The following venues are taking part in the Edinburgh Fringe open day on Saturday 16th February.
Venues are listed with a short description (provided by them) and instructions on when they will be available to view. Please note, that some of these spaces will be open for a prolonged period of time and others are offering tours at set times.
We’ve given you a venue map which has spaces shown by venue number. If you would like directions to any spaces, please just ask a member of staff.
The Roxy, a beautifully converted former chapel, is the latest addition to Assembly's growing list of venues. Built in 1809 and located just north-east of our George Square hub, the Roxy houses three performances spaces; the 400 seat former nave Roxy Central, the 168 seat Roxy Upstairs and our 60 seat studio Roxy Downstairs. The venue also offers two fully licensed bars.
Drop in 15:00-17:00
BEDLAM – VENUE 49: 11b Bristo Place, EH1 1EZ
At Bedlam we thrive on diversity, and every year our theatre programme brings together all kinds of performance to create a venue synonymous with artistic innovation.
Named for the mental institution that once stood on the site, Bedlam has grown to encapsulate the diverse and thriving atmosphere of the Fringe and become one of the Festival’s essential venues. The imposing premises at the foot of George IV Bridge houses a main stage that plays host to 13 shows this year. We're famed for our friendly staff and cosy cafe bar, creating a unique atmosphere for both performers and audiences alike.
Drop in 12:00-16:00
CORSTORPHINE YOUTH AND COMMUNITY CENTRE - VENUE 302: 14 Kirkloan, EH12 7HD
Corstorphine Youth & Community Centre is situated in old Corstorphine and the building itself is over 100 years old. However, it has recently been refurbished to a high standard. There are two halls which can be used. The main hall has a full satge with all lighting and sound equipment installed and can seat 120 theatre style.
Caroline Anderson will be offering tours of the space between 13:00 and 16:00
DANISH INSTITUTE – VENUE 64: 3 Doune Terrace, EH3 6DY
Small scale concerts (quintet is max), comedy, readings, discussions, theatre performances that don't use stage equipment, flat floor only, primitive lighting facilities
New Town Georgian Town House, Light airy 70m2 room on first floor (elevator and stairs), Grand piano on site, 60 comfortable seats.
All applications welcome. Gilded Balloon programme Comedy, Theatre, Childrens Shows, Cabaret, Physical Theatre, Exhibitions, Music and Musicals. We have performances spaces suitable for various different types of productions.
One of the longest running and well known venues on the Fringe. The Gilded Balloon has nine first class performance spaces and an experienced management team. Teviot, with its neo-gothic architecture, creates an atmosphere all of its own. It contains 7 bars including the exclusive, famous roof top bar, The Loft and the Library Bar all of which have a unique atmosphere. The place to be and be seen!
Rowan Campbell offering a guided tour at 15:30. Meet at the door of Teviot 5 minutes prior to tour.
We are looking for solo work about which you are passionate; plays that are character based and narrative driven and just happen to be for one performer. Outstanding work presented in Edinburgh will be invited to the 2014 London’s Face to Face Festival of Solo Theatre www.solotheatrefestival.co.uk
We will need to see copies of your text and video of past or current performances that demonstrate imagination and uniqueness of vision together with a quality of engagement and connection with your audience. We especially welcome performers seeking to extend their international and UK exposure and professional contacts as our venues are repeatedly visited by British and international promoters in search for new productions.
We operate 3 stages of different sizes:
Theatre - 5.5m x 5m end on stage, 4m clearance, up to 100 raked seats
Studio - 6m x 4.5m end on stage, 3m clearance, up to 60 partly raked and partly flexible seats
Living Room - panelled & mirrored room 5.5m x 4m with 2m x 1.5m performing space, up to 30 seats ?
Plans and video available on www.universal-arts.com
This is first ever venue dedicated to one solo theatre. The programme will be curated in conjunction with London’s Face to Face Festival of Solo Theatre some members of the ITI Monodrama Forum. We will run specialist workshops and discussions about the future of the genre which constantly gains popularity.
We are geared to the needs of professional theatre companies. We believe in delivering quality services. We employ professional technicians and provide specialist front of house training. We also pay professional wages to all of our staff and that is why we regularly have the same people working with us year after year meaning that our venues look attractive, clean and organised. We do not have hidden costs. We are very honest about our charges. If you calculate the added costs charged by other professionally run venues, you will see that the cost of performing in Hill Street Theatre is often cheaper. We also have a wide-ranging of deals to satisfy your financial situation.
