Shedinburgh Culture

Aug 4 2020 | By More

Traverse & Soho Theatre’s ShedFringe collaboration

A simple pun has grown into the latest Edinburgh Fringe collaboration, bringing Gary McNair together with producer Francesca Moody on the stages of the Edinburgh Traverse and London’s Soho Theatre.

The Shedinburgh Fringe will be broadast live from specially built sheds on the stages of the Traverse and the Soho Theatres from Fri 14 Aug to Sat 5 Sept with daily livestreamed events including for-one-night-only, shed-based versions of performances from established Fringe favourites.

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The mini festival is the result of a joke that Traverse favourite and three times Fringe First winner McNair made to Moody, producer of Fleabag. It has grown to include confirmed performances from the likes of Helen Baer, Tim Crouch, Rosie Jones, Adam Kashmiry, Yolanda Mercy and Mark Thomas.

McNair says: “I love puns so I just wanted to make Francesca laugh when I said I’d be doing the Shedinburgh Fringe from my garden this year. That was meant to be the end of it. But she took it seriously and said we should do it for real.

“When she convinced me it could be done, it was clear that we could turn it into something that could celebrate the Fringe’s past and really help people access it in the future. I love the Fringe and I hope Shedinburgh can support others to be a part of it when it returns.”

Unlike many online events for this year’s Festivals, Shedinburgh will be strictly ticketed. Performances will be broadcast once only at 7.30pm via Zoom each night. Tickets will be purchased through Crowdfunder on a Pay What You Can system for a minimum donation of £4.


Moody adds: “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.”

Beside the headline artists, Shedinburgh is offering open slots to cancelled Edinburgh shows that would have been appearing this year. Applications for these slots are open from Thurs 6 to Thurs 12 August on the website here.

Crowdfunder is providing the platform free of fees, and covering all transaction charges as part of their COVID-19 response.

Shedinburgh’s full Shed-ule (b’doom-tisch) will be announced and tickets made available for purchase through Crowdfunder on Friday 7 August 2020.

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