Fringe Swap Shop

Fringe Swap Shop

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Unwanted props, usable furniture, gorgeous costumes – we want them all! Every Fringe, tonnes of items go to the bin when they could be reused elsewhere or recycled… 

Network Day with the Scottish Drama Training Network

Network Day with the Scottish Drama Training Network

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Hosted by the Scottish Drama Training Network and The Network Ensemble, join us for this lively panel discussion with Grid Iron Theatre Co-Artistic Directors Ben Harrison, Judith Doherty and key theatre industry guests… 

Meet the Venues

Meet the Venues

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe Participants. Are you thinking of bringing a show to the Fringe next year? The venue marketplace offers a unique opportunity to meet with venue representatives face-to-face, pitch your show and get a chance to see the spaces when they are fully operational… 

Fringe 2019: What’s Your Story? 

Fringe 2019: What’s Your Story? 

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Take a breath. Reflect on your Fringe 2019 by exploring how you can make best use of your creative experience. Award-winning interdisciplinary auteur, academic and adviser Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh will facilitate the memory mapping of your Fringe 2019… 

How to do a Show at the Fringe

How to do a Show at the Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe Participants. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest open access arts festival in the world. The Fringe can be a brilliant experience and invaluable for your career, but you need to be prepared… 

Meet the Producers

Meet the Producers

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. This hour and a half session provides an informal session with a panel of experienced performing arts producers, who will explain the secrets of their trade, offer bespoke advice and answer your questions. 

Fringing 9 to 5 – 20 Hours at the Fringe

Fringing 9 to 5 – 20 Hours at the Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Gig Buddies Scotland supports people with a learning disability to live an active social life. At the start of this year’s festival they enabled a group of their members to attend the festival from 9am to 5am, that’s 20 hours at the Fringe! Come along and hear peoples’ experiences about this epic Fringe marathon, the importance of choosing your own social life and staying up late! This will be a relaxed performance and films shown will have subtitles. 

Funny Women Meet Up

Funny Women Meet Up

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. An opportunity to meet and mix with the Funny Women of the Fringe. Leading female comedy experts, Funny Women helps women to perform, write and find their voice through comedy… 

Meet the Locals – Drop-In

Meet the Locals – Drop-In

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Speed dating and networking event. Fringe participants are invited to meet local Edinburgh community groups looking to host shows, collaborate on workshops, projects or activities after the Fringe… 

Disabled Led Theatre Making

Disabled Led Theatre Making

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe Participants. What happens when we put disabled people centre stage – not just as performers, but as writers, directors, designers and crew? What can the theatre sector learn from disabled-led creative processes? A fabulous, feisty panel will tackle these questions and share their experiences, followed by a relaxed networking event to help us all continue the conversation. 

International Exchange

International Exchange

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Hear first-hand about successful international cooperation with Edinburgh Festival Fringe from country partners and producers… 

Discover Melbourne Fringe

Discover Melbourne Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Sure, Edinburgh’s pretty awesome, but Melbourne Fringe is one of the most adventurous, edgy, diverse, exciting festivals around (even if we do say so ourselves)… 

Developing Young Adult Audiences

Developing Young Adult Audiences

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A conversation and networking event for artists/companies to share expertise and advice on developing teenage and young adult audiences… 

Intersectional Identities at the Forefront

Intersectional Identities at the Forefront

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Art is a useful tool to approach questions of identity and belonging. This panel discussion brings together artists and cultural agents who embody and embed diversity, going beyond tick boxes and widening audiences through intersectional work… 

Stand Up to Stand Out

Stand Up to Stand Out

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Humour is essential in our everyday lives for our wellbeing and good health. As the leading community in female comedy, Funny Women runs many workshops to help people to perform, write and do business with humour… 

Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Performing Arts Company

Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Performing Arts Company

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Thinking of setting up your own performing arts company? This session provides an overview of the fundamental information that you should be aware of when setting up a performing arts company… 

ISPA Series at the Fringe – Shifting Identities

ISPA Series at the Fringe – Shifting Identities

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. ‘Be a provocative warrior, not an honourable citizen’, reflects Egyptian surgeon turned satirist Bassem Youssef… 

Equity Drop-In Advice

Equity Drop-In Advice

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Informal, individual drop-in space for you to ask Equity’s advice about your work or career – contracts, pay, training, marketing or any other issue you want to discuss… 

Call to Action

Call to Action

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Join us for our final discussion from our Fringe of the Fringe series. Focusing on inclusion of minorities beyond the Fringe, we will be starting to develop strategies of care for future Fringes… 

Bringers of Change

Bringers of Change

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. In 2018 Equity’s BAME members created the Change Network by inviting ethnic minority performers and creatives to identify their priorities in tackling ongoing discrimination in our industry… 

Breaking into the Canadian Market

Breaking into the Canadian Market

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. The session will focus on sharing knowledge and experience about the successes, pitfalls and opportunities for international touring to Canada; sharing a road map to the various networks and collaborative partnership that exist in Canada to support cross-country touring; sharing information on funding opportunities for touring in Canada and facilitating networking opportunities between Canadians and their UK and international counterparts… 

International Creative Producer Training

International Creative Producer Training

If you were starting out as a producer, what would you like to be taught? If you are starting out as a producer, what do you need to know and how would you like to be taught? If English is not a fluent language for you, bring a colleague and we will work through all forms of interpretation to get your ideas into the mix… 

1-2-1s with a Casting Director and the UK Casting Specialist of Backstage

1-2-1s with a Casting Director and the UK Casting Specialist of Backstage

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. An opportunity for performers and directors to speak with a casting director about casting projects and getting cast after the Fringe… 

Advice and Discussion Forum with the Independent Theatre Council

Advice and Discussion Forum with the Independent Theatre Council

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. An opportunity for new companies, producers and other Fringe participants to discuss management, legal, finance, marketing and fundraising issues with ITC’s CEO and expert team and for peer learning and networking in an informal session… 

The Voicebox Toolbox: How to Avoid Cracking Your Voice During the Fringe

The Voicebox Toolbox: How to Avoid Cracking Your Voice During the Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Practical advice and exercises, designed specifically for the vocal demands of the Festival Fringe. The workshop will be run by Tess Whittaker, a speech and language therapist, vocal coach and voice-over artist… 

Meet the YMC

Meet the YMC

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Equity has a committee of young members (aged 30 and under) who aim to promote, protect and extend the rights and interests of young people in the entertainment industry… 

How to Become a Theatre Industry Leader

How to Become a Theatre Industry Leader

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Join our panel of women leading the theatre industry as they share the learning experiences that built their careers, offer their top three life lessons to becoming an industry leader, suggest practical steps for excelling in your career beyond the Fringe and answer the questions you’re burning to ask. 

How Can Venues and Producers Work Better Together

How Can Venues and Producers Work Better Together

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Are you planning to take your work on tour? Do you programme, produce or receive touring work? Our panel will discuss what steps to take to ensure things work well for both venues and producers… 

The Fringe Fair

The Fringe Fair

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe Participants. An opportunity to meet key organisations such as funders, arts councils, training providers and agencies. Taking the format of a career fair you can browse from table to table gathering the knowledge and advice you need… 

Managing Performance Anxiety

Managing Performance Anxiety

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Dr Pippa Wheble is a GP with a special interest in performing arts medicine and performance anxiety. She is a Transformational Breath Facilitator™ and trainer… 

How to Take Part in Brighton Fringe

How to Take Part in Brighton Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Ready to take your event to England’s largest arts festival? Want to showcase your work to a fresh audience? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, come along to find out more about taking part in Brighton Fringe 2020… 

Failspace: Debating the Role of Failure in Cultural Participation

Failspace: Debating the Role of Failure in Cultural Participation

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. How should the existence of failure be recognised in cultural policy? Are funders and policymakers open to the possibility of failure? Can you be honest about failure if you receive funding? As part of an ongoing research examining the policies and projects that have attempted to increase cultural participation over the last twenty years, participants at this interactive discussion will be invited to discuss and debate the role of failure in cultural participation. 

Pick Up a Brick: Art as Activism

Pick Up a Brick: Art as Activism

Unlike the majority of shows at the Fringe, Pick Up a Brick was a one-off panel discussion about queer art and how we can use it as activism, including an audience Q&A. 

What Fringe Next?

What Fringe Next?

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Performer? Having a great experience? Where can you go next? What touring opportunities are out there? This is a fascinating insight into a world of Fringe festivals from performers’ first-hand experience! Meet and hear from artists who have recently experienced and performed at other Fringes… 

Script Surgeries

Script Surgeries

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Writing a play and looking for some advice on how to take it to the next draft? Script surgeries are 50-minute, one-to-one sessions with professional playwright Annie George on an extract from your play with a professional playwright… 

Rural Touring in the UK

Rural Touring in the UK

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. How does rural touring work in the UK? How can you take part? Gain insights on the benefits and opportunities in rural touring… 

AMDA Scholarship Auditions at Edinburgh Fringe

AMDA Scholarship Auditions at Edinburgh Fringe

AMDA will be conducting placement and scholarship auditions for its BFA and Conservatory programs in Acting, Music Theatre, Dance Theatre and Performing Arts. The session will begin with the showing of an informative video and a short Q&A period… 

Gynie Hub

Gynie Hub

Calling all women at the Fringe! How is our centre of creativity; the womb and ovaries being compromised within a demanding product driven system? Come and share a cuppa and chat in a relaxed space about your gynae health… 

The Business of Playwriting

The Business of Playwriting

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Curious about how to make the leap into the professional realm? Join a panel of professional practitioners to discuss making a career as a playwright – from working with an agent to negotiating contracts and getting your work published… 

Education Meet-Up

Education Meet-Up

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe Participants. This unique opportunity gives Fringe participants the opportunities to meet with an invited group of teachers and educationalists who are keen to develop partnerships with performers at the Fringe… 

Diversity Casting: Know the Audition Rules and How to Break Them

Diversity Casting: Know the Audition Rules and How to Break Them

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. In this workshop, you will hear and see what Broadway veteran J. Elaine Marcos did to book 10 Broadway shows and how she broke down the casting barriers by approaching auditions with a different perspective… 

Fringe Festivals Around the World

Fringe Festivals Around the World

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Meet and hear from Fringe directors and producers from around the world. Join the discussion, gain insights and find out how to tour this rich circuit of over 250 international Fringe Festivals… 

Bottoms Up – An LGBTQ+ Mixer

Bottoms Up – An LGBTQ+ Mixer

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Civil Disobedience invites Fringe participants to join us as we raise a glass to the forbears of the modern queer civil rights movement… 

1-2-1 Surgeries for Creative Artists

1-2-1 Surgeries for Creative Artists

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. We invite seven companies or theatremakers to have a 50-minute session to explore their creative path. Where you are now? What do you need to manifest to make a difference? What are your priorities? And how do you use the rest of your time at the Fringe most wisely? Please email [email protected]… 

Intellectual Property Rights for Fringe Performers

Intellectual Property Rights for Fringe Performers

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. This session will help you understand the rules and tools you can use to identify what intellectual property rights you might own, what you can do with them, how you can protect them in the digital environment and which legally permitted uses you can rely upon when using intellectual property created by others… 

Directing Post-Brexit!

Directing Post-Brexit!

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. What will Brexit mean for the arts economy? How will it affect UK directors? Do you often work abroad, or welcome European companies to your venues? Join us to discuss the possibilities and the solutions for UK theatre and opera directors, whatever the outcome of the ongoing Brexit negotiations… 

Persistent and Nasty

Persistent and Nasty

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. The second Fringe edition of the debate series focusing on the female-identified voice in stage and screen. Male, male-identified and gender fluid audience members also very welcome… 

Working with Schools and Teachers

Working with Schools and Teachers

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Many young people remain culturally disenfranchised from the arts and the enriching opportunities they offer. This seminar will explore best practice in engaging with schools and teachers across the UK, including: understanding and using educational terminologies, drafting your offer to schools and hearing from teachers about what they are looking for… 

5th Annual Artist of Colour Meetup

5th Annual Artist of Colour Meetup

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. For the last five years as part of the conversation on race, colourism and art activism, Shaina and pursuitofnappiness… 

Disabled Artists Meet-Up

Disabled Artists Meet-Up

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Networking event for disabled artists at the Fringe 2019! Hosted by the Fringe and Disability Equality Training partners Birds of Paradise Theatre Company… 

Backstage Takes Centre Stage

Backstage Takes Centre Stage

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe Participants. For those wanting to pursue a career backstage or for those who are already established, the Fringe Society hosts a discussion with Stage Managers and Technicians: often the hidden stars of the Fringe… 

Auditions – MA Classical and Contemporary Text

Auditions – MA Classical and Contemporary Text

The RCS is holding auditions for this innovative programme for actors and directors, with some experience, who want to become more reflective, aspirational practitioners. Please visit our website at: https://rcsedfest… 

Youth Theatre on an International Stage

Youth Theatre on an International Stage

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Why is it important for young people’s work to be presented in a festival context? This discussion, presented by Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, will address the opportunities and challenges of touring work by young people (14-25)… 

Mental Health First Aid 1-2-1s

Mental Health First Aid 1-2-1s

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. An opportunity to talk 1-2-1 about your wellbeing. Sheffield-based Space to Breathe provide a team to talk in an informal, creative and supportive environment… 

1-2-1 Surgeries for Directors and Theatremakers

1-2-1 Surgeries for Directors and Theatremakers

Part of the Fringe Central Events Progamme for Fringe participants. Calling all directors and theatremakers. Facing barriers in your career? We’re here to support you. Book a short one-to-one session tailored just for you… 

Director's Survival Kit

Director's Survival Kit

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Success! We love it, we thrive on it, but we all know the challenges of the creative process. If there’s one thing we’ve learned it’s that it’s good to talk… 

Working-Class Artists’ Gathering at the Edinburgh Fringe

Working-Class Artists’ Gathering at the Edinburgh Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. COMMON are curating a gathering to bring together working-class artists (WCA) with industry members and venue programmers at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019… 

Reclaiming Your Narrative

Reclaiming Your Narrative

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Join us for our second discussion from our Fringe of the Fringe series. Do you ever feel like you have to represent your race, ethnicity, gender identity, disability the list goes on… 

Forgotten Regions: Developing Theatre Through Rural Creative Hubs

Forgotten Regions: Developing Theatre Through Rural Creative Hubs

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. How can theatre makers support each other when they are based in a rural area? What are the networks or hubs needed? How can the collective rural voice shape cultural policies dominated by urban-centric views? Join researcher Lindsay Dunbar as she shares alternative cultural models from Denmark, Scotland and England… 

Actors' Call

Actors' Call

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe Participants. Join us as we host a unique gathering of guest Fringe actors and professionals answering your burning questions and sharing their stories of success amidst a casual and conversational atmosphere… 