To arrange a tour, call Tomek Borkowy on 0131 478 0195
2 different size halls. Air-conditioning. Popular ceilidh venue. Fringe groups get free entry to ceilidhs Monday-Thursday and can do a spot to advertise their show to our audience of 50-200.
Drop in 15:00-18:00
NEW TOWN THEATRE –VENUE 7: Freemasons' Hall, 96 George Street, EH2 3DH
Our programme is aimed at cosmopolitan and stylish audiences of all ages. UK and international professional companies presenting quality drama, physical and musical theatre are particularly encouraged to apply. We especially welcome companies seeking to extend their international and UK exposure and professional contacts as our venues are repeatedly visited by British and international promoters in search for new productions.
We operate four stages of different sizes:
Majestic - 8m x 8m end on stage, 6m clearance with wings and up to 360 raked seats (inc. balcony)
Mysterious- 6m x 4.5m end on stage, 2.8m clearance with wings and up to 200 partly raked and partly flexible seats
Magic - 3m x 3m end on stage, 3.2m clearance, black box stage with up to 50 seats, ?
Mini - 2m x 2m end on stage (opening 1.6m by 2m) with up to 30 seats, for puppetry or storytelling
We can also accommodate courtroom/discussion type shows in our lavishly decorated Comity Room (up to 50 seats) and sight specific shows in the kitchen (up to 30 standing audience)
Plans and video available on www.universal-arts.com
We are geared to the needs of professional theatre companies. Our programme is strictly curated. We are big enough to attract media, promoters and audience and small enough to deliver quality personal services to our participating companies.
We employ professional technicians and provide specialist front of house training. We also pay professional wages to all of our staff and that is why we regularly have the same people working with us year after year meaning that our venues look attractive, clean and organised. We do not have hidden costs. We are very honest about our charges. If you calculate the added costs charged by other professionally run venues, you will see that the cost of performing in New Town Theatre is often cheaper. We also have a wide-ranging of deals to satisfy your financial situation.
To arrange a tour, call Tomek Borkowy on 0131 478 0195
PARADISE AT AUGUSTINES –VENUE 152: 41 George IV Bridge , EH1 1EL
Theatre of all types: drama, comedy, musicals, opera, dance and physical theatre. Professional or non-professional, student, school, community. Classics, new writing, devised or experimental work.
Paradise in Augustine's is a long-standing Fringe venue in a beautiful Victorian church building. We are prominently located on George IV bridge, just off the Royal Mile. The venue is run by Paradise Green, a not-for-profit organisation who seek to maintain the original Fringe ethos, combining friendliness with professionalism. Paradise in Augustine’s has an excellent reputation for top quality theatre, musical theatre and opera.
Drop in 13:00 - 16:00 (The Sanctuary will be available 13:00-14:00 and 15:20-15:35)
PARADISE IN THE KIRKHOUSE –VENUE 155: 86 Candlemaker Row, EH1 2QA
New writing, experimental theatre, children's shows, poetry readings, monologues, small-scale musicals, and dance and music recitals.
Paradise in the Kirkhouse is an intimate venue in a brand-new community centre in the heart of the Old Town. Its theatre spaces are ideal for new or experimental works and smaller casts. The venue has a small courtyard in front, where the box office will be sited; and our hosts, the Grassmarket Community Project, will be partnering us to provide refreshment for Fringegoers.
Drop in 14:00-16:00
PARADISE AT THE VAULTS –VENUE 29: 11 Merchant Street, EH1 2QD
New writing, experimental theatre, children's shows, poetry readings, monologues, small-scale musicals, and dance music recitals.
The Vault is an intimate, atmospheric venue in the heart of the Old Town. It is a purpose built, year-round space created in the vaults of Augustine’s Church on George IV Bridge, with its own entrance on Merchant Street. The technical specifications, stage area and wing space are above average for its size. Its theatre spaces are ideal for new or experimental works and smaller casts. The venue has a separate foyer space and coffee bar, supplying refreshments to hungry Fringe-goers whilst they enjoy the true Fringe atmosphere.
