The Forest Fringe is still a part of the Edinburgh Festival 2012

This article is from 2012

Stage Whispers

Director Andy Field tells The List how the mini-festival continues after the closure of the Forest Cafe

For the last five years you could always find Forest Fringe in the same place in Edinburgh. A beautiful old church hall above a vegetarian café. A set of stone steps. A sign above a door.

However, as you may know, we are no longer able to use that familiar Edinburgh home. But this does not mean the end of Forest Fringe. Forest Fringe is not a building, it is the name we give to all the things we choose to do together, in Edinburgh and elsewhere. We as artists. You as audiences. So whilst we are sad to have said our last goodbye to Bristo Hall, we are also excited about what we are doing next.

Whilst we continue to plan for a new permanent home for Forest Fringe in Edinburgh from next year, we decided to see this festival as a chance to do something different. This year, rather than a venue, Forest Fringe is a whole festival of performances squeezed precariously into the pages of a book, Paper Stages. This is a book that is not read, it is performed. In its pages you will find maps, scores, sound pieces, plays, invitations, words, phone numbers, diagrams, recipes, instructions, poems, promises, advice and pictures. A whole programme of works for you to make yourself, in the quiet of your home or on the streets of the city. You can find all the information you need on how to get a copy of this book on our website or at the Hunt & Darton Café on St Mary’s street. What happens once you’ve got a copy is entirely up to you.

Paper Stages, Hunt & Darton Café, St Mary’s Street, 11-26 Aug. The launch (11 Aug) starts at 5pm at Hunt & Darton Cafe for drinks and to get a copy of the book, after which everyone moves to a secret location.

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