How to Engage Working-Class Audiences When Touring Theatre

How to Engage Working-Class Audiences When Touring Theatre

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. COMMON are curating a panel discussion with experienced touring companies to explore how you can reach and engage working-class audiences when touring theatre across the UK… 

The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Get away from the madding crowd to this calm, silent space where you can just be for a while before getting back out there… 

Let’s Make Sick Art 

Let’s Make Sick Art 

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. How do we support people to create work about their conditions? How do we support them to create their work without impacting their health? We need your help to create a comprehensive and inclusive guide to working with chronically ill creatives… 

Dinner Party Debates: The Case for a Deaf Festival in The Festival City

Dinner Party Debates: The Case for a Deaf Festival in The Festival City

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. The BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 and subsequent National Plan (2017-2023) lays the foundation to improve the lives of BSL users in Scotland… 

Bilingual Producers Workshop – In Korean and English

Bilingual Producers Workshop – In Korean and English

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. We invite Korean and UK producers and theatremakers in Edinburgh to discuss collaborations which are possible across our languages, cultures and nations to meet new producers, writers and companies… 

Bilingual Producers Workshop – in Mandarin and English

Bilingual Producers Workshop – in Mandarin and English

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. We invite Chinese and UK producers and theatremakers present in Edinburgh to discuss collaborations which are possible across our languages, cultures and nations to meet new producers, new writers, new companies and new ideas… 

LGBT-Inclusive Education

LGBT-Inclusive Education

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. With the roll out of the LGBT inclusive curriculum in Scottish schools this September, Civil Disobedience chat with educators and queer artists to explore effective ways of telling our stories to young people… 

New Musical Development

New Musical Development

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Designed for early-stage writers and directors, this session will offer practical advice and guidance on how to create, develop and market your new musical work… 

Opportunities for New Musical Theatre After the Fringe

Opportunities for New Musical Theatre After the Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. If you’re a producer, director or writer of a new musical at the Fringe, join us for networking, advice and discussion about further opportunities in the UK for your current or future musical theatre production… 

Different Stages International: Scotland’s New Writing Symposium

Different Stages International: Scotland’s New Writing Symposium

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A must-attend event for theatre professionals passionate about new writing on the international stage. Join playwrights, translators, promoters, producers, directors, dramaturgs and others from all over the world as we gather for a vital conversation about the place of new writing internationally… 

A Mentally Well Fringe

A Mentally Well Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. The Fringe can be a stressful and pressured time (as well as an exciting one!), so we will offer Fringe participants the opportunity to sample some experiences commonly used in psychological therapy practice which are known to help mental well-being… 

Dyslexia, Creativity and Technology

Dyslexia, Creativity and Technology

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Dyslexia can combine the gift of creativity with the frustration of not being able to make it happen. Join us as we explore the challenges of dyslexia and the tactics and tools that can help you achieve your goals… 

Dealing with Reviews at the Fringe

Dealing with Reviews at the Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Competition for reviews is fierce with thousands of shows for reviewers to choose from. This event focuses on how to get a review in the first place, and then how to deal with so-called “bad” reviews, or none at all… 

Adelaide Fringe Artist Info Session

Adelaide Fringe Artist Info Session

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Discover Adelaide Fringe, Australia’s largest open access festival! The Fringe transforms Adelaide into an arts wonderland, with over 1,300 events across every art form in over 400 venues… 

Getting to Know Asia

Getting to Know Asia

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Have you been curious about the funding opportunities that exist for projects in Asia to tour and present work at places like the Fringe? Have you thought about touring your work to different parts of Asia? Come meet and hear from producers from Asia @ the Fringe Network who will share some of these information, representing Southeast Asia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and India. 

The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Get away from the madding crowd to this calm, silent space where you can just be for a while before getting back out there… 

Parenting in the Performing Arts: Coffee Break

Parenting in the Performing Arts: Coffee Break

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Use the free, professional and fully accredited childcare provided to see a show, have a meeting or join other parents/carers and PIPA Scottish partners for an informal coffee… 

Engine Room Lounge

Engine Room Lounge

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A space for artists, producers and makers to come together as collaborators, friends or individuals to meet and think, or chill out and create some headspace during the world’s busiest festival… 

Going Solo, Together

Going Solo, Together

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A unique opportunity for solo performers to meet each other and Fringe Society staff. Enjoy some light nibbles and refreshments whilst making friends, supporting each other and building relationships that will sustain you during your run and perhaps beyond… 

Diversity in the Fringe Media Landscape

Diversity in the Fringe Media Landscape

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A conversation between journalists/media professionals of colour about their experiences covering the Fringe and how to approach reviewing culturally sensitive shows from an authentic point of view… 

Fringe First Aid

Fringe First Aid

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A space for you to come together with your fellow artists, Fringe Society staff and an artist/producer that’s been there, done that, to discuss your Fringe… 

Multilingual Theatre: Towards a More Diverse Representation of Multilingual Works and Artists in the UK

Multilingual Theatre: Towards a More Diverse Representation of Multilingual Works and Artists in the UK

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Join us to network, discuss and challenge our understanding of multilingual theatre in this interactive round-table/speed dating-style event where you’ll be able to meet potential new collaborators and (re)think collectively how the industry could be made more accessible to foreign artists on and off stage, and how we can make better multilingual work in the UK. 

Navigating the Majority as a Minority

Navigating the Majority as a Minority

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Join us for our first discussion from our Fringe of the Fringe series. Focusing on how we can support each other through the masses of Fringe… 

Kickstarter Office Hours

Kickstarter Office Hours

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Kickstarter’s Performance and Comedy leads are here to answer all your burning crowdfunding questions! Sign up for a 1:1 session where we can dig into your practice and talk through strategy… 

Sounds of the Fringe: Speaking for Wellbeing

Sounds of the Fringe: Speaking for Wellbeing

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. From Shakespeare to grime, rap to the romantics – spoken poetry can be surprisingly helpful in managing our mental health and wellbeing… 

Comedians' Call

Comedians' Call

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Join us as we host a unique gathering of guest Fringe comedians and professionals, answering your burning questions and sharing their stories of success amidst a casual and conversational atmosphere… 

Get Your Show Seen by the Right People

Get Your Show Seen by the Right People

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe enjoys a unique position as the biggest and best international arts market in the world, which means that it attracts thousands of arts professionals from all over the globe: venue programmers, producers, festival directors and agents who are looking to discover new talent, book a touring show or establish new collaborations… 

Asian Artists Gathering

Asian Artists Gathering

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A teatime gathering for Asian artists participating in or attending the Fringe, as well as for those who have an interest in developing/touring work in Asia to come together… 

Mindful Mondays

Mindful Mondays

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Start your day in a mindful way. A quiet space for your morning meditation, stretch or reflection. Facilitators announced on the day… 

Sustainability at the Fringe: Reception

Sustainability at the Fringe: Reception

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Environmental sustainability at the Fringe is increasingly prominent, with artists, companies and venues demonstrating how it can be done… 

Staging Change: Creating a Green Movement

Staging Change: Creating a Green Movement

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. As storytellers, we have a unique capacity to explore key issues with audiences on and off the stage. Hear from an exciting range of performers and makers at our discussion on sustainability in the theatre and entertainment industry… 

Auditioning for Drama School

Auditioning for Drama School

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. This practical workshop will provide insight, tips and hints about how to maximise the participant’s potential for success when auditioning for acting courses… 

Festival Sustainability: A Practical Skills Workshop

Festival Sustainability: A Practical Skills Workshop

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. This two-part event starts with a short presentation on festival sustainability and ends with an open workshop for sewing and repair skills! We will hear from experts in the field of material reuse, focusing on props, costuming and actions that festival participants can take to reduce environmental impact… 

Staging Change: Green Design Workshop

Staging Change: Green Design Workshop

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. We need your help to green the festival! We’ll start our speedy workshop with an overview of sustainable design in performance, from set to lighting to marketing… 

How to Tour Your Show

How to Tour Your Show

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A common objective for artists participating in the Fringe is to create touring opportunities for their work. This discussion will cover the various types of touring that exist, how you develop your networks and how to plan, prepare and manage a tour… 

Mothers Who Make – How Can the Arts be Mother Friendly?

Mothers Who Make – How Can the Arts be Mother Friendly?

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. To get to the Fringe will have taken careful planning, sleepless nights and financial risk. This is also true of motherhood! MWM peer support groups model a rare space in which participants are recognised and valued equally in their dual roles of mother and artist… 

What’s the Big Idea? Playwriting Workshop with Oliver Emanuel

What’s the Big Idea? Playwriting Workshop with Oliver Emanuel

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Playwrights’ Studio associate playwright Oliver Emanuel (Flight, The 306 Trilogy) takes you through a story and ideas workout: how to generate them, crystallise them and talk about them… 

Land Acknowledgements and Cultural Protocols

Land Acknowledgements and Cultural Protocols

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. In Canada, it is more and more common to acknowledge the land before performances begin. How do we acknowledge and care for the land inside and outside of our artistic practices? How do we ground our work in the land on which we live and create? A moderated conversation with participants of the Creators Exchange on the land, an initiative from ICS Scotland that brought together 13 creators and language keepers of Indigenous and Scottish identities… 

What’s Your Truth? Theatrical Storytelling with Mara Menzies

What’s Your Truth? Theatrical Storytelling with Mara Menzies

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Join award-winning performance storyteller Mara Menzies for a practical workshop on traditional storytelling that fuses contemporary theatre and ancient mythology… 

Meet the Media

Meet the Media

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. An event like no other and one of the most popular opportunities at the festival, this is your chance to meet media representatives and get face-to-face with journalists to help promote your show… 

First Time at the Fringe: A Newcomers Guide

First Time at the Fringe: A Newcomers Guide

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Edinburgh can be daunting for new participants. Come and meet Fringe Society staff and learn what we can do to support your experience while in Edinburgh… 

Critical Wellbeing

Critical Wellbeing

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A series of drop-in wellbeing sessions for arts journalists and theatre-makers to look after themselves and each other… 

Fringe Central Welcome Address

Fringe Central Welcome Address

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. To formally welcome you to Fringe Central and mark the start of the Fringe we will be hosting a keynote speech from a well-known figure from the arts world – controversial thoughts, musings and provocations encouraged! Previous speakers have included Deborah Frances-White, Panti Bliss, Sam Wills (Tape Face), Mark Ravenhill and Bryony Kimmings… 

How to Get Your Show Noticed

How to Get Your Show Noticed

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Meet the Fringe Society’s Marketing and Development team for advice on how to get your show noticed by audiences, the media, potential sponsors and funders… 

FFS Livestream

FFS Livestream

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Supported by the Mental Health Foundation, Fringe Festival Support is a filmed hour of fun chat with very special guests in order to provide practical Festival advice, create a community and encourage positive thoughts to help get you through your Fringe… 

Going Solo, Together

Going Solo, Together

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A unique opportunity for solo performers to meet each other and Fringe Society staff. Enjoy some light nibbles and refreshments whilst making friends, supporting each other and building relationships that will sustain you during your run and perhaps beyond… 

Fringe Guide to Running a Venue

Fringe Guide to Running a Venue

Managing a venue at the Fringe can be a hugely rewarding experience, but is also a mammoth undertaking for all involved. You may be intending to take over an existing space and use it to create a makeshift theatre; or maybe you already manage your own year-round space... 

Fringe Swap Shop

Fringe Swap Shop

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Unwanted props, usable furniture, gorgeous costumes – we want them all! Every Fringe, tonnes of items go to the bin when they could be reused elsewhere or recycled... 

Build Your Own Brand Workshop

Build Your Own Brand Workshop

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. In this workshop, we will explore how self-branding is important for any type of performer. With a series of practical exercises, we will help you to discover the potential of your own 'brand'... 

Let Me On Stage

Let Me On Stage

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Presented by Neil Patterson (Drake Music Scotland’s Let Me On Stage Champion) and Sam Maggs (Gig Buddies Scotland Project Coordinator) this talk, interspersed with performances, explores how disabled musicians are currently limited by several factors – from access to stages, to attitudes/awareness of programmers and audiences... 

Meet the Venues

Meet the Venues

Are you thinking of bringing a show to the Fringe next year? The venue marketplace offers a unique opportunity to meet with venue representatives face to face, pitch your show and get a chance to see the spaces when they are fully operational... 

The Network Ensemble: Finding Your Voice in Theatre

The Network Ensemble: Finding Your Voice in Theatre

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Hosted by the Scottish Drama Training Network and The Network Ensemble, join us for a panel discussion with Propeller Director Caitlin Skinner and theatre industry guests, focusing on supporting emerging talent and young people’s voices in making socially engaged theatre... 

Disabled Artists Meetup

Disabled Artists Meetup

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A mixer to celebrate disabled artists and allies coming together at the Fringe from all over the world. Join us for a drink, make connections, meet future collaborators and celebrate our successes in a supportive and fun environment!  

How to Do a Show at the Fringe

How to Do a Show at the Fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest open access arts festival in the world. The Fringe can be a brilliant experience and invaluable for your career, but you need to be prepared... 

Make It as an Arts Journalist

Make It as an Arts Journalist

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. What’s it like being an arts journalist in 2018? How have blogs, social media and online journalism changed the way that journalists find and produce work? Join Thom Dibdin, Scotland Correspondent for The Stage and founder of All Edinburgh Theatre, Edinburgh’s only dedicated theatre website, to hear about his experience of the changing world of arts journalism over the past 25 years... 

Meet the Producers

Meet the Producers

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. This hour and a half session provides an informal session with a panel of experienced performing arts producers, who will explain the secrets of their trade and answer your questions  

How to Work with BSL Interpreters

How to Work with BSL Interpreters

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Discover the options for working with BSL interpreters, from the traditional to the innovative. Catherine King and Yvonne Strain of Sign Arts explore the options available... 

Being a Female Leader in Theatre

Being a Female Leader in Theatre

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Join our panel of women leading the theatre industry as they share the learning experiences that built their careers, offer their top three life lessons to becoming an industry leader, suggest practical steps for excelling in your career beyond the Fringe and answer the questions you’re burning to ask... 

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Creative work is usually made in harmony but deciding who owns the final work can cause uncertainty and strife. This session will teach you the basic rules that help you decide if there is copyright in a work, who owns the copyright in a work and how to use a work when you are not the copyright owner... 

Creative Edinburgh Career Cafe

Creative Edinburgh Career Cafe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Creative Edinburgh’s Career Cafe will offer peer-to-peer support for your creative journey, CV feedback, and career coaching... 

Access All Areas: Creative Work Backstage

Access All Areas: Creative Work Backstage

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Join the creative team from SDTN’s The Network Ensemble in a panel discussion about their experiences starting out in technical theatre... 

