Celebrating and sustaining the Edinburgh Fringe Festival… in sheds

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2020 is cancelled. Instead we bring you SHEDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL: a brand new online festival presenting the very best of the Fringe stalwarts of theatre, music and comedy, and the best new acts, all performed live from sheds across the country and streamed into people’s homes this August. 

At a time when venues face an uncertain future and artists are struggling SHEDINBURGH will shout loud about the Fringe’s vital role in global culture, celebrate its past successes and breakthrough artists and provide a platform for the talent that would have been on this year.  

All proceeds raised from SHEDINBURGH ticket sales will go into a fund to support new artists to bring their work to the Edinburgh Festival in 2021 – A SHED LOAD OF FUTURE – sustaining and reinvigorating the Fringe’s future beyond this year. 

HOW IT WORKS

SHEDINBURGH is a programme of streamed socially distanced live performances from sheds based at The Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, Soho Theatre in London, or from the homes of those artists unable to travel at this time.

Performances are streamed only once and will not be repeated. 
You have only one opportunity to watch. To do that, you’ll need to get yourself a ticket!

When you book you will be sent a unique zoom link ahead of your performance, so you can watch any of the line up from the comfort of your own home (or shed).

Acts have been asked to revive and reimagine past performances for a shed, rather than a theatre, with minimal staging and a digital audience. A challenge worthy of the Fringe, our performers are taking on quite the task.

SHED-ULE

Ticket sales are limited. Do not wait to book a ticket because it will probably be gone by tomorrow. Performances will not be repeated – there is only one opportunity to watch each performance! Most shows start at 7.30pm but some later.

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THEATRE

McGONAGALL'S
CHRONICLES

Friday 14th August
7.30pm

Gary McNair

 A tragic comedy from three time Fringe First winner Gary McNair which tells the incredible true story of the inimitable late Dundonian poet – Sir William Topaz McGonagall.

THEATRE

STATUS

Saturday 15th August
7.30pm

Chris Thorpe

STATUS is a show about someone who doesn’t want his any more. About running away from the national story you’re given. About who is responsible for that story and what might happen to it if you give it up.

THEATRE

FRAGMENTS OF HOME

Sunday 16th August
7.30pm

Annie George

Beyond family memories of her writer grandfather in Kerala, who died before India’s Independence from British rule, Annie George connects his story to her own, as first generation immigrant to the UK.

THEATRE

TEAM VIKING

Monday 17th August
7.30pm

James Rowland

Inspired by the 1958 Kirk Douglas movie Vikings, Tom’s last wish was to be given a full viking burial. This is the remarkable, hilarious, heart-lifting tale of how James and Sarah went and gave their best mate the send-off he wanted.

THEATRE

THE ARCHIVE OF EDUCATED HEARTS

Tuesday 18th August
7.30pm

Casey Jay

An award-winning production crafted from verbatim stories of families facing breast cancer. Scrawled diary entries & dog-eared photo albums unfold to reveal a delicate glimpse into the fragments of absolute joy and incomprehensible heartbreak that make up a lifetime. 

THEATRE

WOKE

Wednesday 19th August
7.30pm

Apphia Campbell &
Meredith Yarbrough

A multi award-winning theatre performance that follows two women’s fight for civil rights. One is notorious Black Panther Assata Shakur; the other, a present-day university student enrolling as the Ferguson riots begin.

THEATRE

BEATS
(special reading)

Thursday 20th August
7.30pm

Kieran Hurley

The story of Johnno McCreadie, a teenager living in a small suburban Scottish town at the time of the 1994 Criminal Justice Act – a new piece of legislation which effectively outlawed raves. Read by Lorn Macdonald.

THEATRE

ADAM
(special reading)

Friday 21st August
7.30pm

Adam Kashmiry

In a country where being yourself can get you killed, exile is your only choice. ADAM is the true story of Adam Kashmiry who performs his journey across borders and genders to find a place to call home.

THEATRE

MY LEFT NUT

Sunday 23rd August
7.30pm

Michael Patrick & Oisín Kearney

The True Story of a Belfast boy growing up with no father to guide him through, and a giant ball to weigh him down. 400 millilitres. That’s how much liquid was drained from Michael’s left testicle when he was a teenager. That’s more than a can of coke.

COMEDY

IMMIGRANT JAM

Monday 24th August
7.30pm

Lucie Pohl

IMMIGRANT JAM was born out of the nasty anti-immigrant climate a certain orange man has funneled into the US in the past few years, as a big fat middle finger to anyone doubting what makes America and the world great: diversity!

