New online festival and fundraiser Shedinburgh Fringe Festival announced
- Arusa Qureshi
- 4 August 2020
Bringing Fringe greats of theatre and comedy to your home, live from sheds across the country
While we're all collectively grieving for the many festivals and events this summer that were cancelled as a result of COVID-19, it's been heartening to see the various online programmes and digital events that have been popping up for audiences to enjoy at home. In the absence of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, performers and companies have been getting creative to keep some of that Fringe spirit alive, and the latest example of this comes courtesy of Shedinburgh Fringe Festival. The brand new online festival and fundraiser aims to bring some Fringe favourites in comedy and theatre to people's homes, live via sheds across the country.
The brainchild of multi-award winning duo, producer Francesca Moody (Fleabag, Baby Reindeer) and writer and performer Gary McNair (A Gamblers Guide To Dying, Square Go, Locker Room Talk), Shedinburgh Fringe Festival will take place from Fri 14 Aug to Sat 5 Sep, with daily live streamed events planned. Audiences can expect 'one night only' unique shed-based versions of performances, slots for new artists through Open Call Submissions and industry panel discussions, with names like Helen Baer, Tim Crouch, Rosie Jones, Adam Kashmiry, Yolanda Mercy, Deborah Frances-White, Gary McNair, Sara Pascoe, Steen Raskopoulos, Jack Rooke, Joe Sellman-Leava, Mark Thomas and more scheduled to participate.
All shows will be broadcast live from sheds, with one shed situated at Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre and another at London's Soho Theatre, and performers are also planning on using their own sheds. Catch the show at 7.30pm every night on Zoom, with tickets available through Crowdfunder on a Pay What You Can system for a minimum donation of £4. All proceeds from the festival will go towards supporting new artists to bring their work to the Fringe in 2021.
Francesca Moody said: 'Shedinburgh is primarily a fundraiser to create SHED LOAD OF FUTURE – a fund to support the next generation of artists to make it to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2021. As two people whose careers have benefited immeasurably from our time at the Fringe, we wanted to find a way of giving that opportunity to others next year, and are hugely grateful to the incredible programme of artists and our partners Popcorn Group, Traverse Theatre, Soho Theatre, NSDF, Crowdfunder, Solid Media and Mighty Small who are helping us to make that a possibility.
At a time when venues face an uncertain future and artists are struggling Shedinburgh will shout loud about the Fringe's vital role in global culture, celebrate its past successes and breakthrough artists, provide a platform for talent that would have performed this year and contribute to its future beyond 2020.'
Find out more about the festival and buy tickets at shedinburgh.com