Five Strategies for Success

Five Strategies for Success

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. There are many successful people in our industry, but how have they achieved this? What do successful people do to turn their aspirations into reality? Come along to this session with Equity to look at the strategies these people use and see how you can apply them to achieve your own creative goals and maximise your career potential... 

Your Organisation Structure

Your Organisation Structure

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. As your organisation grows, funders and other advisors may suggest you need a more a formal structure. This session will guide you through the choices... 

Contracts: The Why, What and How Explained

Contracts: The Why, What and How Explained

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Whenever your organisation enters into a business arrangement there is likely to be a contract in existence, whether it is written or just implied by conversation and actions... 

Whose Story Is It Anyway?

Whose Story Is It Anyway?

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Our stages, our stories. Engaging discussion examining the representation of disabled lives on stage and the impact of casting choices... 

ISPA Series at the Fringe: Regional Focus – Latin America

ISPA Series at the Fringe: Regional Focus – Latin America

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe Participants. Latin America is a vast region representing many cultures. As the region’s cultural riches grow in global impact, there are many opportunities for exchange... 

Blank Page

Blank Page

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Much of the theatre we make starts with a story or a script given to us by someone else. But what if we started with a blank page? What if we could make theatre from our own ideas, our own perspective, our own stories? Founded on the core values of ownership, authorship and collaboration this session explores practical ways to support young artists to develop their ideas and find their voice through performance. 

Demystifying Access: How to Create Better Access for Audiences

Demystifying Access: How to Create Better Access for Audiences

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. How can artists, companies, producers and venues create better access for audiences? Join Unlimited, the commissioning programme for disability-led artworks, to demystify how to creatively embed access and use it to enhance artistic dialogue and content without compromising on aesthetics... 

A New ERA

A New ERA

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Equity and ERA 50:50 present a panel about changing the balance on film, TV and theatre so that women are represented in equal numbers to men... 

Meet the YMC

Meet the YMC

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Equity has a committee of young members (aged 30 and under) who aim to protect, promote and extend the rights and interests of their peers in the entertainment industry... 

1-2-1 with the Independent Theatre Council

1-2-1 with the Independent Theatre Council

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. An opportunity for new companies, producers and other fringe participants to discuss their legal, financial, management and marketing issues with ITC's expert team... 

Opportunities for New Musical Theatre After the Fringe

Opportunities for New Musical Theatre After the Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. If you’re a producer, director or writer of a new musical at the Fringe, join us for networking, advice and discussion about further opportunities in the UK for your current or future musical theatre production... 

A Gathering: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Artists at the Fringe

A Gathering: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Artists at the Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A facilitated discussion and gathering of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic artists and companies at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe... 

National Touring With Black Theatre Live

National Touring With Black Theatre Live

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A panel discussion of producers, theatre directors and Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) companies from Black Theatre Live on their experience of touring together... 

Don't Speak

Don't Speak

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. An arts PR. A culture journalist. A relatively new podcast. No words spoken until one of them hits record. It’s the third week of the Fringe, what can possibly go wrong? Join Miriam Attwood of Storytelling PR and Amy Taylor, the theatre editor of The Skinny as they talk breaking down barriers as women sweating blood at EdFringe... 

Creating Stories Through Soundscapes

Creating Stories Through Soundscapes

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. We all have a story to tell and music is a powerful and meaningful form of human communication. We learn to understand sounds way before language and they are more direct, uncomplicated and honest than words... 

COMMON: Networking Event for Working-Class Artists at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

COMMON: Networking Event for Working-Class Artists at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

COMMON is an arts organisation which exists to support the UK theatre industry in achieving greater socio-economic diversity, and help working-class artists build sustainable careers in theatre... 

Dignity in the Workplace – Changing the Culture

Dignity in the Workplace – Changing the Culture

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Join Equity, The Independent Theatre Council and UK Theatre in discussing the industry’s response to bullying and harassment... 

Equity: Drop-in Advice

Equity: Drop-in Advice

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Informal, individual drop-in space for you to ask Equity’s advice about your work or career – contracts, pay, training, marketing or any other issue you want to discuss... 

Pushing Boundaries in Work for Young Audiences

Pushing Boundaries in Work for Young Audiences

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Come and hear about PUSH, a two-year Creative Europe co-operation project led by Imaginate (Scotland) with partners in Belgium, Ireland, Norway and Denmark... 

Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Performing Arts Company

Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Performing Arts Company

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. This session provides an overview of the fundamental information that you should be aware of when setting up a performing arts company... 

Devoted and Disgruntled: What Can We All Do to Build a More Sustainable Fringe for Everyone?

Devoted and Disgruntled: What Can We All Do to Build a More Sustainable Fringe for Everyone?

Part of the Fringe Central Programme for Fringe participants. Artist, technician, venue staff or audience member – you’ll know the pains as well as the joys of the Fringe. This is your chance to help make the Fringe work better for the very people who give it reason... 

Beyond the Fringe: Touring to London

Beyond the Fringe: Touring to London

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Insight into opportunities for touring in London. Including useful and practical advice on developing relationships with theatre programmers and Artistic Directors. 

Conquering Performance Anxiety

Conquering Performance Anxiety

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Dr Pippa Wheble is a GP with a special interest in performing arts medicine and performance anxiety. She is a Transformational Breath Facilitator™ and trainer... 

The Fringe Fair

The Fringe Fair

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. An opportunity to meet key organisations such as funders, arts councils, training providers and agencies. Taking the format of a career fair, you can browse from table to table gathering the knowledge and advice you need... 

Fringes Around the World: What Fringe Next?

Fringes Around the World: What Fringe Next?

Performer/producer? Want to tour the world? What touring opportunities are out there? A once-a-year chance to meet and hear from fringe festival directors from around the world; alongside a fascinating insight from performers who have been there and done it! Join the discussion and get the insights, hear and share how to take part and how they differ to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe... 

The Fringe World Fair

The Fringe World Fair

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. This is your chance to meet Fringes from across the globe and find out how you can take part in their festivals... 

Brighton Up Your Fringe!

Brighton Up Your Fringe!

Ready to take your show to England’s largest arts festival? Want to showcase your work to a fresh audience? If you answered yes to these questions, this is the event for you! Learn how to take part in Brighton Fringe 2019... 

Disobey: Art as Activism in a Time of Turmoil

Disobey: Art as Activism in a Time of Turmoil

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. ‘Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state has become lawless and corrupt’ (Mahatma Gandhi). Does art have the power to generate social and political change? It’s a question that has been discussed endlessly over the centuries, but seems especially timely in the past few years... 

Script Surgeries

Script Surgeries

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Writing a play and looking for some advice on how to take it to the next draft? The script surgeries are 50-minute, one-to-one sessions on an extract from your play with professional playwrights... 

Fringe Queer Artists Kiki

Fringe Queer Artists Kiki

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Let’s have a kiki! Drag duo Hasadick and Rosay host this year’s LGBTQ artist mixer. The goal of this event is not only to bring queer artists together, but to create a network of potential collaborators worldwide... 

Directing: Best Practice

Directing: Best Practice

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Stage Directors UK present an informal panel discussion with current leading Directors, practitioners and stage managers on how to ensure best practice whilst in production... 

Auditions: MA and MFA Acting International

Auditions: MA and MFA Acting International

An opportunity to apply for East 15 Acting School's MA/MFA Acting International programme. Candidates need to prepare two monologues lasting no more than one and a half minutes each: one from a Shakespearean or Jacobean play and one from a contemporary (post 1950) play... 

Reviewing Different Genres at the Fringe

Reviewing Different Genres at the Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. The Fringe attracts critics from all over the world, who come to review the incredible breadth and variety of work here... 

Creative Producing: A Workshop

Creative Producing: A Workshop

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A taster of Mountview’s Masters in Creative Producing, led by its course leader. Whether attendees are interested in applying for the course or not, Chris will talk about the key building blocks of Creative Producing from commissioning writers and working with venues through to financial planning and casting... 

Creative Talk: Let's Talk Blocks

Creative Talk: Let's Talk Blocks

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. What are blocks? A resistance that keeps us away from what we want to achieve? Simply a shapeless cloud that is merely passing by, or are they keeping us at a distance from what we want? Come and join me as I share some strategies on how to go around blocks in order to keep moving forward and find your natural state of flow. 

Breaking Glass (Ceilings)

Breaking Glass (Ceilings)

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. In 2014, Tromolo Production’s presented their award-winning production Biding Time (remix) which explored women’s experience of the music industry inspired by Louise Quinn’s 90s indie band, Hardbody... 

Rural Touring in the UK

Rural Touring in the UK

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. How does rural touring work in the UK? How can you take part? Gain insights on the benefits and opportunities in rural touring... 

Shining a Light on the Gender Gap in Technical Theatre

Shining a Light on the Gender Gap in Technical Theatre

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. In technical theatre, the majority of jobs are taken by men – but why? Staged for Life hosts a panel discussion on the non-male experience of technical theatre and questions what can be done to challenge the imbalance... 

COMMON: GROUND – Barriers to Staging Work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as a Working-Class Artist

COMMON: GROUND – Barriers to Staging Work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as a Working-Class Artist

COMMON: GROUND is an initiative developed by COMMON, an arts organisation who exist to support the UK theatre industry in achieving greater socio-economic diversity, delivered with support from leading theatres across the country... 

Voice and Movement Workshop

Voice and Movement Workshop

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. These practical workshops are led by senior staff of East 15 who will offer tools for keeping your voice, your body and your playful imagination alive during a demanding run... 

Backstage Takes Centre Stage

Backstage Takes Centre Stage

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. For those wanting to pursue a career backstage or for those who are already established, the Fringe Society hosts a discussion with Stage Managers and Technicians – often the hidden stars on the Fringe... 

Visual Theatre Meet-up

Visual Theatre Meet-up

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. The development of artists informs everything we do. Working with other leading, strategic Scottish organisations who also support puppeteers, clowns, physical and visual theatre artists, together we deliver year-round artist development and showcasing opportunities... 

Persistent and Nasty

Persistent and Nasty

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. The first Edinburgh outing of the debate series focussing on the female-identified voice in stage and screen. Male, male-identified, and gender fluid audience members are also very welcome... 

Schools at the Fringe

Schools at the Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. The Fringe Society is looking at how we engage with schools in Scotland and how this can be improved. If you are an artist or venue working with schools, join us as we explore what teachers want from the Fringe, and how best to talk to them... 

The State of Arts Criticism

The State of Arts Criticism

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Reviewing can be a powerful tool at the Fringe, but a controversial one too. Is a review from a critic with decades of experience worth more than one from a student journalist? Or are all reviews valid? And when anyone can write their own review on social media, do reviews from publications really matter anymore? This event takes a measure of the state of arts criticism in 2018 and wonders what the future holds... 

Site Specific Theatre Practice

Site Specific Theatre Practice

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. An interactive session with the head of Mountview’s Site-Specific Theatre Practice MA and pioneer of site-specific theatre Geraldine Pilgrim... 

Touring South Korea With Mid – Small Productions

Touring South Korea With Mid – Small Productions

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Did you know you should not write a name using red ink in Korea? This session will offer a frank and informative discussion about touring in South Korea, one of the major markets for international work... 

Dyslexia Awareness in the Arts

Dyslexia Awareness in the Arts

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Did you know that dyslexia isn’t only about difficulties with reading, writing and spelling? It is estimated that 1 in 10 people are dyslexic... 

Why Performance?

Why Performance?

Why Performance? is a series of panel discussions exploring the contributions that performance makes to human life and development. Discussions with experts and practitioners from diverse fields will explore: Performance and the advancement of human knowledge, performance and the advancement of human rights, with a representative from Amnesty International and performance and the advancement of human endeavour across three days... 

ISPA Series at the Fringe: Who Pays the Artists?

ISPA Series at the Fringe: Who Pays the Artists?

Costs are rising, while subsidies are shrinking and consumer behaviours are changing rapidly. How do we keep our industry’s ecosystem viable with the competing demands for resources? And ultimately, who is responsible for paying the artist? Should producers and presenters keep an eye on the economics and leave the artist to endure market forces? Or should the artists take control and create the cultural economy themselves? In a mixed economy who gets paid and who doesn’t – those who are worthy or those who shout the loudest? 

1-2-1 Surgeries for Creative Artists

1-2-1 Surgeries for Creative Artists

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. We invite seven companies or theatre makers to have a session to explore their creative path. Where you are now? What do you need to manifest to make a difference? What are your priorities? And how do you use the rest of your time at the Fringe most wisely? CGO also run monthly surgeries in London and Edinburgh on a pay-what-you-can basis. 

Artists of Colour Meetup

Artists of Colour Meetup

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. As part of the conversation on race, colorism and art activism, Shaina and pursuitofnappiness.org hosts the 4th Annual Artist of Colour Meetup... 

Make It as a Musical Director

Make It as a Musical Director

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. An interactive session with specialist staff from Mountview, one of the UK's leading Musical Theatre training providers... 

Text Analysis Through the Body

Text Analysis Through the Body

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. In this workshop the Head of the MA Classical and Contemporary Text programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Marc Silberschatz, will lead a practical, physical workshop that explores text through the body... 

BSL and English D/deaf Culture

BSL and English D/deaf Culture

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. In 2015, the RCS launched the only degree course of its kind in Europe, with an aim to train D/deaf performers. RCS’ Rita McDade leads a session for those interested in or currently working with D/deaf performers and will explore the possibilities of collaborating between languages... 

Mental Health Is a Fringe Issue

Mental Health Is a Fringe Issue

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Mental health is an increasingly prominent theme of Fringe shows. Here the Mental Health Foundation, which supports artistic work exploring mental health through its annual Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF) and other programmes, hosts a workshop to examine the challenges this kind of work presents for performers and audiences... 

Asian Artists Gathering

Asian Artists Gathering

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A tea-time gathering for Asian artists participating in or attending the Fringe as well as for those who have an interest in developing/touring work in Asia to come together... 

Acting Through Song

Acting Through Song

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. An interactive session with specialist staff from Mountview, one of the UK's leading Musical Theatre training providers... 

Acting for Auditions

Acting for Auditions

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A hands-on acting workshop looking at contemporary and classical monologues for auditions run by Mountview’s heads of Postgraduate Performance Merryn Owen and Sherrill Gow... 

Bilingualism(s) in Theatre: Creating Artistic Languages

Bilingualism(s) in Theatre: Creating Artistic Languages

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A practical and interactive workshop to discover new ways of making theatre beyond language and cultural boundaries! Challenge yourself at the tip of the tongue and get to work with award-winning theatre companies... 

What Did You Say You Do? You're an Actor?

What Did You Say You Do? You're an Actor?

