Another Edinburgh Fringe has come to an end, and in many ways this was our best season yet! We’ve pulled together an infographic (see below) highlighting some of our key achievements in August, as a way to bookend the festival and also kickstart planning for the next year!
That’s right; no rest of the disobedient! Well, maybe a little bit of rest…it’s fair to say that most of this week so far has been spent on the sofa, and that’s not likely to change over the coming several days, but we are already starting to map out our engagement calendar for September onwards, so if you have a project or any ad hoc arts administration work you need a hand with, do get in touch.
Perhaps depressingly, it’s absolutely not too early to start working on your 2020 Edinburgh Fringe presentation, and we’re available now for anything from one-off consultations to help locking in chats with your top venue choice(s). (We’re also happy to consider any non-Fringe work – small of big projects – that you need support on.)
As you can see below, we’ve had a busy month, getting some great results for the varied and brilliant portfolio of artists we worked with at the Fringe, as well as some big wins for our own company and our show Jock Tamson’s Bairns (to be renamed Try Slaying as of September 2019). Take a look at our infographic below. (We’ve also listed our highlights in a bit more detail under it.)
Edinburgh Fringe 2019: highlights
100% venue success
We had a 100% success rate securing our clients’ top venue choice for the companies who asked us to help them find the best possible space for their work.
94 arts industry visits
We worked hard to drive as much relevant industry as possible to the shows that asked us for arts industry support, generating a total of 94 (at the last count) industry visits to our shows.
49 pieces of media coverage
So far, we are aware of 49 pieces of media content stemming from work we did, or work that a PR rep that we sub-contracted undertook, including preview content in The List, Musical Theatre Matters, and a “top LGBT pick” in Vada Magazine, as well as numerous reviews / interviews.
14 guest spots for artists
We secured a total of 14 guest spots for our artists, including:
- three spots at Assembly’s Best of the Best
- three spots at Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of the Fringe
- three spots at Best of Burlesque
- two spots at Best of Cabaret
- one spot at Spirit of the Fringe
- one spot at Full Moon Cabaret
- one spot at the Virgin Money Lounge (Friends of the Fringe)
9 shows in our programme
This season, we worked across eight brilliant shows, in addition to staging and performing in our own show, Jock Tamson’s Bairns / Try Slaying.
9 four-star reviews
The shows we worked across this year racked up a total of nine four-star reviews, spread across a range of publications including The Scotsman, Broadway Baby, Edinburgh Festivals Magazine, and Fest Mag.
8 hit listings and ‘recommended’ / ‘top picks’
Our portfolio of projects appeared in a total of eight ‘hit lists’, ‘recommended show’ articles and ‘top pick’ listicles, including in The List and Musical Theatre Matters.
8 Edinburgh Fringe premieres
All the shows we supported, bar one, were first time Edinburgh Fringe presentations, including Jock Tamson’s Bairns / Try Slaying.
3 Fringe Central public debates
Building on the success of last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Society/Civil Disobedience collaboration, this year we staged a three-part public panel debate series called Pick Up A Brick, marking the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.
The series consisted of a ‘LGBTI-inclusive Education’ event, a feminist ‘Persistent and Nasty‘ event, and ‘Pick Up A Brick: Art as Activism’, with queer mixer ‘Bottoms Up’ afterwards. The series saw a host of inspiring creatives join us as panelists, including Kirsten Vangsness (aka Penelope Garcia in Criminal Minds).
4 five-star reviews
Between them, the shows we supported accumulated a total of four five-star reviews, including two in Broadway Baby.
Massive congratulations to the whole INTERBEING (Stories from a Current War) team, who won the Spirit of the Fringe Award!
And 1 extra special EdFringe debut…for us, at least!
Our Edinburgh Fringe presentation of Jock Tamson’s Bairns / Try Slaying marked our very first staging of our own, in-house work at the world’s largest open access arts festival.
We’re incredibly pleased with how it went and so very thankful to everyone who supported the run, including Creative Scotland (who gave Barry some funding to develop the show earlier this year), everyone at Ghillie Dhu (the venue), our brilliant cast, and most importantly, the amazing audience members who came along to experience the show and take part.
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