'Ah! The Fringe! I can't think of a more delightful way of putting my liver, bank account, relationship, complexion, and mental stability under the greatest strain they've ever known!' Mel Giedroyc It is the world's largest arts festival, attracting everyone from student first-timers to Hollywood stars. Thrilling, inspiring and bewildering in equal measure, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe can make you a star or break your bank. So what is the secret of making it work for you? The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide draws on the experiences of the festival's leading figures - their disasters as well as their triumphs - to take you step by step through the process of making your show a success in the Scottish capital. From choosing a venue to keeping on top of the budget, from sorting out accommodation to securing the best press coverage, from generating word of mouth to making the most of a hit, this unique practical guide for performers, directors and producers helps you get your show the audience it deserves. Among those sharing their expert advice are playwright Simon Stephens, comedian Phil Nichol, actor Siobhan Redmond, producer Guy Masterson, Tiger Lillies front manMartyn Jacques, theatre critic Lyn Gardner, Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award director Nica Burns, as well as the directors of all the major Fringe venues, top press officers, international promoters and insiders from the Fringe Society itself. The foreword is written by playwright Mark Ravenhill.
MARK FISHER performed in a student-written play called Shubunkin at the YWCA in Randolph Place, Edinburgh in 1983. Tickets cost £1.75 and the start time was 4.15 p.m. The play has not been heard of since, but the reviewer for the Scotsman said it wove a 'Coronation Street idiom on a Miltonian frame' which helped attract a few people to see the last of its four performances.
In the summer of 1986, Mark returned to Edinburgh to work in the Fringe Office and has not missed a festival since. is a theatre critic, editor, feature writer and freelance journalist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has written about theatre in Scotland since the late-1980s, contributing theatre reviews, interviews, arts features and travel articles to newspapers and magazines in Scotland and all over the world.
He is the Scottish theatre critic for the Guardian and Variety, a former editor of The List magazine and a frequent contributor to the Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday and many magazines, newspapers and websites.
As an editor, he has worked for the Edinburgh International Festival and Raploch Urban Regeneration Company.
He is the co-editor of Made in Scotland, an anthology of plays and The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide: How to Make Your Show a Success published in February 2012.
He is a judge for the Theatre Awards UK, the Scotsman Fringe First awards and the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland, and an advisor for the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award. He has also been on the panel for the Herald Angels and the Amnesty Fringe awards.
He is also responsible for the theatreSCOTLAND website, a wide-ranging database of actors, playwrights, theatre companies and buildings, plus reviews and articles.
"Fisher is the perfect host, and what shines through is his experience in theatre and depth of knowledge."
Three Weeks, 2011
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