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Which distinctive traits compel us to pursue a career as an actor? This informal discussion will bring rare perspectives, amusing reflections and honest insights from a selection of consummate actors, exploring their myriad paths to success, and the failures that got them there... 

The Comedy Conversation

The Comedy Conversation

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Join Leicester Comedy Festival Founding Director Geoff Rowe for an in-depth interview with a Fringe comedian talking about how they have navigated the Fringe over the years and how to make the best of taking part each August... 

In Conversation: The Future of Foreign and British Artists in the UK After Brexit

In Conversation: The Future of Foreign and British Artists in the UK After Brexit

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Join our panels of young people and artists from here and beyond to discuss the importance of intercultural collaborations and how Brexit might affect work and funding opportunities in the performing arts industry... 

1-2-1 Consultations DIY Ticketing on Tour

1-2-1 Consultations DIY Ticketing on Tour

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. These 20-minute long sessions will provide an opportunity to discuss the DIY ticketing options and strategies available to you, based on the specific conditions surrounding your show/production... 

Women, Humour and Power: 100 Years of Suffrage

Women, Humour and Power: 100 Years of Suffrage

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Women are the stronger sex and are still fighting for true equality. The first women got the vote 100 years ago and we now have many women in positions of power... 

Stand Up to Stand Out

Stand Up to Stand Out

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Humour is essential in our everyday lives and defines our humanity. As the leading community in female comedy, Funny Women runs many workshops to help people to perform, write and do business with humour... 

The Business of Playwriting

The Business of Playwriting

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Join a panel of professional practitioners, including colleagues with responsibilities for funding and fundraising, to discuss making a career as a playwright in Scotland... 

Bilingual Korea / UK Producers Workshop

Bilingual Korea / UK Producers Workshop

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. We invite Korean and UK producers and theatre makers present in Edinburgh to discuss collaborations which are possible across our languages, cultures and nations – to meet new producers, new writers, new companies and new ideas... 

Women of the Fringe: A Networking Event

Women of the Fringe: A Networking Event

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. 2018 is the Year of the Woman and we are excited to honor and recognize the fabulous femmes of the Fringe! Come celebrate, commiserate, and collaborate with wonderfully talented artists, performers, directors, writers, theatre makers, and practitioners of all kinds from across this year’s festival – relax, hang out, and network... 

Funding Creative Futures

Funding Creative Futures

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Learn about the ins and outs of running a crowdfunding campaign from Kickstarter’s Senior Performance Lead, Jessica Massart... 

Surviving and Moving Forward from the Fringe

Surviving and Moving Forward from the Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. End of week one – what have you learned? What do you still need to know? How do you survive? How do you thrive? How do you capture opportunities, attract more audience, and get noticed? Join three producers who have been there, done it, felt the pain, and have come back with shows again... 

Navigating the Labyrinth: US Visas for Performing Artists

Navigating the Labyrinth: US Visas for Performing Artists

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A primer on the U.S. artist visa process. Topics will include figuring out if you need a work visa, which visa classification serves your needs, how to avoid common pitfalls, and the resources available to artists who are struggling through the process... 

Bilingual China / UK Producers Workshop

Bilingual China / UK Producers Workshop

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. We invite Chinese and UK producers and theatre makers present in Edinburgh to discuss collaborations which are possible across our languages, cultures and nations – to meet new producers, new writers, new companies, and new ideas... 

Drama and Autism

Drama and Autism

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Delivered by Lauren Oakes, this workshop will highlight experiences from running Perth Autism Youth Theatre – Scotland’s first, and only, youth theatre for young people on the autism spectrum... 

A Mentally Well Fringe

A Mentally Well Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. The Fringe can be a stressful and pressured time (as well as an exciting one!), we will offer Fringe participants the opportunity to sample some experiences commonly used in psychological therapy practice, which are known to help mental well-being... 

Discover Down Under at Adelaide Fringe

Discover Down Under at Adelaide Fringe

Discover Adelaide Fringe, Australia’s largest open access festival! The Fringe transforms Adelaide into a festival wonderland, with over 1,200 events across every art form in over 400 venues... 

V for Verbatim

V for Verbatim

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Join the creative team from Blackout, a play scripted entirely from interviews with recovering alcoholics, for a workshop exploring the use of verbatim text in building dramatic stories for the stage... 

You, Me and Everything In-Between

You, Me and Everything In-Between

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Award-winning theatre company Glas(s) Performance lead a workshop on creating intergenerational theatre that seeks to inspire and provoke... 

The Future Voice of Theatre Critics

The Future Voice of Theatre Critics

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Come and hear from a new network of Young Critics who are reviewing work across the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Scotland throughout 2018... 

Dragging You into the Mainstream

Dragging You into the Mainstream

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Civil Disobedience and a panel of special guest artists explore how the rising prominence of the underground drag scene is informing cultural discussions surrounding social issues including gender, race and sexual orientation... 

Auditions: BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice

Auditions: BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice

RCS is holding auditions for this programme for aspiring performance makers wishing to develop their skills as innovative and socially engaged performers, directors, teachers and cultural leaders... 

Hear Me

Hear Me

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Writer and performer Ramesh Meyyappan, whose play Off Kilter explores mental well-being and identity, leads a workshop on visual theatre and non-verbal storytelling... 

Entertainment and Publishing Contracts: A Guide for the Wannabe

Entertainment and Publishing Contracts: A Guide for the Wannabe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Nothing gets the adrenaline of an artiste or an author flowing quite like that first offer of a deal. Historically, contracts have been heavily weighted in favour of publishers, managers and producers... 

Moments of Discovery

Moments of Discovery

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. In the Year of Young People, join Starcatchers, Scotland’s National Arts and Early Years Organisation, and choreographer Christine Devaney in a practice-sharing workshop... 

The Art of Sponsorship

The Art of Sponsorship

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. This quick-fire seminar, led by Carl Watt, Arts & Business Scotland, will take you through the key steps to arts sponsorship from attracting a business to nurturing and developing long-lasting arts and business partnerships... 

From Worrier to Warrior: Introduction Anahata Yoga Session

From Worrier to Warrior: Introduction Anahata Yoga Session

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Session includes breathing (Pranayama), physical (Asana) and relaxation exercises (Nidra) playing with the Five Element Form... 

1-2-1 Consultations: Touring to the US for Small Productions

1-2-1 Consultations: Touring to the US for Small Productions

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. These sessions are 20-minute long and are opportunities to discuss how your company can successfully tour to the US... 

Auditions: MA Classical and Contemporary Text

Auditions: MA Classical and Contemporary Text

The RCS is holding auditions for this innovative programme for actors and directors, with some experience, who want to become more reflective, aspirational practitioners. Please visit our website at: rcsedfest... 

ISPA Series at the Fringe: Generational Divides – In Transition

ISPA Series at the Fringe: Generational Divides – In Transition

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Pre-war (pre-1946), Baby Boomers (1946-1964), Gen X (1965-1980), and Millennials (1981-2000): How is the nature of leadership changing through these transitions? Do governance and management structures need to transform in response? Is there increased responsibility to be adopted and by whom? Join a cross-generational, cross-cultural dialogue to open up the issues behind these questions. 

The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Get away from the madding crowd to this calm, silent space where you can just be for a while before getting back out there... 

What Did You Say You Do? You're a Comedian?

What Did You Say You Do? You're a Comedian?

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. What sort of individual pursues a career as a comedian? This informal discussion will bring rare perspectives, amusing reflections and honest insights from a selection of comedic specialists in varying disciplines, exploring their myriad paths to success, and the failures that got them there... 

Make the Most of Online Listings

Make the Most of Online Listings

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Rich, structured event listings can be a powerful part of your marketing strategy. When done properly, well distributed listings can help your show to appear higher in search engines and get you in front of new audiences... 

Parenting in the Performing Arts Coffee Morning

Parenting in the Performing Arts Coffee Morning

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Join other parents/carers and their children at an informal coffee morning. A chance to relax, socialise, (re)connect with the sector and chat about the barriers facing carers working in the performing arts... 

Damn Everything but the Circus: Discussions

Damn Everything but the Circus: Discussions

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Facilitated by National Centre for Circus Arts graduate, Vee Smith, each session will have a different panel of industry professionals with Q&A's and will explore some of the factors that shape the world of Circus... 

Responsible Reviewing

Responsible Reviewing

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Should we put any limits on the freedom of the press to express their opinion? Should a reviewer be able to write whatever they want about a performance? Join us as we explore how ‘fair comment’ affects journalists working at the Fringe, and the impact it has on the relationship between artist and critic... 

Engine Room Lounge

Engine Room Lounge

A space for artists, producers and makers to come together as collaborators, friends or individuals to meet and think, chill out and create some headspace during the world’s busiest festival... 

Produce and Chill

Produce and Chill

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. How's the Fringe going for you? Are you producing or presenting a show at the Fringe? If so, take some time out and join fellow producers and self-producing artists to share your Fringe experience, ask each other for feedback, share tips and plan for life beyond the Fringe... 

Making Your Show Accessible: The Basics

Making Your Show Accessible: The Basics

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Join Birds of Paradise Theatre Company for a conversation about how they creatively build accessibility into their productions... 

Devising Theatre for Social Change with Caitlin Skinner

Devising Theatre for Social Change with Caitlin Skinner

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A practical workshop for performers and theatre makers exploring methods for creating original theatre through collaboration and improvisation based around themes of social change... 

Immersive Theatre: History and Inspiration

Immersive Theatre: History and Inspiration

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. With roots in Richard Schechner’s environmental theatre and Grotowski’s paratheatrical experiments, immersive theatre traces its origins to a company called Gorilla Rep, an idea called 'gorilla theatre', and a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1989... 

Get Your Show Seen by the Right People

Get Your Show Seen by the Right People

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe enjoys a unique position as the biggest and best international arts market in the world, which means that it attracts thousands of arts professionals from all over the globe: venue programmers, producers, festival directors and agents who are looking to discover new talent, book a touring show or establish new collaborations... 

How to Tour Your Show

How to Tour Your Show

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A common objective for artists participating in the Fringe is to create touring opportunities for their work. This seminar will talk about the various types of touring that exist, how you develop your networks, and how to plan, prepare and manage a tour... 

Auditioning for Drama School

Auditioning for Drama School

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. This practical workshop will provide insight, tips and hints about how to maximise the participants' potential for success when auditioning for acting courses... 

Using Technology to Support Artists with Dyslexia

Using Technology to Support Artists with Dyslexia

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. This session looks at some of the pluses and minuses associated with dyslexia for people in the performing arts... 

Social Media: The Next Step

Social Media: The Next Step

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. How do you join up your social media channels with the marketing and PR campaigns for your show? What are the best ways to engage with the wider festival audience and what are the top tips for making an impact on social... 

Shouting 'Action' at a Distance: Collaborative Productions Beyond Borders

Shouting 'Action' at a Distance: Collaborative Productions Beyond Borders

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. The internet has accelerated the flow of creativity across borders, but many obstacles still remain. Overcoming linguistic barriers, cultural differences, and time zones is the task of the current generation of artists... 

Intellectual Property Rights for Fringe Performers

Intellectual Property Rights for Fringe Performers

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. This session will help you understand the rules and tools you can use to identify what intellectual property rights you might own, what you can do with them, how you can protect them in the digital environment, and which legally permitted uses you can rely upon when using intellectual property created by others... 

Creating Contemporary Performance

Creating Contemporary Performance

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. This workshop introduces participants to the process of creative devising – making their own original performance work from their own ideas and experiences of the world in which they live... 

Meet the Media

Meet the Media

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. An event like no other and one of the most popular opportunities at the festival, this is your chance to meet media representatives and get face to face with journalists to help promote your show... 

First Time at the Fringe

First Time at the Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Is this your first time? Edinburgh can be daunting for new participants. Come and meet Fringe Society staff and learn what we can do to support your experience while in Edinburgh... 

Fringe Central Welcome Address

Fringe Central Welcome Address

Join Deborah Frances-White, stand-up comedian, screenwriter and host of podcast The Guilty Feminist, to formally welcome you to Fringe Central and mark the start of the 2018 Fringe... 

Social Media for Beginners

Social Media for Beginners

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. How do you go about promoting your show on social media? What are the dos and don’ts? What social media channels are best for you and how do they work? Discover how to make the most of social media in this introductory workshop... 

The 15 Minute Get in (and Get Out)

The 15 Minute Get in (and Get Out)

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A session on how anyone (even you!) can set up and strike your show quickly and efficiently – 15m In and Out gives time-saving (and sanity-saving) tips from a highly experienced stage and production manager, East 15's Sheryl-Lynn Valensky... 

Going Solo, Together

Going Solo, Together

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A unique opportunity for solo performers to meet each other and Fringe Society staff. Enjoy some light nibbles and refreshments whilst making friends, supporting each other and building relationships that will sustain you during your run and perhaps beyond... 

Cabaret Chinwag

Cabaret Chinwag

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Join cabaret critic Ben Walters (Scotsman, NotTelevision.net) and guests for a natter about the hottest shows and latest rumblings in cabaret at the Fringe... 

Sustainability at the Fringe Reception

Sustainability at the Fringe Reception

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Whether you're new to social, economic and environmentally sustainability practice at the Fringe, or you've been a leader in LED-lighting, community engagement or cycle-powered shows for years, we invite you to celebrate sustainability in all shapes and forms at the festival! With expertise from two leading arts and sustainability organisations and refreshments on hand, come and meet others passionate about sustainability in the arts... 

How to Get Your Show Noticed

How to Get Your Show Noticed

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Meet marketing, PR and media experts – tips on everything from social networking and contacting reviewers to increasing audience numbers... 

Get into the Industry – An Introduction to Lighting

Get into the Industry – An Introduction to Lighting

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Ever wanted to shine the spotlight rather than stand under it? In this free workshop learn the basics of using and setting up lighting equipment and a bit more about how to get into the technical industry with Staged for Life... 

Marketing Your Show

Marketing Your Show

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Hear from our marketing team on effective ways to promote your show at the Fringe. Useful information on how to get your show noticed including engaging audiences through social media, flyering tips and writing effective press releases... 

Get into the Industry – An Introduction to Sound

Get into the Industry – An Introduction to Sound

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Let’s turn up the volume! In this free workshop, we’re getting loud! Come along to learn the basics of using and setting up sound equipment as well as a bit more about how to get into the technical industry with Staged for Life... 

CreativeMornings

CreativeMornings

CreativeMornings is a breakfast lecture series for the creative community. It exists in over 170 cities across the world, one of which is Edinburgh. Led by CreativeMornings Edinburgh Host Alex Humphry-Baker, the session began with a period of general mingling time, as might expected at a networking event... 

