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The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide: How to Make Your Show A Success [Paperback]

Mark Fisher
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16 Feb 2012
'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.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Drama; 1 edition (16 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408132524
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408132524
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

Follow Mark Fisher on Twitter at markffisher

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"A wonderfully practical but also inspirational book full of good advice" - Lyn Gardner --The Guardian, March 1, 2012

"The advice it contains from those who have experienced the August onslaught will prove invaluable to newcomers" - Brian Ferguson --Scotland on Sunday, January 8, 2012

"Useful . . . engaging . . . excellent" - Susan Elkin --The Stage, February 24, 2012

"Mark Fisher knows his Fringe from the inside out and the outside in" - John Fleming
--So it Goes, February 16, 2012

[This book] tells you how to make your show a success and could be very useful to postgrad students or recent graduates wanting to showcase projects. --The Stage, March 22. 2012

Wide in his scope and thorough in his attention to detail, Mark Fisher provides an entertaining and readable account of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. --The Stage, March 29 2012

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People have been saying some lovely things about The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide. Here is a selection of reviews and comments: "A wonderfully practical but also inspirational book full of good advice," Lyn Gardner, The Guardian . . . "The advice it contains from those who have experienced the August onslaught first hand will prove invaluable to newcomers," Scotland on Sunday . . . "Useful . . . engaging . . . excellent," Susan Elkin, The Stage . . . "Great book about a great festival," Grid Iron Theatre Company . . . "An excellent resource if you're thinking of participating," Willie White, artistic director, Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival . . . "If you plan to perform I thoroughly recommend Mark Fisher's book," . . . "There is so much love about Edinburgh in the book," comedian Giacinto Palmieri, So It Goes . . . "Mark Fisher knows his Fringe from the inside out and the outside in," John Fleming, So It Goes . . . "I wish I'd had it last year. It's wonderful,"
mind reader Doug Segal . . . "A great read. Been plugging your book to all and sundry," comedian Yianni . . . More at:

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great overview 25 Feb 2014
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This is a great overview on what it takes to perform at the Fringe. I'm going to be performing there this summer and this book was really helpful in giving me things to consider. It's a good compendium to the Fringe docs on putting on shows that you can get at
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