So back in the last few months left of college I decided I wanted to work at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as a Technician.
Edinburgh Fringe Festival is known as the biggest arts festival in the world and attracts people from all over the world for either work or for the entertainment.
What I didn’t know was when the festival is on their are also other festivals that go on such as The Edinburgh Book Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival and The Edinburgh Military Tattoo Festival.
The Edinburgh Fringe takes part in almost anywhere you can think of in the city of Edinburgh, From Theaters, Pubs, Bars, Hotel Rooms, Streets and also peoples bedrooms.
I applied to several different companies and must of had at least 4 or 5 different companies contact me throughout the time before the festival, one which I even had to drive down to Edinburgh just for the day for an interview.
In the end I was offered a job with TheSpaceUK.
TheSpaceUK have 16 performance spaces spread out at several different venues across Edinburgh and one of their venues last year was the busiest venues of the festival with more shows coming in and out of their doors than anyone else.
Before the festival I had to try and find my own accommodation, this is something I’ve never had to do for work before.
In the end I headed to a Theater Digs web page and was also pointed in the direction of a friend of a friends place which was being rented out during the festival.
It was in a prime location of only about 15 minutes walk to work every day, Usually this flat is hired out to people working at the Edinburgh Playhouse as its only a few minutes walk away.
So when I arrived I spent the first week building venues and getting to know the other members of the company and was soon thrown into tech rehearsals.
I then soon realised how much time we would have for each show.
Basically one show would start, then when it finished we’d have 5 mins for that show to get out and then we would have between 5 & 15 mins get-in for the next show which would involve patching new lights, gel new light colours, get set and props and set it up and open the doors so we can start the show on time.
This same process would happen all day for the duration for all the shows that were on for the day.
I worked between 2 venues, one being situated in a church while the other was situated in a hotel room.
most of the shows I did not operate but I was asked to operate sound and lighting for a few shows through the month I was there.
At the end of each week we also had new tech rehearsals as shows left and new shows came in (apparently TheSpaceUK are one of the few companies who let shows run for a short time at their venues) so after getting used to a routine of shows for the week it would then be all change again.
At the end of the festival I was also part of the Get-Out team which I helped at most of the venues (not just the 2 venues i was allocated to work at for the month)
I had an amazing experience and I’d love to be part of the festival again, Although I didn’t get to see many shows I did make a few friends in which i’d like to hope i’d see again during my career.
Edinburgh Fringe is something I’ve wanted to go to for a long time but for my first time at the festival to be a part of it was even better.
Such an amazing month away, now its time to head back to home and normality.
Thanks to everyone who made my time at the festival thoroughly enjoyable.
Bellow is a list of the productions I worked on during the festival:
- AhhGee Podcast Live
- Candide: The Optimist
- Confessions of a Liverpudlian
- Different is Dangerous
- Floe-Joe’s Music and Character Platter
Cog & Sprocket Productions
Organised Crime Theatre Company
- I’m Not Like Other Girls
- Like a Virgin
- Linwood No More
White Stag Theatre Company
- Modern Living
Leftfield Theatre Company
- Not I and Rockaby
Tobolly Theatre Company
- Olaudah Equiano: The Enslaved African
Total Insight Theatre Company
Phat Phunk Sandwich
- Seven Missed Meals Leads to Anarchy
Four Average Tomatoes Theatre Company
- Simply the West
Cosmic Biscuit Theatre
- The Constant Soldier
Two Whiskies Short Productions
- The Hacienda Tales
- The Sorrows of Young Werther
We.Gro.W / Landestheater NiederÃ¶sterreich
- Who Rowed Across Oceans
Lost Compass Collective
- À Table
- Blood Brothers
- Blood Wedding
St Edward’s School
Queen Mary Theatre Company
- Dear Homeland
Queen Mary Theatre Company
- Dido and Aeneas
The About Turn Theatre Company
- Electra: An American Gothic
Slippery Rock Theatre
- Forty-Five Minutes
Flying High Theatre Company
- Great Artists Steal
- Hound of the Baskervilles
The Alleynes Fringe Project
- Journeys Beyond
Wac Arts and Eclipse Theatre Company
- Mind The Gap
Group 64 Theatre for Young People
- Monkeys and Typewriters
Queen Mary Theatre Company
- Much Ado About Nothing
Penniless Porch Players
- No Name
- Old Gristle
Queen Mary Theatre Company in association with Splutter Theatre
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Liverpool University Drama Society
- The Dolls of New Albion: A Steampunk Opera
Clockwork Hart Productions
- The Outback Games: A New Musical
- The Really Big Diamond
- The Temptation of St Anthony
Teatro Cassone in association with Mermaids
- This One’s For You
- Where Is She Now, solo Shakespeare
Sofia Rosinsky and Alexis Rosinsky
- Who’s Afraid of Michael Gove?
Six in the Shed
And here are some statistics from TheSpaceUK
16 performance spaces
2,854 performances (209 more than 2013)
260 sell out performances (46 more than 2013)
80,971 punters through the door
4 Senior Production Team
5 Venue Managers
4 Senior Technicians
1 Crew Chief
1 Build Mistress
2 Operations Managers
35 Box, Press & FOH team
3 Pre-production/deputy production managers