About theSpaceUK

Who are we: Welcome to theSpaceUK, established in 1995 we specialise in producing live performance. Our sixteen theatres have become widely established as the home of award winning theatre and new work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Since 2012 we have hosted the largest and most diverse programme at the festival offering an array of new writing, theatre, dance, choral, music, children’s and family shows, comedy drama, sketch, cabaret, opera, a-capella, exhibitions, events and stand-up comedy shows.

Our Fringe Programme: Our focus is on programming a wide range of performance genre. We will programme established theatre as well as seeking out and giving new and developing work an opportunity to blossom on the Edinburgh stage. We have a strong belief in the ethic of the fringe as a platform for the unknown artiste and focus very much on advising, promoting and developing the acts that perform with us in Edinburgh. The Awards won over the years, many by unknown or new acts reflects this pedigree. But you don’t have to be told your the best or brightest to simply get it on and see where it goes on the fringe…quite often that journey surprises many!

Are we different, Why us?: We don’t need to emphasise the level of support, both technically and personally that we offer our companies, or indeed how focused we are on the development of the companies we work with, this is defined by the sheer number of companies, both professional, established and new who return to work with us year after year and by those who have progressed to become notable professionals across the performing arts industry worldwide.

Professional Venues: Our ethos to offer the most suitable environments for companies to present their work. We don’t put theatres in dusty schools on side streets or venues in buildings that have creative restrictions or limitations on what audiences can and can’t do. Our ethos is very much to give performing companies an affordable, safe and totally professional platform to showcase their work. And, for their audiences we create a polished but affordable environment with easy access to bars, restaurants and Green rooms that simply compliment their experience.

Best Locations: We offer companies unrivalled venue locations right at the centre of the fringe with 8 theatres located on the Royal Mile & another 8 spaces at our hub at theSpace @ Surgeons Hall. We boast 8 central box offices, all located centrally where thousands of theatre goers gather daily. Show posters, flyers and tickets are available in all these locations and with some 100000 audience members passing through our box offices each August we simply offer an unrivalled access to fringe audiences. Added to this, our branding and marketing presence across the city gives our venues and our companies optimum visibility.

Educational: The Edinburgh Fringe is not just about Awards and reviews. It’s primarily a fantastic platform for performers, producers, directors, technicians, set designers, stage managers and more to gain invaluable experience in working in the busy environment of a daily working theatre. Our ongoing relationships with Performance Arts departments in Schools and Universities from across the globe (many of whom return year after year) is testament to our commitment to work closely with developing and progressive young artistes.

Those Awards: We have been proud to host several fringe first winning shows including the first piece produced at the festival by now highly renowned theatre Company ‘Little Bulb’ (Crocosmia 2008) Others include the national theatre award for best emerging show and Writers Guild of Great Britain Award for best show and a selection of shows have won the National Student Drama Festival Award on a regular occasions.

Recent Awards include the highly coveted Total Theatre Award for Emerging Work, The Beanfield (2015) and The Stage Award for Musical Ensemble, UKIP The Musical (2015) The vast majority of our shows (95%) will receive media coverage during August, either via print or online, and many will receive 4/5 star reviews in the popular Edinburgh press as well as coverage in national and international media. In short theSpaceUK are now known as the premier platform for new, developing and established work at the modern festival fringe.

Our Theatres: We are very passionate about promoting the very essence of the festival as a platform for developing art. We have great pride in our technical know-how and theatre design, something many of our companies have been very complimentary about – see what some of them had to say. On a logistical front we tend to offer straight hire rentals – we feel this gives the company clarity in its budget and in essence when a show sells well the company or talent receive the benefits – not the venue! These are also ‘All Inclusive’ – see the venue pages for what that includes but it basically means the fee we quote covers everything – oh and we do not charge extra for inclusion in the venue brochure / website or commission on your ticket sales.

And Finally A word of advice – the festival is an open access festival which means that now and again venues exist that probably don’t follow the correct ethical guidelines adopted by most. Apart from venue location its important to always ask venues about any venue restrictions, historic footfall numbers, their level of press office support, costs for being in their venue brochure etc and crucially ask about their Awards pedigree, those that can’t list these tend to tell their own story!

theSpace UK Team

Management Team: Charles Pamment, Giles Moss, Gareth Hughes, Brooke Gallagher, Jon Rand, Alison Storm, Ian Gregory, Karl Bevis, Mark Seeley, Matt Stott, Wayne Garnett,
Senior Technical team : (Back in 2016)
Technical team: (Back in 2016)
Senior Box Office Managers: (Back in 2016)
Box Office Managers / Supervisors: (Back in 2016) Box Office / Front of House team: (Back in 2016)

Website by Headstrong, Brochure design by Mick Reilly, PR by Mediasense

Special applause in order of appearance to: Dan & Louisa Balfe, Paul McVeigh, Kev, Berger, Chris and Dave at Showscape, Chris and Kevin at Saville Audio Visual, Sonny Mann and the Chapel of Karaoke, QMCW, Sebastian (Polski), Al, Gav, John and Ed, Nick Gardiner, Bill Davies, Cat Rand, Malcolm Hardee (oi oi rip), Charlie Chuck, Troika TC, John Fleming, Charlotte Wormstone, Nigel Cook, Claire Smith, OSP, BBC News, Livewire TC, Bruno, Top Edge TC, Broadway Baby, Spencer J, Malcolm Kennedy, ZTC, Kate Copstick, Simon Rae, Mick Reilly, Ben Roberts, Lenny Hughes, Barry Rowlands, Paul Seaby, Blueswater! David Hill @ E3, David Keller, Three Weeks, Fringe Guru, Fourth Monkey TC, Pete Shaw, Hal Himsworth, Tim Furby, Ben Motz…

Applause to: All who have performed, worked or simply been part of what we do…