Working with artists is what makes us tick.  Putting them in a room together to inspire collaboration and create new opportunities is one of the most exciting aspects of live arts, to us.

Since 2011, Civil Disobedience has worked with Macmillan Cancer Support to stage The Big Comedy Gala (or The Big C), as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. By harnessing the immense talent in the city during the festival and putting some of the best acts the Fringe has to offer on stage together, we’ve helped Macmillan create unique events in The Big C, raising over £50,000 for the charity.


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Barry, Mhari, Josef, and Mim with the Big C team of volunteers in 2013 (EICC)

The hosts and line up stars to date have included Jason Byrne, Ali McGregor, Mark Watson, EastEnd Cabaret, Marcel Lucont, Sven Ratzke, The Boy with Tape on His Face, Caroline Rhea, Die Roten Punkte, Sarah Millican, Ed Byrne, Frisky & Mannish, Roy Walker, Tom Allen, Hal Sparks, and even Alan Cumming, to name but a few.

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Ed Byrne and Sarah Millican with Barry and Mhari in the Big C green room (EICC)

Since its launch, the Big C has been Hit Listed by The List, as well as notching up a string of accolades, including Pick of the Week (Scotland on Sunday), Pick of the Day (Scotsman), Pick of the Fringe (Edinburgh Evening News), Top Ten Shows (Daily Record), and Top Ten Event in Scotland this Week (Skinny Magazine).

We’ve decided to take a break from the Big C in 2017 as we’ve got so many other amazing shows to look after at this year’s Fringe. However, As creative producers, we’re always on the look-out for exciting projects at all times of the year.

We can offer a tailored service for charities across the UK, to help events managers make the most of their budgets and maximise their fundraising reach, while supporting them in the delivery of ‘money-can’t-buy experiences’.

Want to find out more or discuss an idea? Don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Here’s some information on our most recent collaborations:

Wood Mackenzie Fundraiser

Wood Mackenzie is a global energy, metals and mining research and consultancy group with an international reputation for supplying comprehensive data, written analysis and consultancy advice.

Every August, under their corporate social responsibility banner they stage an in-house variety show for their staff to raise funds for a local charity.

Knowing Civil Disobedience Productions’ extensive address book, they approached us to programme the event. Craig Hill, Mark Watson, Colin Cloud, EastEnd Cabaret and Abi Roberts all came through for us – creating a truly memorable in-house experience for the staff at Wood Mackenzie.


The Big C 2016 – with Ali McGregor and Alan Cumming

In 2016, we returned to the EICC with our annual destination event The Big C – a variety show with a difference, and a world-class line up.

We were delighted to finally be working with the incredible Ali McGregor as she took the helm, with a little bit of help from Hollywood and Broadway megastar Alan Cumming.

Ali is a singer based between Melbourne and London. She started her career as a principal soprano with Opera Australia then ran away with the circus in the form of hit show La Clique (La Soiree).


Alan is beyond eclectic. He was an award-winning Hamlet, and he had his own talk show. He was a tour de force solo Macbeth and he voiced a Smurf, twice. He shot a video portrait with Robert Wilson, and recorded a duet with Liza Minnelli. He made back-to-back films with Stanley Kubrick and the Spice Girls. He appeared in a Jay Z video and he wrote a #1 New York Times best selling memoir.

He also made his career on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and came along to open this fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support – before introducing Ali who in turn introduced a bevy of Fringe stars including Jason Byrne, Mark Watson and Axis of Awesome.