COMEDY

JAYDE ADAMS

Tuesday 25th August
7.30pm

Jayde Adams

Award-winning comedian and proud Bristolian Jayde Adams is an uncut gem; a force of nature; dangerous and unafraid; the future. It’s safe to say that when Dawn French says “Jayde Adams is the 3rd funniest woman in the world. Fact,” she might just be onto something.

THEATRE

QUARTER LIFE CRISIS

Wednesday 26th August
7.30pm

Yolanda Mercy

Alicia is a hot mess. She doesn’t know what she’s doing with her life. Even though she’s a Londoner, born and bred, the scent of Lagos peppers her existence in the ends.

THEATRE

LABELS

Wednesday 26th August
8.30pm

Joe Sellman Leva

LABELS is a funny, moving story about heritage, migration and family. Charting a childhood in Devon, resurgent nationalism and a global refugee crisis, LABELS tries to answer everyone’s favourite question: “where are you from?”

POETRY /
SPOKEN WORD

SEARCH PARTY

Thursday 27th August
7.30pm

Inua Ellams

Award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams (Barber Shop Chronicles, The Half-God of Rainfall, Three Sisters) brings his special, audience-led poetry event to SHEDINBURGH.

THEATRE

MY ARM

Friday 28th August
7.30pm

Tim Crouch

Tim Crouch’s first play, MY ARM, is a teasingly profound, award-winning story about a boy who puts one arm above his head and never takes it down. It opened in Edinburgh in 2003 and has toured on and off ever since.

COMEDY

LIVING RENT FREE IN YOUR SHED

Saturday 29th August
7.30pm

Chloe Petts

As seen on Dave’s HYPOTHETICAL and heard on BBC Radio 5 Live, join Chloe Petts in LIVING RENT FREE IN YOUR SHED, a stand up/ chat show hybrid in which Petts makes the case that she should be the new Ellen.

COMEDY

BIG DADDY AND BABY HELEN

Sunday 30th August
7.30pm

Rosie Jones & Helen Bauer

‘Wickedly Funny’ Rosie Jones and ‘slick, sassy and super satisfying’ Helen Bauer get together for a double bill packed with jokes, mischief and probably, a bit of beef.

POETRY / SPOKEN WORD

BACK OF THE HEAD WITH A BRICK

Monday 31st August
7.30pm

Sean Mahony

Taking place during one long day in London, BACK OF THE HEAD WITH A BRICK is a dark comedy about wanting to love as much you can, express yourself as much as you’re able, while keeping defense mechanisms that helped you survive intact.

READING / IN CONVERSATION

JACK ROOKE INVITES YOU TO CHEER THE F***K UP

Tuesday 1st September
7.30pm

Jack Rooke

A comedic-memoir-meets-advice-guide about losing his dad at 15, losing a close friend to suicide at 21 and losing a pair of NIKE AirMax 95s on a Northern Line tube at 26. He’ll read some extracts & be joined by a special guest to chat about mental health & the fringe

COMEDY

WACKY RACISTS

Wednesday 2nd September
7.30pm

Sophie Duker

After a year of sell-out shows across the country, Sophie Duker is back with WACKY RACISTS, serving up another melanin-rich comedy milkshake for your delectation and delight. Featuring a whole KEMAH BOB! An entire KEN CHENG! A complete FATIHA EL-GHORRI!

COMEDY

SARA & STEEN

Thursday 3rd September
7.30pm

Sara Pascoe &
Steen Raskopoulos

Sara Pascoe and Steen Raskopoulos will improvise condensed versions of full length Edinburgh shows having never seen them. Get online and find some old Fringe listings because YOU will be making the suggestions.

COMEDY

FRINGE MEMORIES; GARY McNAIR & STEVE COOGAN

Thursday 3rd September
9.15pm

Gary McNair & Steve Coogan

Legendary writer, actor and comedian Steve Coogan launched his career at the Edinburgh Festival. In a SHEDINBURGH exclusive Steve talks to Gary about winning the Perrier, what comedy means to him and his promise to one day return to the Festival. This rare, candid deep dive into one of Britain’s most celebrated stars’ relationship to the world’s biggest festivals is not to be missed.

THEATRE

DEBORAH FRANCES-WHITE ROLLS THE DICE

Friday 4th September
7.30pm

Deborah Frances-White

Deborah Frances-White was adopted as a new-born baby. One day she stumbled across some information about her birth mother and went on a gripping treasure hunt, drawn into her past like a magnet. This is her true and surprising Writers Guild Award winning story.

THEATRE

AHIR & OLGA

Friday 4th September
9.15pm

Ahir Shah & Olga Koch

A comedy double bill. Ahir’s sharp, intellectual brand of stand-up features a blend of philosophical inquiry, political vigour, and sweet gags. Olga is obsessed with her exes. So much so, that she’s turned the shed into a museum of all the stuff they’ve left at her house.