Creative Solutions for Creative Careers

Creative Solutions for Creative Careers

As part of Fringe Central’s Young Voices: Fresh Perspective programme, the Scottish Drama Training Network presented Creative Solutions for Creative Careers. Young arts creators were invited to the free hour long event to discuss the difficulties facing them as they enter the industry... 

Auditions and Interviews – MA Acting and MA Theatre Directing

Auditions and Interviews – MA Acting and MA Theatre Directing

East 15 is holding auditions for these dynamic MA degrees. For more information email [email protected] with Edinburgh in the email title. 

Fringe Guide to Running a Venue

Fringe Guide to Running a Venue

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Managing a venue at the Fringe can be a hugely rewarding experience, but is also a mammoth undertaking for all involved... 

Fringe Swap Shop

Fringe Swap Shop

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Unwanted props, usable furniture, gorgeous costumes – we want them all! Every Fringe, tonnes of items go to the bin when they could be reused elsewhere or recycled... 

Meet the Venues

Meet the Venues

Are you thinking of bringing a show to the Fringe next year? This event offers a unique opportunity to meet with venue representatives face-to-face, pitch your show and get a chance to see the spaces when they are fully operational... 

Bilingualism in Theatre - Discussion

Bilingualism in Theatre - Discussion

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Join the participants of the Bilingualism in Theatre – Workshop for a conversation on how you create bilingual theatre performances... 

Locating Your Inner Ooomph

Locating Your Inner Ooomph

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. How to locate energy and build resilience. This workshop gives tools to resource the inner “oomph” to thrive! Andrea Brooks combines vast experience of training professional actors with her fascination with the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves... 

How to Do a Show at the Fringe

How to Do a Show at the Fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest open access arts festival in the world. The Fringe can be a brilliant experience and invaluable for your career, but you need to be prepared... 

Bilingualism in Theatre - Workshop

Bilingualism in Theatre - Workshop

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe Participants. Explore how to create a bilingual theatre performance, share skills and experiences, explore reasons behind it and adjust the form accordingly... 

Whose Line is Anyway? – Captioning your Fringe show

Whose Line is Anyway? – Captioning your Fringe show

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Closed captions, speech to text, integrated captions, theatre captions... What's the difference, what's the cost, what will work best for your performance, and why bother? Join us for an informative discussion exploring the ins and outs of captioning... 

Discover Melbourne Fringe

Discover Melbourne Fringe

Sure, Edinburgh’s pretty awesome, but Melbourne Fringe is one of the most adventurous, edgy, exciting festivals around (even if we do say so ourselves). He’s come a whole hemisphere to talk to you, so join Creative Director Simon Abrahams for a chat and a drink as he dishes the dirt on the 2017 programme and how you can get involved... 

Setting Out

Setting Out

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Starting out in the business? Join us for a run through of key things on a need to know and need to do basis – finding sources of work, not getting ripped off, registering for tax, understanding the jargon – we can help guide you to it and through it. 

An Introduction to Copyright & Intellectual Property Issues

An Introduction to Copyright & Intellectual Property Issues

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Creative work is usually made in harmony but deciding who owns the final work can cause uncertainty and strife... 

Beyond Tick Boxes

Beyond Tick Boxes

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A ‘no holds barred’ session voicing the realities of engaging with disabled artists and audiences. Featuring a panel of organisations and artists who are pioneers in access and inclusion, including Battersea Arts Centre and Touretteshero... 

The Future of the Fringe as a World Stage

The Future of the Fringe as a World Stage

As we mark 70 years of this phenomenal festival we want to take stock and explore the future of the Fringe. Join Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Fringe Society to explore how the Fringe can continue to be a vibrant, globally-connected arts festival in a world where geopolitics are putting up boundaries and walls... 

Tara Theatre and Touring to London

Tara Theatre and Touring to London

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. An introduction to Tara Theatre and touring to London, and how to build profile at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to do so... 

The Future of Inclusive Theatre

The Future of Inclusive Theatre

A panel discussion with Caroline Bowditch (performance artist and choreographer); Dr Ben Fletcher-Watson (University of Edinburgh); Michael Richardson (Heriot-Watt University). As relaxed performances and BSL interpretation of theatre continue to rise, this panel asks: how will inclusive practice develop in the future? Autism-friendly spaces, D/deaf theatre and neurodivergent- and disabled-led companies all point towards new possibilities for performance by, and with, previously excluded groups... 

Meet the Producers

Meet the Producers

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. The Independent Theatre Council is at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to help you get started in the performing arts and to support you as you grow... 

The Outcast in Theatre

The Outcast in Theatre

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Do you ever feel like an Outcast? What, never?? This exploratory workshop uses clown, improvisation and multiple varieties of other mischief to investigate our theme of The Outcast... 

Introduction to Arts Sponsorship

Introduction to Arts Sponsorship

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. This quick-fire seminar will take you through the key steps to arts sponsorship from attracting a business to nurturing and developing long lasting arts and business partnerships... 

Sustainable Shows: Emerging Trends

Sustainable Shows: Emerging Trends

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Environmental sustainability is a growing trend in the arts, with opportunities for innovative artistic and production development... 

Rural Touring Introduction and Update Session

Rural Touring Introduction and Update Session

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. An opportunity to hear and ask questions about how rural touring works. Get up-to-date news featuring a panel of touring schemes, producers, funders and artists, followed by an informal networking session with touring scheme staff from England, Scotland and Wales, as well as rural touring programmers from Sweden and Estonia... 

Find Your Feet

Find Your Feet

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Being a performer is hard on the feet and not just for dancers... 

Your Organisation Structure

Your Organisation Structure

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. As your organisation grows, funders and other advisors may suggest you need a more formal structure. This session will guide you through the choices... 

Training for Technical Theatre and Acting

Training for Technical Theatre and Acting

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A presentation and Q&A about drama school training. Covering technical, costume, scenic art, design and directing as well as actor training... 

Get Your Brighton Fringe on!

Get Your Brighton Fringe on!

Ready to take your show to England’s largest arts festival? Want to showcase your work to a fresh audience? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, this is the event for you! Learn how to take part in Brighton Fringe 2018... 

Funny Money

Funny Money

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. What do you know about free gigs? Or Pay-to-Play gigs? Or ticketed bringers gigs? How do you feel about them? Come to this event organised by the Equity Comedians' Network which is actively working to create a climate where payments are fair and transparent... 

Equity: Drop-in Advice

Equity: Drop-in Advice

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Informal, individual drop-in space for you to ask Equity’s advice about contracts, pay, training, marketing or any other issue you want to discuss... 

Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Performing Arts Company

Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Performing Arts Company

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. ITC's legendary short course provides an overview of the fundamental information that you should be aware of when setting up a performing arts company... 

ISPA Series at the Fringe – Beyond the Transaction: Creating Internationalism

ISPA Series at the Fringe – Beyond the Transaction: Creating Internationalism

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. In a world of increasing cultural conflict, how are artist-led organisations developing new models that support enduring international connections, understanding, and great art? Vanishing Point’s Matt Lenton and Severine Wyper, and Ahmed El Attar of Downtown Contemporary Art Festival Cairo, Studio Emad Eddin and Summerhall Middle East Season, kick off this session exploring approaches to international creative partnerships, networks, residencies, co-production, and audience development... 

1-2-1 with the Independent Theatre Council

1-2-1 with the Independent Theatre Council

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. An opportunity for new companies, producers and other Fringe participants to discuss their legal and management issues with ITC’s Legal Manager... 

Amateur Theatre Meet Up

Amateur Theatre Meet Up

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A unique opportunity for amateur theatre practitioners to meet each other. Enjoy some light nibbles and refreshments whilst making friends, supporting each other and building relationships that will sustain you during your run and perhaps beyond... 

Sustaining a Career on the Fringe

Sustaining a Career on the Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe can provide a brilliant career springboard if you’re starting out but if you’re a mid-career artist how does the Fringe fit into your life? Is it compatible with having a family? Or a mortgage? Can you keep Fringe-ing as your career develops? The Stage and leading industry figures discuss strategies and solutions for sustaining a career on the Fringe. 

Black Theatre Live: Making the Most of Touring Opportunities

Black Theatre Live: Making the Most of Touring Opportunities

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. An introduction to the Black Theatre Live national touring theatre consortium with practical insight for companies and promoters into touring for diverse Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic artists at the Fringe... 

The Bigger Picture: Partnerships in Europe

The Bigger Picture: Partnerships in Europe

How do I develop relationships with professionals in other European countries? What opportunities are there to collaborate across borders with other creators. Join us to hear from Creative Europe-supported projects in music, theatre and dance that connect artists and other professionals across Europe... 

The Fringe Fair

The Fringe Fair

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. An opportunity to meet key organisations such as funders, arts councils, training providers and agencies. Taking the format of a career fair, you can browse from table to table, gathering the knowledge and advice you need. 

Contracts: The What, Why and How Independent Theatre Council

Contracts: The What, Why and How Independent Theatre Council

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Whenever your organisation enters into a business arrangement there is likely to be a contract in existence, whether it is written or just implied by conversation and actions... 

The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Your opportunity to get away from the madding crowd to a calm, completely quiet space where you can just be for a while before going back out there... 

Disability: The Low Down

Disability: The Low Down

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Join actor and artistic director Robert Softley (birdsofparadisetheatre.co.uk) and others in a discussion on being disabled in the entertainment industry... 

What Fringe Next?

What Fringe Next?

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Performer? Where can you go next? What touring opportunities are out there? A fascinating insight into other fringe festivals from a performer’s point of view! Meet and hear from performers who have recently experienced other fringes... 

Creative Producing: A Workshop

Creative Producing: A Workshop

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A taster of Mountview’s Masters in Creative Producing, led by its course leader Chris Grady. Whether attendees are interested in applying for the course or not, Chris will talk about the key building blocks of Creative Producing from commissioning writers and working with venues through to financial planning and casting... 

Fringe Artists of Colour Meet-Up

Fringe Artists of Colour Meet-Up

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. As a part of the conversation on race, colourism and activist art, pursuitofnappiness.org founder, Shaina Lynn is hosting a meetup in collaboration with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe... 

Fringe Festivals Around the World

Fringe Festivals Around the World

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A once-a-year chance to meet and hear from fringe festival directors and producers from around the world. Join the discussion and get the insights, hear how to take part and how they differ to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe... 

Script Surgeries with Gowan Calder and Stephen Greenhorn

Script Surgeries with Gowan Calder and Stephen Greenhorn

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Writing a play and looking for some advice on how to take it to the next draft? The script surgeries are 50 minute, one-to-one sessions with professional playwrights Stephen Greenhorn and Gowan Calder for registered Fringe participants and/or Scotland-based playwrights... 

World Fringe Street Café

World Fringe Street Café

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Breakout sessions aimed at Street and Outdoor Arts. Concentrating on career development and touring opportunities... 

The Performer Playwright

The Performer Playwright

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Why do some playwrights choose to perform their own work? What comes first, the performance skills or the craft of playwriting? Join Pauline Goldsmith (Bright Colours Only) as she explores the particular challenges and rewards of writing and performing a piece she knows intimately... 

Introduction to the Korean Arts Market

Introduction to the Korean Arts Market

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS) has established itself over the years as an important meeting point for cutting-edge artistic exchange and collaboration... 

Bilingual China/UK Producers Workshop

Bilingual China/UK Producers Workshop

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Come share a cup of tea and bilingual discussion with Chris Grady (London/ UK), author of Your Life in Theatre, producer and coach for creative practitioners, and Joanna Dong (London/China), producer and director of Performance Infinity, liaison for international theatre collaborations... 

Mastering the Media Matrix

Mastering the Media Matrix

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. The press release is dead! Join arts journalist Elaine Liner for an hour of insider tips and tricks for boosting publicity (with or without a PR person)... 

Street Arts – Where To Go Next?

Street Arts – Where To Go Next?

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. What opportunities are out there in the street arts sector? Join the discussion on current trends, overcoming issues and hear about new opportunities... 

The Future Voice of Theatre Critics

The Future Voice of Theatre Critics

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Come and hear from Scotland's new network of Young Critics (16-21) reviewing work across Scotland. Learn about the training, tools and insights they developed at an international exchange, and how they adapted these for their own context, creativity and voice as a critic... 

Why Postgraduate Study? A panel Discussion

Why Postgraduate Study? A panel Discussion

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Course leaders from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts discuss the benefits of Postgraduate Study and the range of courses on offer... 

Opportunities for new Musical Theatre after the Fringe

Opportunities for new Musical Theatre after the Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. If you’re a producer, director or writer of a new musical at the Fringe, come join us for networking, advice and discussion about further opportunities in the UK for your current or future musical theatre production... 

Surviving & Moving Forward from the Fringe

Surviving & Moving Forward from the Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A panel including Chris Grady (London), and Kate Taylor (Edinburgh) will look at making the most of your time in Edinburgh (with some immediate survival tips) and the time immediately after the festival to harness the way forward for you and your work... 

Backstage Takes Centre Stage

Backstage Takes Centre Stage

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. For those wanting to pursue a career backstage or for those who are already established, the Fringe Society hosts a discussion with Stage Managers and Technicians, often the hidden stars on the Fringe... 

One-on-One Surgeries for Creative Artists

One-on-One Surgeries for Creative Artists

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. An opportunity to spend 50 minutes, one-on-one with producer/coach Chris Grady, exploring where you are in your career/journey/project, and where you would like to be... 

Acting Through Song

Acting Through Song

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. An interactive session with specialist staff from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, the leading UK Musical Theatre training provider... 

Politics and Satire

Politics and Satire

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Satire has always been an important part of comedy and is healthy for politics. In a world gone a bit mad, where Donald Trump is the leader of the free world, satire may be the only way to make sense of things! Join Funny Women and a panel of political movers and shakers hosted by Ayesha Hazarika to discuss comedy and the changing world of politics. 

Make it as a Musical Director

Make it as a Musical Director

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. An interactive session with specialist staff from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, the leading UK Musical Theatre training provider... 

Feminism in Theatre

Feminism in Theatre

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A panel discussion featuring a selection of voices from across the theatre industry and across the globe – writers, performers, directors and critics – discussing: why is feminist theatre still necessary? 

Creating Contemporary Performance

Creating Contemporary Performance

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. This workshop introduces participants to the process of creative devising; making their own original performance work from their own ideas and experiences of the world in which they live... 

Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Join Youth Theatre Arts Scotland (YTAS) and Imaginate for a discursive workshop for age 13+ and adult theatre makers exploring: what is the "line" when creating with young people, who sets the parameters? To what extent are young people "active" collaborators? To what extent do young people create their self-representation when producing autobiographical work? What are the power dynamics at play between young and adult theatre makers?  

