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AT BEDLAM FRINGE ART IS OUR PASSION AND WE’RE DEDICATED TO SUPPORTING AND SHARING IT.

 

And we’re not afraid of the word ‘art’.

 

We spend a lot of time discussing what the purpose of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is, and how we fit into it. To us it should not just be a celebration of performance but an investigation of where the arts are going. When did the fringe festival become fixated on 60 minute theatre and late-night stand up as its mediums? This is supposed to be a festival for everyone in the arts who feels they’re at the fringe of what’s in the mainstream, what’s in vogue, what’s acceptable and what people expect. So where’s the film? Where’s the performance art? The music? Visual Art? Dance? Sculpture? Intermedia? Sure, of late there’s been more non-traditional theatre at the fringe and more dance too but on the whole if we remove the incentive of profitability what other reason is there for the narrowness of the programmes at many of the festival’s major venues?

 

Now we know the fringe society doesn’t tell us what should and shouldn’t be a part of the festival; and we know you can’t reasonably talk about the arts without talking about commerce and bottom lines and sales targets, but with that in mind we find ourselves asking two questions: 1. What do we want from the festival and 2. Is what we want viable?

Right now we think that: 1. We want everything. Every art form, every aesthetic, everything at the fringe of the arts. 2. Yes.

These thoughts have guided our programming process and, we hope, are leading us towards another 36 years at the heart of what can be the world’s greatest arts festival.

OUR TEAM

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Henry Conklin

Artistic Director
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Lucas Clauser

Graphic Designer
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Camilla Ginty

Front of House Manager
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Kate Brown

Front of House Assistant
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Macleod Stephen

Press & Marketing Manager
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Callum McKenna

Press & Marketing Assistant
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Kate Ashwell
Café Supervisor
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Rupert Radley
Café Supervisor
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Box Office Supervisor
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Rosie FitzMaurice
Box Office Supervisor
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Isabelle McGowan
Box Office Supervisor