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?