EdFringe venue engagement

Bagging the right venue and slot is one of the most effective ways to ensure you have the best chances of a positive Edinburgh Fringe experience.

With over 300 venues and nearly 1,200 unique spaces to choose from, this can be a daunting task for even the most accomplished companies. Add to this the various operating models, application processes and resources offered, and you could easily find yourself feeling overwhelmed.

That’s where we can help. Civil Disobedience offers a bespoke service package to support companies through the venue registration process.

Why Civil Disobedience?

Lead by Barry Church-Woods, who for eight years worked as Venues & Companies Manager with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, our expertise is second to none and our contacts unrivaled. Our partial advice will allow you to take stock of your options, assessing which venues can truly deliver your desired outcomes. Furthermore, our strong relationships with programmers at a vast range of Edinburgh venues gives you the best chance possible of an audience with your top choices.

Whether you’re a novice artist looking to go to the Fringe for the first time or a seasoned professional wanting to take a little pressure off, hit us up for an initial consultation and let us help you explore the possibilities the Edinburgh Fringe might hold for you.

What we’ll do for you…

Typically the venue engagement package includes the following services:

  • Consultation
  • Feasibility/scoping exercise
  • Copywriting pitching documents
  • Collating application materials
  • Targeted venue applications
  • Meeting with venues in person where possible
  • Contract negotiations
  • Show registration

What does it cost?

Initial consultations cost £100 and typically take the shape of a 60-minute conversation resulting in a short report with our venue recommendations.

If you choose to continue working with Civil Disobedience to fulfil your venue applications, a further fee of £600 will be chargeable in one or two instalments.

Want to find out more?

If you’re starting to think about Edinburgh Fringe venues for next season and could do with some help, give us a shout.

Case study

Barry & Joe with CourtneyIn 2016, Working Management approached us to help best position Courtney Act’s debut Edinburgh Fringe season with her show Girl from Oz. Due to other commitments, Courtney could only perform in Edinburgh for the second half of the festival, and also required additional vocal rest days due to the nature of the performance.

Venues like to programme shows into one slot for the duration of the festival and offer just one or two days off throughout the process. But our expertise and personal relationship with venue programmers allowed us to pitch the show appropriately, addressing these requirements from the get-go, while offering solutions to ensure that the venue understood the audience development potential of hosting the very first show from a RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Outcome: We secured a prime time slot in Underbelly’s Circus Hub, one of the top venue choices identified by Courtney’s team, negotiating a good deal for a half-run, that included extra rest days.