This summer, we’re doing something a little different. There’s a lot of the same at the fringe. It’s expensive, it’s wasteful, and we reckon it’s probably time for a change. So, we’re incredibly excited to announce our project for next summer – The Shed.A site-specific performance venue at the heart of the fringe, created and inspired by the environment, and our relationship to it.
Sounds exciting doesn’t it? We thought you might think so – you can apply here, or read on to hear a little more about the project!
This year, we will be building, designing, and managing our own venue at the fringe – a venue that will showcase between 5 and 7 shows, demonstrating some of the most amazing talent that St Andrews (and beyond) has to offer. These shows will cover a variety of different styles and genres, but will be united by a common goal – to spark a real-time discussion on how we can actually start implementing environmental change, and stop destroying the planet before it’s too late.
The space itself will be designed and built using only found and recycled materials, and we’re looking in to even more ways to make the build and execution of the space itself carbon neutral.
We’re aiming to implement this waste free initiative across all areas of production. This means a zero-waste marketing policy–no posters, no flyers, nothing that’s going to end up in the bin. We’re going to have to get creative with this – lots of digital marketing, QR codes on t-shirts and much, much more.
Tied in to that will be a notion of education and accessibility– all tickets to shows in our space will cost £5, and a select number of tickets will be free for young peoplebelow the age of 18. We want to make sure that everyone will be able to see the shows, regardless of income bracket. Alongside this, we’ll be running an educational programmethat will allow anyone to come and discuss our process and how we made our work.
The project begins now – over the course of the next 10 months, we’re going to be financing, planning, and executing this project. It’s insane. It’s ambitious. It’s incredibly exciting. And we want you to be a part of it.
At the moment, we’re looking for pitches from individuals or teams who might be interested in working with us to make this project a reality – if you want to apply as an individual, we’ll be matching you up to like-minded people to work on a project. If you want to apply as a team then that will be the team that you work with through the project. Read on for a little bit more information about what we are looking for and how to apply!
Here are the basics that you need to know if you’re thinking about working with us:
- The project itself will run for the entire length of the Edinburgh Fringe (the month of August). We’d also like to have all the shows rehearsing through July.
- The Shed will not charge you for hire of the venue – at the moment, we believe the venue will be keeping all the ticketing revenue in order to fund the endeavour, but we are open to a discussion on this to help the productions and the teams cover their costs.
- The Shed is giving each team the opportunity to finance their own project in any way they see fit. We anticipate that shows will average out costing between £500 and £1000 – and we will be on hand throughout the year to help you every step of the way in raising that money.
- Teams will be partially responsible for their own marketing, although there will be significant support from The Shed’s marketing team in terms of developing strategy and active marketing of shows.
So, you’re a creative. You might be a director, a choreographer, a writer – or something entirely different. But no matter what you are, you’ve got an idea for a show. Something fun, something important, something that ties in with our themes about the environment and our relationship too it.
That’s really fantastic, and we’d love to see that show get put on in The Shed this summer! Applications are now open, so head over to the form and tell us a little bit about yourself and the project that you have in mind. Don’t worry if you don’t necessarily have a team together quite yet – you can apply as an individual, and we’ll pair you up with production teams that are like minded. Be prepared to debate and discuss your project with them as it is brought to reality.
Maybe you’re a producer, a stage-manager, a technician, or a whole host of other awesome behind-the-scenes roles. You’re the life blood of this project, and you’re what’s going to really make it sing!
Head over to the ‘Production’ section of the form and tell us a little bit about yourself and why you’d like to work on this project. We’d love to hear a little bit about who you are and what you’re interested in, to make sure that we set you up with a team that you really love!
You’ve found a fantastic team of great people and you’re passionate about your project? Great! All you need to do is fill out the ‘Creatives’ section of our application form, letting us know that you also have a team together.
This is an incredibly exciting project, and we’d love to have you involved. We know it’s a lot to take in, so keep an eye on the website and our social media over the next few weeks to learn a little bit more about what the project is and why you should apply. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We absolutely cannot wait to hear from you!