I'm Mim from Escape Artist, I'm co-Producing This Lime Tree Bower. To save Ryan some trouble, I'll be using the forum myself to ask about anything from now on. I'm also letting Ellie (Director) and Becs (co-Producer) use this login, but we'll each sign our names when we post so you know who you're hearing from.
I chatted to Ryan last night, so the issue has been talked over and I totally get where you're coming from. We've agreed to take it case-by-case, and I'll ask on here to see how you feel about anything we do get offered. He also was not keen on the raffle atmosphere, but thinks that we could perhaps hold a raffle on just one of the nights. For now, nothing has been finalised, and we're looking into other ways to raise money.
Ryan was very keen that we sell things, as this is ok by the Forest. I had a brainwave last night that me, Becs and Ellie could hold a silent auction of all sorts of things we/people we know need rid of, and this could be done online and continued in the Forest on the nights of performance. For smaller items, we could also do just a general jumble sale (I saw this done before, on a weekend, for a theatre show, and it raised about £400 I believe.)
I'm waiting to see how Becs and Ellie feel about this, but in the meantime I was wondering if it would be ok to keep the stuff at the Forest.
I understand that lots of people dump stuff there, and you might not want any more!! If you think it might be better, I could ask Settlement for permission to keep it in the room beside the hall upstairs, but do you know if this will be used during the Fringe?