We're All in this Together: Part 2

We're All in this Together: Part 2

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Our first panel event put artists and reviewers on the same page. This session delves deeper to talk about responsibilities, as critics and makers ask, ‘can we change the world?’ Expect politics and personal viewpoints on the arts industry and beyond... 

ISPA Series at the Fringe – Art and Power: Creating New Models

ISPA Series at the Fringe – Art and Power: Creating New Models

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe Participants. Today artists have more control over how they create and distribute work, audiences drive when and how they participate, curators are less hierarchical in approaches to programming... 

Writing and Producing Your Own Work: Top Tips and Study Options

Writing and Producing Your Own Work: Top Tips and Study Options

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Central’s Professor Sally Mackey will lead an information session with the opportunity for questions on how to develop and hone the skills of writers and creative producers working in the creative industries across the globe... 

Careers in Theatre Production

Careers in Theatre Production

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Ros Maddison, Head of Production at RCS, outlines and discusses training and opportunities in Scotland in Technical Theatre, Theatre Production Arts & Theatre Design... 

Auditioning for Drama School

Auditioning for Drama School

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. This practical workshop will provide insight, tips and hints about how to maximise the participant’s potential for success when auditioning for acting courses... 

Auditions – BA World Performance and MA Acting International

Auditions – BA World Performance and MA Acting International

East 15 is holding auditions for both these creative and challenging courses, exploring global performance and acting for overseas students. For more information email [email protected] 

Adelaide Fringe Information Session

Adelaide Fringe Information Session

Adelaide Fringe is Australia’s largest open access festival, with over 1,100 events across every art form in over 400 venues. Meet the Adelaide Fringe team and previous Fringe artists and get first-hand tips on presenting your work in Adelaide... 

Don't Speak

Don't Speak

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. How do you present yourself to the media when gender becomes part of the agenda? Join us to discuss how to be smart when representing yourself with the media and push an equalist agenda... 

Mental Health is a Fringe Issue

Mental Health is a Fringe Issue

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. From Bryony Kimmings to Richard Gadd, more and more performers are using Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows to explore mental health issues... 

How To be an Industry Leader

How To be an Industry Leader

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Join our panel of theatre production industry leaders as they share the learning experiences that built their careers, offer their top three life lessons to becoming an industry leader, suggest practical steps for excelling in your career beyond the Fringe, and answer the questions you’re burning to ask... 

Asian Artists Gathering

Asian Artists Gathering

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A tea-time gathering for Asian artists participating in or attending the Fringe as well as for those who have an interest in developing/touring work in Asia to come together... 

Parenting in the Performing Arts Coffee Morning

Parenting in the Performing Arts Coffee Morning

Join other parents/carers and their children at an informal coffee morning. A chance to relax, socialise, reconnect with the sector and chat about the barriers facing carers working in the performing arts... 

Voice & Movement Workshop

Voice & Movement Workshop

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. These practical workshops are led by senior staff of East 15 who will offer tools for keeping your voice, your body and your playful imagination alive during a demanding run... 

Acting: In Conversation with...

Acting: In Conversation with...

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. The Fringe Society chats with actors at the top of their game. Hear how they started out, what they consider career highs and lows and what they would do differently... 

Queer Artists Mixer

Queer Artists Mixer

A casual get-together for queer artists attending the Fringe from all over the world. In the main concourse of Fringe Central, queer artists and allies meet one another and learn about each other’s work at the Fringe and beyond... 

The Art of Participation

The Art of Participation

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Scotland is world renowned for producing high quality participatory arts projects, although the work is not often seen, it reaches people far and wide around the country... 

Visual Storytelling

Visual Storytelling

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. This is a workshop for anyone interested in exploring visual theatre skills. What can we say on stage without words? The workshop will be led by artist Ramesh Meyyappan and will focus on how we create stories physically and visually using a technique called sign mime... 

The Local, The Global and The Universal

The Local, The Global and The Universal

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. How do you write about your own experiences and where you’re from, but still ensure it’s a story for everyone? How do you transcend the local and embrace the global and the universal? Writer Adam McNamara and director Joe Douglas (Stand By) deliver a practical workshop on writing and directing a new play rooted in lived experience, but still hugely imaginative... 

An Introduction to Critical Response Process

An Introduction to Critical Response Process

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. In this practical workshop, a CRP facilitator will introduce Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process and lead the group through a feedback session on a fragment of work in progress... 

Freaking Out and F*cking Up

Freaking Out and F*cking Up

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Building and maintaining a sustainable career in the performing arts, in whatever sense, requires an abundance of skills including a serious amount of determination, bravery and resilience... 

Stand Up to Stand Out: How to Find Your Funny

Stand Up to Stand Out: How to Find Your Funny

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Humour is essential in our everyday lives and defines our humanity. As the leading community in female comedy, Funny Women runs many workshops to help people to perform, write and do business with humour... 

EU Funding is Still Available...

EU Funding is Still Available...

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. This event will provide an overview of EU funding opportunities for the arts sector, including the Creative Europe: Culture sub-programme and others which are easy to apply for – no budgets or match funding required! EU opportunities continue to be relevant to the UK – at least until early 2019 – so make sure you are aware of what’s on offer... 

Freaking Out and F*cking Up

Freaking Out and F*cking Up

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Building and maintaining a sustainable career in the performing arts, in whatever sense, requires an abundance of skills including a serious amount of determination, bravery and resilience... 

The Art of Networking

The Art of Networking

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Does anyone actually love networking? And love it or hate it, how do you know if it's been useful? A fast-moving, practical session including live networking practice in a safe and supportive space to help participants enjoy making an impression and get the most out of networking at the world's biggest arts festival... 

Tickets to my Trauma

Tickets to my Trauma

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. An event for artists performing about themselves and their health, illness and disability to explore the question – how do we market, support and publicise ourselves when the specifics of ourselves are so hard to talk about? This event gives artists opportunities to be part of the growing TSOTF community by sharing ideas, strategies and conversations around the marketing and press needs of performances dealing with health, illness and disability. 

Speaking Out

Speaking Out

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Join Susan Worsfold, Director (The Last Post, Eve) and specialist in the Nadine George Voice Work technique, to explore creative approaches to developing your voice and how this approach can be applied to your own work and practice... 

Devil's Advocate Panel

Devil's Advocate Panel

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Imaginate and Caroline Bowditch (carolinebowditch.com), alongside a panel of invited provocateurs, will share some questions to spark off discussion and challenge our thinking around the visibility of disabled people in theatre and dance for young audiences... 

We're All in this Together: Part 1

We're All in this Together: Part 1

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. The myths that pit reviewer and artist as oppositional forces outdate the recent attention to ‘fake news’. This panel is a public relationship counselling session, as critics and makers get together to discuss the symbiotic relationship that fuels the arts industry, and ask ‘what do you want of me?’ Followed by an informal mingle to get to know what makes each other tick... 

One-on-One Consultations for Small Independent Productions Interested in Touring The U.S.

One-on-One Consultations for Small Independent Productions Interested in Touring The U.S.

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Offered in conjunction with Brown Paper Tickets’ workshop, US Tour Booking for Small and Independent Shows, these sessions are one hour long and are opportunities to discuss how your company can successfully tour to the US... 

Access Fringe: What Next?

Access Fringe: What Next?

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Our vision is for a Fringe where anyone can participate and physical, social, geographic, or financial factors do not prevent access... 

The Future of the Fringe in Edinburgh

The Future of the Fringe in Edinburgh

As we mark 70 years of this phenomenal festival we want to take stock and explore what the Fringe should look like in the future. Join Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Fringe Society to explore how the Fringe can work for local artists, performers and cultural entrepreneurs whilst remaining world-leading on impact, inclusion and access... 

US Tour Booking For Small And Independent Shows

US Tour Booking For Small And Independent Shows

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Thinking of touring in the US? This workshop will provide you with some useful information prior to getting started... 

I Second That Emotion

I Second That Emotion

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Michael John McCarthy and Martin O’Connor (Turntable) run a workshop on the crossover between music and storytelling, exploring the process behind their unique theatre project which aims to combat loneliness and isolation. 

Interviews – BA Stage and Production Management

Interviews – BA Stage and Production Management

East 15 is holding interviews for this practical-based professional training, which prepares you for production roles in theatre and creative industries. For more information email [email protected] 

ISPA Series at the Fringe – Festivals: Creating Opportunities

ISPA Series at the Fringe – Festivals: Creating Opportunities

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Some festivals develop organically while others are created for a very specific reason or purpose. This highly interactive session explores the unique dynamics at play in developing international festivals, and the unique opportunities they provide to audiences, artists and presenters... 

Live Shows in an Internet Media Age

Live Shows in an Internet Media Age

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Led by a panel of students, alongside alumni and staff from Queen Margaret University’s Media, Communication and Performing Arts Division, this discussion will offer perspectives and insights on the relevance and challenges of presenting live performance in a digital age, examining where writing, performance and production skills can blend with digital and online media. 

British Sign Language & English/Deaf Culture

British Sign Language & English/Deaf Culture

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Rita McDade leads a session for those interested in or currently working with deaf performers, and will explore the possibilities of collaborating between languages... 

Why do we need Amateur Theatre?

Why do we need Amateur Theatre?

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Scottish Community Drama is a national organisation supporting amateur theatre clubs across Scotland. We invite anyone with an interest in amateur theatre to a discussion about the challenges facing the sector... 

One for the Critics – Networking Event

One for the Critics – Networking Event

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Reviewing can be a lonely job so, while we’re all here at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, we’ve planned some time away from the frantic schedules of walk-watch-write-repeat to get together, grab a drink, and talk shop... 

A Mentally Well Fringe

A Mentally Well Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A team of mental health professionals from NHS Lothian will offer an experiential workshop. There will be a brief introduction to managing stress and distress followed by opportunities to try out different strategies and approaches including: mindful walking, mindful meditation, breathing and visualisation, body scan, music therapy, cognitive strategies, exercise and mental wellbeing, and compassionate approach to mental wellbeing. 

Social Media: The Next Step

Social Media: The Next Step

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. How do you join up your social media channels with the marketing and PR campaigns for your show? What are the best ways to engage with the wider festival audience and what are the top tips for making an impact on social. 

How to Tour Your Show

How to Tour Your Show

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A common objective for artists participating in the Fringe is to create touring opportunities for their work. This seminar will talk about the various types of touring that exist, how you develop your networks, and how to plan, prepare and manage a tour... 

Directing and Diversity

Directing and Diversity

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Join Jenny Sealey MBE, Artistic Director of Graeae Theatre Company and SDUK, to discuss how we address issues of diversity in our industry... 

Damn Everything but the Circus

Damn Everything but the Circus

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Facilitated by National Centre for Circus Arts graduate, Vee Smith, each session will have a different panel of industry professionals with Q&As, and will explore some of the factors that shape the world of circus... 

How to Win the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award

How to Win the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A session focused on encouraging productions to consider the sustainable design, marketing, operation, and strike of their shows, and to help them in their application for the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award... 

Theatre Production: Pathways and Possibilities

Theatre Production: Pathways and Possibilities

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A panel discussion looking at the variety of pathways to theatre production as well as the pros (and possible cons) of training in these disciplines and the abundant employment opportunities... 

Comedy: In Conversation With...

Comedy: In Conversation With...

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. The Fringe Society chats with comedians at the top of their game. Hear how they started out, what they consider their career highs and lows and what they would do differently... 

Access on a Budget

Access on a Budget

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. How much does it cost to make your show accessible? How can you bring that down? And is it worth it? Join our invited guests as we investigate the economics of access at the Fringe, and look at how to deliver an accessible show for as low a cost as possible... 

Sorted and Serene!

Sorted and Serene!

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A workshop which will look at the essential tools for staying serene and on top of production and stage-management tasks leaving you free to enjoy your Fringe! Sheryl-Lynne Valensky developed East 15’s Stage and Production Management programme... 

Cyber Risk and the Entertainment Industry

Cyber Risk and the Entertainment Industry

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. The Fringe potentially provides rich pickings for cyber crooks. Thousands of transactions happen every day with part-time workers using temporary box offices and venues with limited IT security... 

Get Your Show Seen by the Right People

Get Your Show Seen by the Right People

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe Participants. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe enjoys a unique position as the biggest international arts market in the world, which means it attracts thousands of arts professionals from across the globe: venue programmers, producers, festival directors and agents who are looking to discover new talent, book a touring show or establish new collaborations... 

From the Body to the Text

From the Body to the Text

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. In this workshop, RCS Head of the MA Classical and Contemporary Text programme, Mark Saunders, will lead a practical, physical workshop that explores connections of text and movement... 

Social Media for Beginners

Social Media for Beginners

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. How do you go about promoting your show on social media? What are the dos and don’ts? What social media channels are best for you and how do they work? Discover how to make the most of social media in this introductory workshop. 

The Business of Playwriting

The Business of Playwriting

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Join a panel of professional practitioners to discuss making a career as a playwright in Scotland. Chaired by Fiona Sturgeon Shea, Creative Director of Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland. 

Fringe Central Welcome Address

Fringe Central Welcome Address

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Join Panti Bliss, Ireland’s foremost “gender discombobulist” and “accidental activist” as she formally launches Fringe Central and gives her unique insight on all things Fringe... 

Budokon Yoga

Budokon Yoga

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Budokon combines yoga, martial arts, meditation, and animal movements! It will improve your strength, flexibility, control and balance, this combination of training elements is unique, fun, and challenging... 

MA Classical and Contemporary Text – Auditions

MA Classical and Contemporary Text – Auditions

The RCS is holding auditions for this innovative programme for actors and directors, with some experience, who want to become more reflective, aspirational practitioners. For more information visit www... 

First Time at the Fringe

First Time at the Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Is this your first time? Edinburgh can be daunting for new participants. Come and meet Fringe Society staff and learn what we can do to support your experience while in Edinburgh... 

DIY Mindfulness Toolkit Event

DIY Mindfulness Toolkit Event

Producing a show at, performing in, or attending the Edinburgh Fringe is exciting and inspiring but it can also be hectic and draining, an experience made even more challenging if your artistic practice involves narrating experiences of your own health, illness or disability... 

Cabaret Chinwag

Cabaret Chinwag

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Join cabaret critic Ben Walters, formerly of Time Out London, now of the Scotsman and NotTelevision.net, and guests for a weekly natter about the hottest shows and latest rumblings in cabaret at the Fringe... 

How to Get Your Show Noticed

How to Get Your Show Noticed

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Meet PR and media insiders for tips on everything from social networking and contacting reviewers to increasing audience numbers... 

One Person Production Gathering

One Person Production Gathering

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A unique opportunity for solo performers to meet each other and Fringe Society staff. Enjoy some light nibbles and refreshments whilst making friends, supporting each other, and building relationships that will sustain you during your run and perhaps beyond... 

