Fringe Theatre

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Artistic ambition at the Fringe

The average Fringe experience involves a sixty-minute time slot, an incredibly quick get-in and a show in a space never intended for performance. It is reasonable, therefore, to question whether it is worth staging anything with high production standards. For all the excitement of performances … more

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Comedy festivals: the Fringe and beyond

Alexei Sayle and Tony Allen were the first ‘alternative comedians’ to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and since then it has become one of the world’s greatest events for comedy. According to Mark Fisher, author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide, ‘For dedicated comedians... the … more

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Finding funding for projects – Sinead Mac Manus

Finding funding for projects is an essential part of the subsidised theatre scene. Unless you are working in the commercial sector, most theatre productions do not generate enough income to cover their costs. Fundraising provides the shortfall. The funding landscape in the UK is wide … more

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Fringe funding: will my show make money?

In the early 1960s, when there were just two dozen groups performing, the Fringe Society produced a leaflet called Fringe Without Tears. It warned participants of the tough competition, of the many costs involved and of the near impossibility of making a profit. If that was true fifty years ago, … more

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Performance and the Community

This interview is taken from Performance and Community, edited by Dr Caoimhe McAvinchey. Dr McAvinchey is Senior Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Perforamce Studies at Queen Mary, University of London, UK. Here she speaks with Paul Heritage, the Professor of Drama and Performance, also at Queen Mary … more

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