The company was treated in a professional way in spite of its 'amateur' status which was very much appreciated.
Based on my experience with the team at the space @ Venue 45 I thought that all Festival venues were friendly, welcoming, informed and highly professional- NOT SO!!! I did just two nights at another city venue and it was dirty unsupported, boiling hot and miserable - I feel like we've struck gold with theSpaceUK and Mulberry Theatre Co will be sticking with them in the future - a very fruitful collaboration!
I know you are still up to your eyes in everything but I just wanted to say a big 'Thank You' for your tolerance and support this year. We were so pleased and surprised to receive such a great review for what was really a work in progress. It just goes to show.....
Thanks for the opportunity to put our show on with you guys. It was such an excellent run, and I'm looking forward to planning for next year! More importantly, please pass on our thanks to the awesome tech, production and box office team that supported us in Niddry. They were all professional, friendly and flexible with us as we did our thing. Most of them are now actual friends. They were great. I can't stress that enough. Good luck with the disassembly, and let me know when you'd like to meet in October. Book us for next year, we're already excited.
It's been a pleasure working with you and the rest of The Space team again this year. We had a brilliant time and can't wait to come back. Good luck with starting preparations for the next festival! Queen Mary's University College London have been performing with theSpace every year since 1996.
A quick note from me, I have already sent a message under separate cover to Jamie and his team at theSpace on the Mile. My thanks to you and the Space team for making our run so successful this year. As we have experienced in the past your team where very accommodating and easy to deal with. We very much look forward to returning for next year's festival.
Having taught Drama 'A' level for the previous 7 years, my passion for theatre, particularly alternative theatre, had soared. And when my 13 year old students produced Sky, Death and Wonder (***) for their devised piece in December 2008, I decided it was time to conquer Edinburgh Fringe! How difficult could it be? - how naive! Thankfully I discovered theSpaceUK team who could not have been more supportive. Having never been to the fringe festival I had to rely entirely on their advice - I had earmerked other, not so suitable, performance spaces before being recommended theatre 3 at theSpace@Surgeons Hall, which was perfect. Charles was patient and sympathetic to my procrastinations and to our endless delays and frustrations with our funding. Once booked, the subsequent comprehensive e-mails and correspondence helped me plan and organise the complicated procedure of getting to Edinburgh. If I had any questions e-mails were responded to immediately with helpful, personal advice. And the team is always available on the phone. In short theSpaceUK organised everything: the box office, the PRB, invited critics, provided me with gels when I'd forgotten mine! - They even helped with accommodation advice. I would thoroughly recommend theSpaceUK, particularly to less experienced groups. The process was painless, they had thought of everything.
We are very thankful and grateful for an amazing time we've had in Edinburgh. Even though we didn't stay a long time, our little show got an amazing response with the audience. Theater goers and casts from different shows were coming to see us and thank us for putting on "one of the best shows they've seen at the fringe and acting that was not to be missed" We actually had few people coming to watch us twice. The North Bridge venue team was one of the most professional teams we've ever worked with (and we've worked with a lot around the world). We were very impressed how knowledgeable, dedicated and focused they were and I wish for any theater company to have a chance to work with such an easy going and efficient team. The same goes to the Press office. You've always been very hands on with any questions we've had and stayed on top of any media related issues we've faced. And last but not least, our thanks goes also to Charles. We came on board quite late and your 'some years' experience running shows at the fringe came very useful to us. We are two actors who decided to put together on a show for the first time without much help to being with and have done everything from booking the space, raising money, doing press releases, etc...and without your guidance, we would have felt lost. We have learnt so much, about do's and don'ts, we have addressed few weaknesses in the show because of being able to perform in Edinburgh and will adjust them accordingly for our future runs.
"No other venue at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe offers quite as much diversity as theSpaceUK. They have quietly become the largest player whilst still remembering the very ethos of the Fringe."
Each year, our visit to the Edinburgh Festival is an expensive affair, bringing with it, a host of stresses and strains, and a worrying degree of financial uncertainty. We've performed at the festival since 1996, and over the years, we've learnt the importance of good organisation, effective publicity, and being professional. There are numerous theatre spaces available; some are fabulous, delivering exactly what they promise, but many are not, instead, delivering little more than a promise. Fortunately for Blunderbus, we have been performing at theSpaceUK (Venue 45 1996-2007 and Surgeons Hall, Grand Theatre 2009) for 10 years, and we have always been delighted by the professionalism of the entire team. From technical or box office staff, to venue manager, everybody at theSpaceUK seems to understand, and tries their very best to support the needs of visiting companies. More importantly, we return to the same venue each year, because we trust the team to deliver a very high level of service time and again.