'Charitable Creatures' is a new comedy bringing together the unlikely combination of animal welfare and comedy in a new one-act play. Comedy is a fantastic way of raising awareness and making things memorable stimulating discussion and inspiring change.
The comedy arises from various eccentric characters visiting the World Animal Trust charity shop and care and concern for animals is reflected through the protagonist Annabelle Shepherd and the focus of the work of the charity.
The play highlights the badger cull, an ill-thought-out policy killing thousands of badgers when there is an option to vaccinate, happening right now in many counties throughout the UK. The preview at 3MT in Manchester was run alongside a petition against the cull and raised funds for the Cheshire WildlifeTrust vaccination programme.
Sadly, there are many cruel inherent animal practices in the UK and globally and I would like to develop the concept further to promote awareness about the ethical treatment of animals and current welfare issues.
Animal protection isn't a radical idea. It follows the simple principles that if animals feel pain, joy and fear, they should be protected from suffering.
Charitable Creatures is currently being recorded for radio and podcast
BADGERED was previewed at the Three Minute Theatre Manchester 2017 and Edinburgh Fringe 2018
"With Badgered, Diane Rimmer has written a very funny play that with all the skewering of its characters pretentions holds fast to a humane moral vision" - Chris Rea Manchester NUJ
"@Badgered3MT this made @lusardiofficial and I laugh out loud. Gorgeous play and lovely performances Venue 50 @Cvenues #edfringe Well worth a visit to see. Who’d have thought a charity shop could be so eventful!" - Sam Kane on Twitter
"@Badgered3MT is a great example of new comedy writing that shows great potential in style and content. An orginal and thoughful comedy with a dark sub-plot but many laugh out loud moments." - Victoria Pearson on Twitter
'The greatness of a nation and it's moral progress can be judged by the way animals are treated' – Mahatma Gandhi