Drop in 14:00 - 16:00
QUAKER MEETING HOUSE –VENUE 40: 7 Victoria Terrace, EH1 2JL
Theatre, including issue-based drama, children's shows,dance and physical theatre, concerts, storytelling. Workshops associated with a production.
We try to emulate Quaker values of simplicity and peace in our activities. We have a small tea room to help draw an audience. We are here throughout the year in our capacity as a Quaker Meeting House and a place for meeting and training.
Drop on 13:00-14:30 or call 0131 226 4392 to arrange an appointment
ROYAL SCOTS CLUB – VENUE 241: 24 Dean Park Street, EH3 6QE
Lovely hall with 84 capacity. Traditional venue. Small proscenium arch, stage, limited wings and changing facilities. Would suit small productions, one-man shows, acoustic musical performances etc. Superb New Town Location.
Drop in 14:30-16:30
ST JOHN’S CHURCH –VENUE 127: Princes Street and Lothian Road, EH2 4BJ
All types: drama, comedy, music, dance, physical theatre, poetry, workshops, visual art. Professional or semi-professional. Classics, new writing, devised or experimental work.
A prime location at the end of Princes Street, Edinburgh’s principle Street, and home to the Festival of Spirituality and Peace, St John’s Church is unique. It has an established reputation a Fringe venue which delivers high quality events from all genres. There are two performance spaces; the main body of the church for large performances and the hall for smaller more intimate workshop and performances. Due to its professional and dedicated staff St John’s Church has a phenomenal atmosphere and great relations with performers both in Edinburgh and across the world. The building itself is stunning space to perform in with wonderful acoustics.
Drop in: 10:00-15:00
ST MARKS ARTSPACE – VENUE 125: 7 Castle Terrace, EH1 2DP
Mainly music concerts, soloists, duos, trios, quartets, ensembles, small choirs and children's shows. Plays with few props and little or no scenery
Excellent acoustics for voice, strings, woodwind, piano. Use of our Weinbach Grand Piano. Central location, proximity to Princes Street, carpark on Castle Terrace, the Usher Hall and Lyceum and Traverse theatres are close by
Drop in 11:00-17:00
THE SPACES – VENUES 9, 36, 43, 53, 54 & 260
Very flexible spaces - can cater for anything from 1 handers in a 40 seat studio, fully equipped cabaret space and end on stages suitable for large scale performance. See individual venues specs for more information www.thespaceuk.com
The Space UK has 17 years experience of programming all genres of theatre at the festival.
They have sites across the city centre.
Please contact the production team ASAP for more information and slot availability. www.thespaceuk.com
Staff will be at the Fringe Office from 11:00. Tours of spaces can be arranged then. Or call Charles Pamment on 07976 785 718
Children's shows, comedy, dance & physical theatre, multimedia work, music, small scale musicals & opera, spoken word and theatre.
Four performance spaces in located within a 4 star hotel on the Grassmarket, moments from the Royal Mile. We are a performer-focused venue, run by performers for performers, and as such look to provide the highest level of experience to our companies and to their audiences.
The team from Sweet will be based in the Fringe Office throughout the day and will be offering guided tours of their venue departing at 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00.
UNDERBELLY – VENUES 61 & 300
We're looking for professional theatre, comedy, circus, children's theatre, music and entertainment shows. In short, everything and anything that can realistically sell to large capacities for Udderbelly (410) and Cowbarn(300) and the smaller capacities of Wee Coo(60) and Diary Room (120). There are also three other new spaces for 2012 two further 60 seats (Clover and Daisy) and a 200 (Ermintrude) seat space.
Udderbelly is back again! Sunday Times
"Best New Venue Of The Year". Billed as the most exciting addition to the Fringe landscape in 2006, E4 Udderbelly is a unique and modern performance space set in its Bristo Square Pasture of kitsch colours, fibre glass cows and a buzzing outdoor bar. Nearby in the Pasture is the E4 Cow Barn (aka Reid Hall), the Wee Coo and the Diary Room.
Sarah Flemming, General Manager of Underbelly will be giving a guided tour of each of the venue locations.
Sarah Flemming will be giving guided tours of each of the venue sites.
Venue 61, Underbelly Cowgate: 56 Cowgate, EH1 1EG at 13:30. Meet at the entrance on Victoria Street.
Venue 300, Underbelly Bristo Square: Bristo Square, EH8 9AL at 14:30. Meet in Reid Quad.