Marketing Your Show

Marketing Your Show

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Hear from our Marketing and Media team on effective ways to promote your show at the Fringe with useful information on how to get your show noticed including engaging audiences through social media, flyering tips, and writing effective press releases... 

Disability Equality Training

Disability Equality Training

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A practical training session for front of house staff and performers to look at how you can better respond to the needs of disabled customers, as well as looking at some of the wider social issues. 

Contracts: The What, Why and How?

Contracts: The What, Why and How?

Whenever your organisation enters into a business arrangement there is likely to be a contract in existence, whether it is written or just implied by conversation and actions. This vital session will help you identify when a contract exists, provide practical guidance on how to draft a contract and explain the consequences of breaking a contract. 

Meet the Producers

Meet the Producers

The Independent Theatre Council is at the Edinburgh Fringe to help you get started in the performing arts and to support you as you grow. You are invited to Meet the Producers, an informal session with a panel of experienced performing arts producers, who will explain the secrets of their trade and answer your questions... 

How to Do a Show at the Fringe

How to Do a Show at the Fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest open access arts festival in the world. The Fringe can be a brilliant experience and invaluable for your career, but you need to be prepared... 

Rural Touring Introduction and Meet the Rural Touring Schemes

Rural Touring Introduction and Meet the Rural Touring Schemes

An opportunity to hear and ask questions about how rural touring works plus get up to date news involving companies, producers and touring schemes. Followed by an open session to network and meet touring scheme staff drawn from England, Scotland and Wales... 

Fringe Guide to Running a Venue

Fringe Guide to Running a Venue

Managing a venue at the Fringe can be a hugely rewarding experience, but is also a mammoth undertaking for all involved. You may be intending to take over an existing space and using it to create a makeshift theatre; or maybe you already manage your own year round space... 

Disability – A Creative Advantage

Disability – A Creative Advantage

Looking at disability from a fresh perspective, Jo Verrent, Senior Producer at Unlimited illustrates just how disabled artists are using their lived experience (of disability) as a creative spur to create art that is innovative and universally appealing... 

Adelaide Info Session

Adelaide Info Session

Every summer artists from around the globe head to Australia’s biggest open access arts festival. Find out what, where, why and how you can be part of this four week explosion of art, performance and fun... 

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

Creative work is usually made in harmony but deciding who owns the final work can cause uncertainty and strife. Find out the basic rules that help you decide if there is copyright in a work, who owns the copyright in a work and how to use a work when you are not the copyright owner... 

Your Organisation Structure

Your Organisation Structure

As your organisation grows, funders and other advisors may suggest you need a more a formal structure. This session will guide you through the choices. Find out what the difference is between a CIO and CIC, an LLP and a Ltd... 

East 15 Speed Dating Event

East 15 Speed Dating Event

East 15 Acting School is hosting an intimate speed dating event aimed at actors and new and developing companies. This is your chance to meet in a small group with industry professionals with a range of expertise... 

Musical Theatre: In Conversation With…

Musical Theatre: In Conversation With…

The Fringe Society chats with musical theatre practitioners at the top of their game about making it in the business. Hear how they started out, what they consider career highs and lows and tips for getting your foot in the door... 

Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Performing Arts Company

Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Performing Arts Company

ITC’s legendary short course provides an overview of the fundamental information that you should be aware of when setting up a performing arts company. ITC’s team of experts will explain company formation, planning, contracts and intellectual property law and much more... 

Voice and Movement Clinic

Voice and Movement Clinic

Are you feeling the strain of the festival on your voice and body? Come along to our voice and movement clinic to ease out some tension and freshen up your performance technique. Run by senior teaching staff at the dynamic East 15 Acting School... 

Children as Artistic Agents of Social Change: Whose Identity Is It Anyway?

Children as Artistic Agents of Social Change: Whose Identity Is It Anyway?

Article 12 (UNCRC) says adults must listen to and take account of children’s views and their creative expression should be valued. ENOC’s video shorts project, Austerity Bites: Children’s Voices culminated in 32 powerful films produced by European children about austerity... 

The Fringe Fair

The Fringe Fair

An opportunity to meet key organisations such as funders, arts councils, training providers and agencies. Taking the format of a career fair, you can browse from table to table gathering the knowledge and advice you need... 

Puppetry and Animation Workshop

Puppetry and Animation Workshop

An intensive and essential grounding in the principles of animation. We begin with the etymology of the word animation. ‘Anima’ meaning soul and ‘mation’ denoting movement. Gently we breathe life and soul into the objects and marvel as they come alive... 

On the Road: Touring Your Fringe Production to South Africa

On the Road: Touring Your Fringe Production to South Africa

South Africa's National Arts Festival is Africa’s largest and most colourful multi-discipline arts event held in Grahamstown each July. Spanning every genre the Fringe programme includes about 450 productions – mostly South African but with an increasingly significant international presence... 

Stand Up to Stand Out: How to Find Your Female Funny

Stand Up to Stand Out: How to Find Your Female Funny

Humour is essential in our everyday lives and defines our humanity. Lynne Parker created Funny Women in 2002, which is now the UK’s leading community for female comedy helping women to perform, write and do business with humour... 

Grow Old Disgracefully – Being Funny As an Older Woman

Grow Old Disgracefully – Being Funny As an Older Woman

Older women have the comedy edge because they are less inhibited and have more stories to tell. Award-winning octogenarian comic, Lynn Ruth Miller, started performing stand up in her 70s and has celebrated the art of growing old disgracefully in her show Ageing is Amazing... 

No Balls Please!

No Balls Please!

A fun and lively discussion about the competitive female spirit. Joined by a brilliant panel of comedians and sports women (who better to talk about competitiveness?) this event will provide an insight into the worlds of both comedy and sport from women in the know!  

Feeling a Little Sketchy: The Sketch Comedy Comeback

Feeling a Little Sketchy: The Sketch Comedy Comeback

Sketch comedy is making a comeback! If you’re not brave enough to try stand-up yet, then sketch is the perfect introduction to writing and performing comedy. More acts are pushing the boundaries of comedy and developing new styles that challenge audiences... 

How to Write a Sit Com and Get Yourself Noticed

How to Write a Sit Com and Get Yourself Noticed

Channel 4 celebrates the excellence of female writers and performers in 2015 with great comedy commissions from Sharon Horgan, Jessica Knappett, Caitlin and Caz Moran and Julia Davis... 

Does Age Matter?

Does Age Matter?

Is comedy just for young people? Are we overcoming misogyny to confront a new breed of ageism? Given that there is still a balance to achieve in terms of representing women on the small screen, where does age draw the line? We examine the impact of modern technology and improved access to new comedy, and explore how women are using this to get their work in front of commissioners. 

Stand Up to Stand Out: How to Find Your Female Funny

Stand Up to Stand Out: How to Find Your Female Funny

Humour is essential in our everyday lives and defines our humanity. Lynne Parker created Funny Women in 2002, which is now the UK’s leading community for female comedy helping women to perform, write and do business with humour... 

You Couldn’t Make It Up: How to Improvise

You Couldn’t Make It Up: How to Improvise

Improv comedy is a British export, adopted by America and is now making its way back across the pond to impact the ever developing UK comedy scene. Find out why with this introduction – just bring your imagination... 

Street Arts – Where to Go Next?

Street Arts – Where to Go Next?

Performers, join a discussion set up specifically for Street and Outdoor Artists. Hear from a panel of industry professionals about career development opportunities, touring destinations and how to progress and reach new audiences... 

Fringe Festivals Around the World

Fringe Festivals Around the World

A once-a-year chance to meet and hear from Fringe Festival directors around the world. Join the discussion and get the insights, hear why they're important and how they differ. Ask a question on how you could take part and tour to more destinations... 

The Lopsided Universe of Puppetry and Playwriting

The Lopsided Universe of Puppetry and Playwriting

A practical workshop with playwright Lewis Hetherington and puppeteer Ailie Cohen. Lewis and Ailie (The Secret Life of Suitcases) explore the creative possibilities of combining two different art forms to tell stories of adventure, liberation and discovery... 

Achieving Social Change, Festival by Festival

Achieving Social Change, Festival by Festival

Stella Hall is an agent of social and artistic change. She founded Newcastle's Juice, EAT and Enchanted Parks festivals, runs Darlington's Festival of Thrift and led the long-running (since 1193!) Preston Guild in 2012, Barclay's New Stages at the Royal Court and the Belfast Festival at Queen’s... 

Achieving Social Change, Festival by Festival

Achieving Social Change, Festival by Festival

Stella Hall is an agent of social and artistic change. She founded Newcastle's Juice, EAT and Enchanted Parks festivals, runs Darlington's Festival of Thrift and led the long-running (since 1193!) Preston Guild in 2012, Barclay's New Stages at the Royal Court and the Belfast Festival at Queen’s... 

Brighton Up Your Fringe

Brighton Up Your Fringe

Ready to take your show to England’s largest arts festival? Want to showcase your work to a fresh audience? Fancy a new Fringe experience? If you answered yes to these questions, this is the event for you! Come along and learn how to take part in Brighton Fringe 2016... 

Going There!

Going There!

A practical workshop exploring and confronting ‘issues’ through playwriting, performance and, importantly, comedy – with Robert Softley Gale and Johnny McKnight. Robert and Johnny (director and writer of Wendy Hoose) are leading theatre artists whose work entertains and challenges audiences in radical new ways... 

Creatively Curious?

Creatively Curious?

Curious to know what inspires theater makers? So are we! We are inviting Fringe artists from far and wide to share what inspires them. Come along and absorb a whirlwind evening of pure visual delights... 

Relaxed Performance: New Ways to Engage Children With Autism

Relaxed Performance: New Ways to Engage Children With Autism

Relaxed Performances now take place around the world. These events encourage vulnerable audiences to visit the theatre, particularly children with autism. Changes include reducing the intensity of special effects, visual stories to familiarise spectators with a venue, and training staff to assist visitors... 

Creative Exchange: Spoken Word

Creative Exchange: Spoken Word

A creative play space for Spoken Word artists. Meet your peers and exchange creative ideas, try out a new piece of material for critical feedback or simply share the inspirations behind your work. 

Acting: In Conversation With...

Acting: In Conversation With...

The Fringe Society chats with actors at the top of their game. Hear how they started out, what they consider career highs and lows and what they would do differently. Previous guests include Miriam Margoyles, George Wendt and Anthony Rapp... 

Diversely Creative

Diversely Creative

'We live in one of the most diverse societies the world has ever seen, yet this is not reflected in the culture we produce, or in who is producing it' (Sir Brian McMaster). What is the festivals role in supporting and encouraging BAME artists and producers? As the world’s largest open-access arts festival, where should the Fringe sit within this? 

What is the Point of Children’s Theatre?

What is the Point of Children’s Theatre?

Join leading makers as we discuss what motivates artists to make theatre and dance for young audiences. What have artists discovered about their practice and what have they discovered about their audiences?  

CGO Creativity Panel

CGO Creativity Panel

End of week one, how to capitalise on success, how to heal critical wounds, what to do next if you are a new creative artist/emerging company. Meet some critical friends. The session will be led by Chris Grady and one CGO Associate (see also CGO Surgery)... 

Phoney or False Reviews Online – What Can I Do?

Phoney or False Reviews Online – What Can I Do?

The bane of many a modern small company is the adverse online review. Years of goodwill can be undone by a one-sided online rant and a one-star rating. Some reviews are completely fake and intended to cause damage... 

Theatre: In All Its Forms!

Theatre: In All Its Forms!

A look at new and original ways of presenting and producing theatre. Join the creative teams behind A Play a Pie and a Pint, Theatre Uncut and The Village Pub Theatre to discuss the accessibility of their work and the relationship it creates with audiences and artists alike. 

Workshop with Voice Coach Yvonne Morley

Workshop with Voice Coach Yvonne Morley

Yvonne has been an established vocal coach for over 30 years, working in a number of drama schools and she is also an associate with the Royal National Theatre's Voice department. Yvonne will tailor the workshop to the needs of the group, covering presence, impact, range, accents and much more... 

Cabaret Chinwag

Cabaret Chinwag

Join cabaret critic Ben Walters, formerly of Time Out London, now of the Scotsman and NotTelevision.net, and guests for a weekly natter about the hottest shows and latest rumblings in cabaret at the Fringe... 

Meet the Agent: Paul Harper at Keddie Scott Associates

Meet the Agent: Paul Harper at Keddie Scott Associates

Paul works as the Scottish agent for Keddie Scott Associates Ltd, a London based agency. Paul's clients are currently appearing in River City, Outlander, Wicked, Once, Avenue Q, Macbeth (feature film)… to name but a few... 

Poorboy Playroom – More Fun, Less Fear

Poorboy Playroom – More Fun, Less Fear

How often is your creative practice playful? Is fun the thing we’re scared to have? Amid the pressures of the Fringe, Poorboy/The Bell Rock Co. use their unique methodology to help artists collaborate playfully and professionally... 

Self-Marketing for Actors: Spotlight's Emma Dyson

Self-Marketing for Actors: Spotlight's Emma Dyson

Spotlight's Emma Dyson will be giving essential advice on how best to market yourself in the industry, covering everything from CVs, photos and showreels, to how to approach agents and casting directors... 

How to Tour Your Show

How to Tour Your Show

A common objective for artists participating in the Fringe is to create touring opportunities for their work. This event will talk about how to develop your show after the Fringe with particular focus on touring networks in the UK... 

Be a Media Darling: How to Make the Press Love You and Come Back for More

Be a Media Darling: How to Make the Press Love You and Come Back for More

Need better media coverage? Learn easy steps for generating positive publicity in print, online – everywhere! – from social media pro and arts journalist Elaine Liner. Insider tips for working with/without a publicist... 

Comedy: In Conversation With...

Comedy: In Conversation With...

The Fringe Society chats with comedians at the top of their game. Hear how they started out, what they consider their career highs and lows and what they would do differently. Previous guests include Ed Byrne, Sean Hughes, Caroline Rhea and Greg Proops... 

The Transgender Tipping Point

The Transgender Tipping Point

‘My music is not based on my being transgender. It's based on my being a human being.’ – Lucas Silveira. In a year where transgender issues took centre stage, join a panel of artists and activists as they discuss gender identity in the arts, the challenges for the coming years and the impact of those magazine covers on the industry... 

WGGB – The Writers’ Union

WGGB – The Writers’ Union

WGGB is the TUC affiliated union for writers negotiating terms, agreements and conditions with BBC, ITV, C4, PACT and TMA. We lobby for writers at Westminster, Holyrood, and Brussels... 

Honest Deception: Challenging the Audience from the Heart

Honest Deception: Challenging the Audience from the Heart

A practical playwriting and performance workshop with Gary McNair (A Gambler’s Guide to Dying). Gary’s work is brave, funny and intensely human. Discover how he maintains an intimate relationship with his audience, how he generates ideas, and explore the process behind transforming these ideas into memorable theatrical experiences... 

