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.
This is just an overdue email to thank you and theSpace team for all the hard work you guys have done this year and the special care and consideration you've shown to us with our phenomenal run this year. As usual, you guys were an incredible pleasure to work with, fun to be around, and absurdly flexible around our constant rock star demands. A huge thanks to the production, box office and tech team. A particular shout out to the guys that helped us get our sound down in all the different venues, as that was a constant challenge that they rose up to.If you could pass this on to theSpace team I'd appreciate it.
A big thanks to your team for making it all happen. I was really impressed with how efficient the whole operation is - it really makes it stress free for us performers. We would like to come back next year again. Please do let me know what the options are.
Thank you so much for everything. Your venue was excellent (a lot of performers who came to see my show asked about the space) and the support people were fantastic!
Thank you for all your support and please pass on my compliments to the space technical and front of house staff, they were really friendly, very helpful and a pleasure to work with.
We would like to thank you and your team for all their hard work and support. In particular engineers Juliet and Fraser. We hope it has been a successful festival for you all. We would also like to book the 12 noon slot again for next year for the middle week of the festival. I realise that you will be busy with striking all the venues but just wanted to let you know.