Crowd-funding campaign launched to tour Delhi rape play

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Producers of a play about the gang rape of a girl in Delhi last year have launched a crowd-funding campaign to tour the show to India.

The production, which is called Nirbhaya and premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year, aims to raise £50,000 through online fundraising website Kickstarter by December.

In addition to £30,000 of donations that producers have already been given, this funding will enable the show to tour to Mumbai and Delhi for ten performances later this year.

The play is based on the real-life events of a young woman who died from injuries after being raped and assaulted on a bus in Delhi on December 16, 2012.

The team behind the show, including writer and director Yael Farber and actor Poorna Jagannathan, hope to raise £500,000 in total to take the tour to cities including Bangalore and Kolkata as well as other countries.

It is the latest in a string of productions that have used crowd-funding to support their work.

Earlier this year, the producers of new musical American Pyscho raised more than $150,000 (around £93,000) to help stage their co-production at the Almeida Theatre in London.

Meanwhile, organisers of a proposed radio station dedicated to musical theatre failed to raise their target of £145,000 in the summer.

Around £4,000 was raised but the station – called Stage Door – said it would still go ahead with launching the initiative.

Earlier this month, the producers of Happy Days The Musical - based on the 1970s television show - launched an appeal for £250,000 from private investors through a crowd-funding platform. Investors are being offered a 25% share of any profits and the overall budget for the production is £600,000.