Otherplace Productions Ltd, better known as the production company behind The Warren and Electric Arcade at Brighton Fringe has recently announced that it has appointed liquidators. This news has come as a surprise to many in the industry as the company has been a staple at Brighton Fringe for many years.
The Warren was a multi-venue festival hub which was a popular destination for Brightonians and had been a significant player at Brighton Fringe for over a decade. Over the years, they have worked with some of the biggest names in theatre, music, comedy and much more whilst also providing a vital platform for up-and-coming artists.
During Covid, the company was awarded £152,451 from the Culture Recovery Fund and produced what, arguably, was their biggest Brighton Fringe in 2021. However, despite its success and reputation, Otherplace Productions Ltd has faced increasing financial difficulties in recent years which has led to the appointment of liquidators.
It is unclear at this stage what the future holds for Otherplace Productions Ltd, and what impact this will have on Brighton Fringe. The Warren had already taken a temporary leave of absence for the 2022 Brighton Fringe after cashflow problems had caused issues with suppliers, staff and artists. At the time, Otherplace productions said that it was stepping back from the 2022 Fringe and was working towards a return in 2023.
Creditors include Brighton and Hove City Council (£15,917), HMRC (£95,413), NatWest Bank (£184,871) whilst there are a range of Brighton based suppliers are also owed significant sums.
Despite this surprising news, many will also remember Otherplace Productions for its significant contribution to the UK’s cultural scene and its impact on the lives of those who have worked with it over the years.