What is the Edinburgh Fringe? Who goes there? Why? How? What safety equipment should you take? Every year, millions of pounds is spent at the world’s largest arts festival. Careers are started, destroyed and prolonged. A lot of alcohol is drunk. And yet no-one has ever written a definitive book explaining how it all works and how precisely to deal with it.

Until now.

Fringe examines the Edinburgh Fringe from every angle you can imagine, as well as lots of angles you can’t. Whether you are planning your own show or just trying to decide which version of Macbeth to see (as a rule of thumb, generally the one with naked lesbian witches), the book provides a lively and entertaining tour through the dark work-house underbelly of UK theatre, answering such questions as:

  • is it worth paying attention to any reviews I read?
  • is it worth paying attention to any reviews I write?
  • how can I keep fit during the Fringe?
  • where can I get hold of a glitterball at short notice?
  • how do I get a homoerotic massage after midnight?
  • what do I do in the final week, with a permanent hangover and my eyes glued together?

Written by actual Fringe performers, Fringe is the ideal book for everyone interested in the annual boil on the face of Scotland’s capital. Although they do go on about themselves a bit.


Fringe was written for Friday Books, now part of HarperCollins, and is currently not in print. You can still get it on Amazon (although we won’t make any money from it, so you might as well take the lowest price you can find).

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