Well, that was a bit mental. At our last count, we did 45 consecutive (mostly 12-hour) days of Edinburgh Fringe work without a single day off, including our previews in London and “week zero”. PHEW! 

What a blast we had, though! Producing 14 shows across six venues, plus doing PR for three additional shows, meant a very busy July/August for us indeed. But more importantly, it meant meeting and working with an army of amazing artists and arts industry people to deliver an exciting programme of world-class shows.

And in the end, the fun totally outweighed the fatigue and stress. We may still be knackered and full of the Fringe flu right now, but we’re also feeling pretty darn proud of our first, full Edinburgh Fringe season.

Rather than going on and on about it, like a bunch of smug live arts producers, here’s a rundown of our Edinburgh Fringe season in numbers:

£442,289 estimated economic impact*
£165,297 generated in ticket sales  
17,556 tickets sold
272 performances
64.5 average audience size
64 artists in the programme
25 four- and five-star reviews
24 unique job opportunities created
23 venue technicians engaged
16 arts management interns recruited  
14 shows in the programme
6 venues (incl. Assembly, Underbelly, and Gilded Balloon)
3 full-time members of staff in August 2017 (up from one in May 2016)
3 street team members working full-time during the Fringe  
1.3 years since the company’s inception
1 Best Cabaret Performance award, Scottish Sun Fringe Gongs (Hans: Mein Camp)

We have photographic evidence of all the fun too:

Team Civil & Matt

With Matt before the London preview of Hans: Mein Camp

With Roddy Geoff & Vicky

Planning meeting for Sasquatch, The Opera, with Roddy, Geoff, and Vicky.

Barry & Joe with Courtney

Getting cuddles from Courtney Act!

Courtney with the police

And Courtney Act getting cuddles from a couple of strapping police officers…

Zombie Walk

Ben Singer of Modern Robot and his army of undead, getting ready for the Zombie Walk

Barry & Joe with Romy and Carla

Striking a pose with Romy Nordlinger and Carla Lippis after seeing Hans: Mein Camp

Tomas at Joe's NYC Bar

Tomás Ford performing at Joe’s NYC Bar

Michelle with fans

Michelle Shocked with a cluster of hardcore fans, after a rather wet guerrilla gig!

Mindy and Barry

Barry with the delicious and very funny Mindy Raf outside Gilded Balloon’s Rose Theatre


Danny Condon singing his heart out at The Boards, Edinburgh Playhouse


Speaking of The Boards, Edinburgh Playhouse – we programmed it!

Romy Places

Romy Nordlinger on stage as Alla Nazimova in ‘Places’…so sassy!


Hans to the rescue! Heading to CC Blooms to perform at the Church of High Kicks…


Michael Griffiths does a mean Annie Lennox

Carla on stage

Carla Lippis showing everyone how it’s done at The Boards, Edinburgh Playhouse

Ali at Supper Club

Ali McGregor hosting (and performing sublimely at) the Supper Club

Sunny at Joe's

Joe’s NYC Bar regular Sunny, flanked by two hot studs – note our programme in his hand!

Michelle Supper Club

Michelle Shocked wowing audiences at the Supper Club

Show Up

Peter Michael Marino performing Show Up like the solo improv pro he is!

Tomas stunt

Barry and Tomás Ford sharing an intimate snack moment!

*BoP Impact Assessment Framework calculation based on total Civil Disobedience ticket sales. Source: Edinburgh Festivals 2015 Impact Study – Technical Report (July 2016)


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