That's a wrap - Edinburgh Fringe 2018 our biggest and best on record
September 1st at 2:25pm
- 11% increase in footfall from 2017
- 20% increase in sold-out performances
- Sole winner of the Broadway Baby Bobby Award – Kids Play
- SIT-UP award nominee – The Mould that changed the World
- The Stage Critics Pick – Armour: A Herstory of the Scottish Bard
- Mervyn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe Award – Misha’s Gang
As the August rain turns to September sunshine, theSpaceUK says farewell to Edinburgh for another year with everyone soon heading home for a well-deserved rest.
Despite the rainy weather, theSpaceUK celebrates 28 years at the Fringe with the announcement of its biggest and best year. Record breaking ticket sales alongside more five-star shows meant that 2018 was our best ever year. With footfall up 11% from 2017 more people saw shows at theSpaceUK than in any previous year.
2018 saw an outstanding mix at theSpaceUK with shows about Virgins, Sex Addicts, the NHS, Mould, Brexit, John Lennon (twice), Nelson Mandela and a Shakuhachi (a Japanese flute instrument) amongst many others. Scripts written by stars of stage of screen, Scottish Ministers, children, pensioners and, in one case, even a computer featured in our line-up.
2018 was also a bumper year for top-rated performances at theSpaceUK with a 20% increase in sold-out performances alongside a 7% increase in our 5-star reviews.
Kids Play (Boys of the Empire Productions) picked up the only Broadway Baby Bobby awarded in 2018 for its electric performance. Written by Taggart writer, Glen Chandler, it started in Week 2 and picked up 5 five-star reviews before the first 48 hours were over. Misha’s Gang (Russian String Orchestra) returned and followed up 2017’s Herald Angel award with a Mervyn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe award. The Mould that Changed the World (Charades Musicals and BSAC), an epic musical about Alexander Fleming’s discovery, was nominated for the inaugural SIT-UP award.
theSpaceUK’s theatre programme saw critical acclaim with numerous shows picking up multiple five-star reviews. Canoe (Bread & Butter Production) was a one-hander masterpiece from Matthew Roberts and played to huge critical acclaim. Armour: A Herstory of the Scottish Bard (Fearless Players) was featured in The Stage’s critic’s choice picks. theSpaceUK regulars, Fourth Monkey also picked up numerous five-star reviews for The Woman and the Canvas.
Charles Pamment, Artistic Director, said: “As the 2018 festival draws to a close its with great pleasure we can report a very successful fringe for theSpaceUK. Whilst the stats speak for themselves and awards are always a pleasant addition, the underlying success of our platform reported by audiences is the ease by which we present a diverse programme of work, and the continued and growing success of our new and original writing programme. Added to this is a focus on offering smart and comfortable theatre and bar environments that give audiences a sense of occasion that can only enhance that unique festival experience. We look forward to developing both further for Fringe 2019.”
Our Production hints and tips for the Fringe
June 26th at 10:40am
Our friends at Three Weeks are operating a new educational programme, TW:DIY, that will be offering tips and advice to future talent in theatre, comedy and culture at large. To kick things off they've been talking to people who work at the Edinburgh Festival each year to get their perspectives and top tips.
This week Giles Moss, one of our Production managers, spoke to Three Weeks about the process of designing and constructing a Fringe venue, and also gave lots of logistical tips for companies performing at the Festival for the first time. Read the interview here.
Visit the most stylish and eclectic pop-up bars at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018
June 8th at 9:37pm
Not only do we present the most diverse programme at the Fringe, we're also very pleased to offer some of the Festival's most stylish and popular pop-up bars. Always recommended in lists of the best bars to spend an afternoon or evening in between shows...
Sips in the City: Niddry St
You couldn't be more central! Tucked away (off the Royal Mile) outside theSpace @ Niddry St, and next door to theSpace on the Mile this busy bar offers all the real Fringe experience at the hub of the Festival. With the rich tapestry of numerous venues on its doorstep, the bar offers a bustling buzz on Old Town's party street; a live music stage adds to the ambience.
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall: Courtyard Bar
The smartest outdoor bar in town, adjacent to our very stylish venue on Nicholson St, the bar offers a fabulous courtyard setting with the historic buildings of the Royal College surrounding a 200 cover space. With 7 busy performance spaces in the close vicinity, this bustling bar really is in the centre of the modern Festival. Add to that the great food and super drink deals, its a must for any seasoned fringe goer.
Hill Square Garden Bar: Hill Square
Just around the corner from theSpace @ Surgeons' Hall—and now in its 3rd year—we present the Hill Square Garden Bar. Step away from the herd and sit in the elegance of one of Edinburgh's historic squares. Enjoy a relaxed glass of something fizzy or a G+T and a slice. A relaxing bar and gardens to quench that thirst in between shows. Outside theSpace @ Symposium Hall, it's an absolute must for the sophisticated Festival goer.
New space added at theSpace on North Bridge for Fringe 2018
February 13th at 9:46pm
We're excited to announce that a new theatre space has been added to our portfolio for Edinburgh Fringe 2018!.
Part of our multi-space venue at theSpace on North Bridge, our new Fife Theatre could not be closer to the Royal Mile - it’s actually overlooking it!. We've designed a modest yet flexible 40-seater end-on space with a large 4x3m stage.