That's a wrap! theSpaceUK ends the 2022 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in style
October 17th 2022 at 7:52am
With 440 shows and over 165,000 tickets sold, theSpaceUK has helped new artists and audiences experience the Fringe
theSpaceUK is one of the largest venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with artists from every genre represented. There’s a strong focus on new-writing and new companies with a wide-range of support provided for artists bringing work to the Fringe for the first time.
165,000 tickets were sold at theSpaceUK this year, about a 3% fall since 2019 (174,000 tickets sold in 2019) - a remarkable achievement given his was the first year the Fringe has fully returned since Covid-19. The number of shows at theSpaceUK in 2022 was comparable to 2019.
Artists at theSpaceUK were recognised for their work including a Fringe First for And then the Rodeo Burned Down, a Broadway Bobby award for Trial by Jury, The Carol Tambor Incentive awards for Burn, Hotel Elsinore and The Mistake who also were awarded the Mervyn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe award.
theSpaceUK’s programme saw critical acclaim with numerous shows picking up multiple five-star reviews. Sugar was a one-hander masterpiece from Mabel Thomas and played to huge critical acclaim. Assisted (Oxia Theatre) was a five-star smash-hit featuring a next-generation voice assistant alongside an impressive cast and was nominated for the BBC Writer's Award.
Press and reviewers were instrumental in helping artists achieve their success with over 800 reviews published during the Fringe. We are eternally grateful for their support of artists and companies at theSpaceUK.
Charles Pamment, Artistic Director of the SpaceUK said:
'We’re delighted by the success that artists & companies have had at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe with theSpaceUK. Our programme supports new-writing and new artists and is forward looking, building a relationship for the future. We are thankful to the audiences & artists who come to theSpaceUK and experience festival as it’s meant to be.
There’s a range of reasons that have made 2022 sales to be broadly in line with 2019. Sensible ticketing prices have meant that shows at theSpaceUK have been affordable to audiences. Extensive support with press and marketing have allowed companies to promote their shows and attract audiences. Being one of the few venues to return in 2021 with a full programme meant that strong relationships with audiences and artists have continued develop positively'
Established in 1995, theSpaceUK hosts the largest and most diverse programme at the Fringe. Companies, both professional & amateur, are given an affordable, supportive and professional platform to showcase their work. theSpaceUK operates 19 venues across 7 sites including: theSpace @ Surgeons' Hall, theSpace @ Symposium Hall, theSpace on North Bridge, theSpace on the Mile, theSpaceTriplex, theSpace @ Venue45.