreciated too. Hope to see you at next week’s show on 18th when Clary Saddler & I interview The Fast Show’s SIMON DAY and Red Dwarf’s NORMAN LOVETT for MTMC podcast. Plus they perform too! And Glyn will be back in December. But there’s still a long way to go to protect the club, & every penny (and ticket sold) is much appreciated. Thanks again. David. www.mostlycomedy.co.uk

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Page last updated on: 11/22/2021 17.46

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28

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 14, 2021

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 12, 2021

    £30.00

  • Pete & Jill Haine

    Pete & Jill Haine

    Nov 5, 2021

    Thanks for arranging so much entertainment and laughs in the past…and hopefully in the future!

    £25.00

  • David & Mireille

    David & Mireille

    Nov 4, 2021

    Good luck, team, really hope we can do this x

    £40.00

  • Philippa

    Philippa

    Nov 2, 2021

    Good luck

    £20.00

  • Anthony  Golding

    Anthony Golding

    Nov 2, 2021

    Keep going!

    £50.00

  • Matt Oakman

    Matt Oakman

    Nov 2, 2021

    Hope this small contribution helps

    £30.00

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David Ephgrave

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Hitchin, Hertfordshire

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