Smash It Up!

Smash It Up!

Scottish playwright Stef Smith (Swallow, Roadkill) will lead a practical workshop for playwrights looking at the relationship of form, content and character. In particular, Stef will examine how and why a playwright might build complex characters for a chaotic, contemporary world... 

Scaling Up: From Fringe to Number One Touring

Scaling Up: From Fringe to Number One Touring

Producers David Hutchinson and Phillip Rowntree discuss how they grew touring company Sell a Door from a shoestring Fringe company to a large scale and West End production company. Founded in 2008, Sell a Door first produced a show in Edinburgh and now regularly tours large commercial theatres with tours including Avenue Q, The History Boys and Sunset Song... 

How to Sell Your Show

How to Sell Your Show

Meet PR and media insiders: tips on everything from social networking and contacting reviewers to increasing audience numbers. Led by the Fringe Society's media office, this discussion will give you invaluable advice on marketing your show at the festival... 

Contracts: The What, Why and How?

Contracts: The What, Why and How?

Whenever your organisation enters into a business arrangement, there is likely to be a contract in existence, whether it is written or just implied by conversation and actions. This vital session will help you identify when a contract exists, provide practical guidance on how to draft a contract and explain the consequences of breaking a contract. 

Fringe Guide to Running a Venue

Fringe Guide to Running a Venue

Managing a venue at the Fringe can be a hugely rewarding experience, but is also a mammoth undertaking for all involved. You may be intending to take over an existing space and using it to create a makeshift theatre or maybe you already manage your own year round space... 

Meet the Producers

Meet the Producers

The Independent Theatre Council is at the Edinburgh Fringe to help you get started in the performing arts and to support you as you grow. You are invited to Meet the Producers, an informal session with a panel of experienced performing arts producers, who will explain the secrets of their trade and answer your questions... 

Rural Touring Introduction and Meet the Rural Touring Schemes

Rural Touring Introduction and Meet the Rural Touring Schemes

An opportunity to hear and ask questions about how rural touring works involving companies, producers and touring schemes followed by an open session to network and meet touring scheme staff drawn from England, Scotland, Wales and further afield... 

How to Do a Show at the Fringe

How to Do a Show at the Fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest open access arts festival in the world. The Fringe can be a brilliant experience and invaluable for your career, but you need to be prepared... 

Rural Touring Introduction and Meet the Rural Touring Schemes

Rural Touring Introduction and Meet the Rural Touring Schemes

An opportunity to hear and ask questions about how rural touring works involving companies, producers and touring schemes followed by an open session to network and meet touring scheme staff drawn from England, Scotland, Wales and further afield... 

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

Creative work is usually made in harmony but deciding who owns the final work can cause uncertainty and strife. Find out the basic rules that help you decide if there is copyright in a work, who owns the copyright in a work and how to use a work when you are not the copyright owner. 

Adelaide Fringe Info Session

Adelaide Fringe Info Session

It’s all about Adelaide. Every summer artists from around the globe head down under to Australia’s biggest open-access arts festival. Find out what, where, why and how you can be part of this four week explosion of art, performance and fun... 

Your Organisation Structure

Your Organisation Structure

As your organisation grows, funders and other advisors may suggest you need a more a formal structure. This session will guide you through the choices. Find out what the difference is between a CIO and CIC, an LLP and a Ltd... 

Breaking Down Language Barriers

Breaking Down Language Barriers

The Fringe attracts artists, companies and audiences from all over the world, but how do you engage with an audience who don’t share the same first language as you? This discussion will look at when and why foreign language work succeeds, the challenges of presenting non English speaking work at the Fringe and what resources exist that could help you overcome language barriers... 

£500,000? Fine! Why Data Protection Matters

£500,000? Fine! Why Data Protection Matters

As you hire a cast for your latest production, send out mass promotional e-mails from a database or blog into the wee small hours, do you stop to consider whose personal data you are processing and whether what you are doing is subject to data protection laws? The specialist Data Protection Defence Team from BTO Solicitors discusses in plain language how to avoid an irksome £500,000 fine for getting things wrong. 

Creatively Curious?

Creatively Curious?

Curious to know what inspires designers and directors? So are we! We are inviting Fringe artists from far and wide to share what inspires them. Come along and absorb a whirlwind evening of pure visual delights... 

Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Performing Arts Company

Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Performing Arts Company

ITC’s legendary short course provides an overview of the fundamental information that you should be aware of when setting up a performing arts company. ITC’s team of experts will explain company formation, planning, contracts and intellectual property law and much more... 

Musical Theatre: In Conversation With…

Musical Theatre: In Conversation With…

The Fringe Society chats with musical theatre practitioners at the top of their game about making it in the business. Hear how they started out, what they consider career highs and lows and tips for getting your foot in the door... 

The Fringe Fair

The Fringe Fair

An opportunity to meet key organisations such as funders, arts councils, training providers and agencies. Taking the format of a career fair, you can browse from table to table gathering the knowledge and advice you need... 

Breaking Down Barriers: Working with Hard to Reach Groups

Breaking Down Barriers: Working with Hard to Reach Groups

A discussion on approaches to working collaboratively with people who face barriers in participating in the arts. Join a mixed panel of experts to explore the different types of barriers that exist and the successful engagement techniques and models that are helping overcome them... 

Auditions for the New York Film Academy

Auditions for the New York Film Academy

The New York Film Academy is auditioning students for the New York Film Academy's BFA, AFA, MFA and Conservatory programs in Acting for Film and Musical Theatre. For audition requirements please email [email protected] 

A Trade Union for Writers

A Trade Union for Writers

WGGB is the TUC affiliated union for writers negotiating terms, agreements and conditions with BBC, ITV, C4, PACT and theatre organisations. We lobby for writers at Westminster, Holyrood, and Brussels... 

The World Fringe Fair

The World Fringe Fair

This is your chance to meet Fringes from across the globe and find out how you can take part in their festivals. Browse the tables and meet organisers in person to discover all the opportunities to get your work seen on the UK and international Fringe circuit... 

Breaking Down Barriers: Women in the Fringe

Breaking Down Barriers: Women in the Fringe

Does the Fringe work for women? What images and messages do we see and hear? Are women fairly represented? Join us for a conversation about where women stand in the world’s largest arts festival and what, if anything, needs to be done... 

Breaking Down Barriers: Early Years Arts @ the Fringe

Breaking Down Barriers: Early Years Arts @ the Fringe

Presenting work specifically for early years audiences isn’t that common place in the Fringe. What’s stopping companies/artists and is there a way to overcome these obstacles? Join us for a conversation on why early years arts are important and how we make the Fringe more accessible for babies, toddlers and their adults... 

Interpreting Shakespeare with Ian McDonald and Liz Carruthers

Interpreting Shakespeare with Ian McDonald and Liz Carruthers

Led by poet and translator Ian McDonald and director Liz Carruthers, this practical workshop will explore innovative ways of adapting Shakespeare and other works of fiction. Ian’s acclaimed Gaelic translation of Macbeth, MacBheatha, directed by Liz, is part of the Made in Scotland showcase. 

What Fringe Next?

What Fringe Next?

Performer? Where should you go next? What touring opportunities are out there? A fascinating insight to other Fringe festivals from a performer’s point of view! Hear from and meet performing companies and venues who have recently experienced other Fringes... 

Fringe Festivals Around the World

Fringe Festivals Around the World

A once-a-year chance to meet and hear from national and international Fringe Festival Producers. Join the discussion and get the insights, hear why they're important and how they differ... 

Fringe Festivals Around the World

Fringe Festivals Around the World

A once-a-year chance to meet and hear from national and international Fringe Festival Producers. Join the discussion and get the insights, hear why they're important and how they differ... 

What Fringe Next?

What Fringe Next?

Performer? Where should you go next? What touring opportunities are out there? A fascinating insight to other Fringe festivals from a performer’s point of view! Hear from and meet performing companies and venues who have recently experienced other Fringes... 

Auditioning Effectively for the Camera

Auditioning Effectively for the Camera

Roger Del Pozo is the director of Performing Arts enrolment at the New York Film Academy and a casting director in NYC. Employing insights gathered from over 10 years working for some of the New York's busiest casting companies, he will take you through every step of what it takes to audition successfully... 

Careers in Film, the Digital Revolution and Crowd-Funding

Careers in Film, the Digital Revolution and Crowd-Funding

Blake Babbitt (383 Productions founder) is a producer and director based out of New York City. He will conduct an exciting and well-rounded filmmaking workshop that emphasises various careers in the film industry, the digital revolution and how to create a successful crowd-funding campaign... 

Smashed to Pieces in the Still of the Night with David Leddy

Smashed to Pieces in the Still of the Night with David Leddy

Practical workshop about making experimental multi-artform performance. How might we smash up stories and put them back together in a radical way? Emerging and experienced theatre-makers welcome... 

Brighton Fringe: Bring It On!

Brighton Fringe: Bring It On!

Are you ready to take your show to England’s largest arts festival? Do you have a new piece of work to showcase to a fresh audience? If you answered yes to either of these, this is the event for you... 

Brighton Fringe: Bring It On!

Brighton Fringe: Bring It On!

Are you ready to take your show to England’s largest arts festival? Do you have a new piece of work to showcase to a fresh audience? If you answered yes to either of these, this is the event for you... 

Streaming and the Music Industry

Streaming and the Music Industry

What impact has streaming had on the music industry? What are the pros and cons? A panelled discussion focusing on the key details involved in streaming music and the future of music consumption... 

Touring in the USA

Touring in the USA

If you have ever been interested in touring the United States with your show, either from abroad or from the US, this session will start the discussion about touring resources, different touring markets in the US and how to network with potential venues. 

How to Tour Your Show Internationally

How to Tour Your Show Internationally

Presented with the British Council, this event is for artists and producers interested in touring their shows at an international level. In addition to having a high quality piece of work that can generate opportunities overseas, you need to be very well prepared and have a strategy in place... 

How to Make It as a Visual Artist

How to Make It as a Visual Artist

How do you communicate your work to curators? And how do you develop your practice while earning a living? This event will provide useful advice and tips for putting together a portfolio and making sure your CV is doing you justice... 

Is an Arts Administration Degree for Me?

Is an Arts Administration Degree for Me?

Thinking of going into performing arts management? Have you wondered if you should get an arts administration degree? Meet and talk with others who are also asking these questions and consider your options. 

Meet the National Theatre Literary Department and Studio

Meet the National Theatre Literary Department and Studio

This talk is ideal for theatre-makers of all kinds who create work from scratch and want to find out more about how the National Theatre develops work. We will be taking questions regarding how we curate the Studio programme, how to submit scripts to the literary department and what kinds of development opportunities the National Theatre offers to artists... 

Acting: In Conversation with...

Acting: In Conversation with...

The Fringe Society chats with actors at the top of their game. Hear how they started out, what they consider career highs and lows and what they would do differently. Previous guests include Miriam Margoyles, George Wendt and Anthony Rapp... 

CGO Creativity Panel

CGO Creativity Panel

End of Week One: how to capitalise on success, how to heal critical wounds, what to do next if you are a new creative artist/emerging company. Meet some critical friends. The session will be led by Chris Grady and one CGO Associate (see also CGO Surgery Sat 9th)... 

Leaps of the Imagination with Natasha Gilmore and Robert Alan Evans

Leaps of the Imagination with Natasha Gilmore and Robert Alan Evans

Led by Barrowland Ballet’s Artistic Director Natasha Gilmore and playwright Robert Alan Evans (Pondlife McGurk, Sleeping Beauties), a lively workshop on adapting ideas for different audiences and art forms... 

Acting Workshop with Annelie Powell

Acting Workshop with Annelie Powell

Casting director at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Annelie Powell will be giving practical help and advice for auditioning and working in theatre and TV. She will choose six random CVs (from the 35 in attendance) and work one-to-one with the actor(s). 

Comedy: In Conversation with...

Comedy: In Conversation with...

 Fringe Central provides a series of free seminars and workshops for fringe participants looking to learn more about the industry and further their skills. In Conversation with... 

How to Be a Professional Actor: Spotlight’s Emma Dyson and Annelie Powell

How to Be a Professional Actor: Spotlight’s Emma Dyson and Annelie Powell

Spotlight’s Emma Dyson and casting director Annelie Powell will be giving essential career advice on everything from CV’s, photos and showreels, to how to approach agents and casting directors... 

Meet the Casting Director: Annelie Powell (Q&A)

Meet the Casting Director: Annelie Powell (Q&A)

Annelie Powell, casting director at the Royal Shakespeare Company will be discussing how she got started in the industry, the working life of a casting director and the process of a project from the first read-through of a script to the final stage of casting... 

Meet the Casting Director: Annelie Powell (Q&A)

Meet the Casting Director: Annelie Powell (Q&A)

Annelie Powell, casting director at the Royal Shakespeare Company will be discussing how she got started in the industry, the working life of a casting director and the process of a project from the first read-through of a script to the final stage of casting... 

Cabaret Chinwag

Cabaret Chinwag

Join cabaret critic Ben Walters, formerly of Time Out London, now of the Scotsman and NotTelevision.net, and guests for a weekly natter about the hottest shows and latest rumblings in cabaret at the Fringe... 

How to Tour Your Show UK

How to Tour Your Show UK

A common objective for artists participating in the fringe is to create touring opportunities for their work. This event will talk about how to develop your show after the Fringe with particular focus on touring networks in the UK... 

Be a Media Darling: How to Make the Press Love You and Come Back for More

Be a Media Darling: How to Make the Press Love You and Come Back for More

Need more media coverage? Can't afford a publicist? (Not happy with the one you have?) Learn to generate positive publicity in print, online - everywhere! - with easy steps from media expert and arts journalist Elaine Liner... 

Plays and Games: Getting the Audience in the Show with Clare Duffy

Plays and Games: Getting the Audience in the Show with Clare Duffy

Join playwright Clare Duffy for a practical workshop about the challenges of combining live interaction and scripted drama. Clare Duffy (Play Dough, part of Made in Scotland, at this year’s Festival, Money: The Game Show) is a playwright and director... 

Poorboy Playroom

Poorboy Playroom

How often is your creative practice playful? Is fun the thing we’re scared to have? Amid the pressures of the Fringe, Poorboy and The Bell Rock Co. use their unique methodology to help artists collaborate playfully and professionally... 

How to Sell Your Show

How to Sell Your Show

Meet PR and media insiders: tips on everything from social networking and contacting reviewers to increasing audience numbers. Led by the Fringe Society's Media Office, this discussion will give you invaluable advice on marketing your show at the festival...