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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The venue: your comments

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THIS IS the chapter of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide that introduces the oddball collection of university halls, classrooms, Masonic lodges and back rooms in pubs that Edinburgh offers to anyone wanting to perform. 

It gives tips about location, financial deals, technical facilities, time slots and reputation, as well as a section about running your own venue. As usual, it is full of opinions by experienced Fringe hands.

If you have comments about this chapter of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide, please add them below.


  1. A good book for those interested in putting on a show at the edinburgh festival. Best advice on finding a venue is knowing what you want from the festival and seeing what your shortlist of venues offer in relation to that.
    Do you want to be a big fish in a small venue and grab lots of attention or a small fish in a large venue and hope to gather some of someone elses, who will provide what YOU want?

    1. Thanks for that, Fred. Yes, it's a recurring theme of the book: if you know what you want, it's a lot easier to make all your decisions.


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Follow me on Twitter @MarkFFisher, @WriteAboutTheat and @LimelightXTC I am a freelance journalist and critic specialising in theatre and the arts. Publications I write for include the Guardian and the Scotsman. I am the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide: how to make your show a success and How to Write About Theatre: A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers. I am also editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls: A Limelight Anthology and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book. From 2000-2003, I was the editor of The List magazine, Glasgow and Edinburgh's arts and events guide.