THEATRE

WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT

Saturday 5th September
7.30pm

performed by Tobias Menzies

No rehearsals. No director. No set… well there’ll be a shed. The play you’re about to see is sealed inside an envelope. The actor who’s going to perform has never seen it. We double dare you not to Google this play. Take a chance. Join the actors. Once you start, you’ve got to finish. No matter what.

TICKETS

Tickets are purchased as donations to the SHED LOAD OF FUTURE Fund, starting from just £4. There is no limit to what you can donate. To book your ticket select the event you would like to watch in our SHED-ule.

All proceeds from ticket sales will be channeled into the SHED LOAD OF FUTURE fund for the preservation of the Fringe: financially supporting future artists and creatives with grants to help them make it to Edinburgh for the first time. Your donations are a direct investment in the future creatives able to make and take work to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

If you are watching with multiple people, please consider making a donation per person when you purchase a ticket.

If you simply wish to donate to the fund without acquiring tickets to a performance, you can do so on our Crowdfunder site.

WHO WE ARE

Francesca Moody

CO-DIRECTOR & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Francesca is an award-winning and Olivier Nominated Theatre Producer with over ten years experience having produced theatre at the Edinburgh Festival, in London, on tour in the UK and internationally.

Gary McNair

CO-DIRECTOR

Gary McNair is a multi-award-winning writer and performer from Glasgow. His last six Edinburgh Festival shows have all sold out, and has three times won the coveted Scotsman Fringe First Award.

Harriet Bolwell

CO-DIRECTOR & ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Harriet is a producer of all kinds of theatre. Currently Producer at Coney she’s produced work for the Natural History Museum, The National Archives, Financial Times Festival Weekend and the Wellcome Trust.

ASSOCIATES

Madeleine Bye

COMEDY CONSULTANT

Madeleine Bye is a comedy producer and PR. She has produced over 10 Edinburgh Fringe shows in the last 5 years as well as 4 Soho Theatre shows and a host of alternative comedy nights. She is a graduate of Parisian clown school Ecole Philippe Gaulier and one half of comedy double act ‘Siblings’.

Casey Jay Andrews

DESIGN CONSULTANT

Casey Jay Andrews is a multi-award winning writer, designer and theatre-maker based in the South East of England (though her heart is planted firmly in Edinburgh’s Old Town). She is currently working as Assistant Head of Design at PUNCHDRUNK INTERNATIONAL, and head of design for ONE NIGHT RECORDS.

SUPPORTERS

Tickets are purchased as donations to the SHED LOAD OF FUTURE Fund, starting from just £4. There is no limit to what you can donate. To book your ticket select the event you would like to watch in our SHED-ule.

All proceeds from ticket sales will be channeled into the SHED LOAD OF FUTURE fund for the preservation of the Fringe: financially supporting future artists and creatives with grants to help them make it to Edinburgh for the first time. Your donations are a direct investment in the future creatives able to make and take work to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

If you are watching with multiple people, please consider making a donation per person when you purchase a ticket.

If you simply wish to donate to the fund without acquiring tickets to a performance, you can do so on our Crowdfunder site.

SHEDCAST

Enjoy SHEDINBURGH‘s very own podcast brought to you by Putting It Together.

Every day host Brian O’Sullivan will sit down for a creative conversation post-show with performers from the festival.

Putting it Together
Putting it Together
Creative Conversations
Shedcast – Tobias Menzies

The amazing White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour was performed by Tobias Menzies last night (his first and only time) as a truly exhilarating way to close the festival! Here he is chatting to me.

The post Shedcast – Tobias Menzies appeared first on Putting it Together.

GET INVOLVED

SHEDINBURGH NEW-COMER

Perform your cancelled Edinburgh show at SHEDINBURGH

One of the best things about the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is discovering new shows you didn’t know about until you got there. We’re gutted to be missing out on all the incredible shows that were set to grace the many stages of Edinburgh this August. So we’re offering TWO slots in the festival to emerging companies, performers and writers across the programme.

Applicant requirements:

  • The proposed show must be a one-person performance
  • The proposed show must have been originally programmed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for 2020, prior to its cancellation
  • Applicant must be a professional new-comer, their cancelled show having been their first ever performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • The performance of the show must abide by social distancing guidelines, without a live physical audience
 

Applications will close on 15 August.

CONTACT US

Get in touch via this contact form or email [email protected]

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SPONSORS & PARTNERS

SHEDINBURGH would not be possible without the following organisations and people to whom we are hugely grateful.

Hungry for some showtime snacks? Our sponsors Mighty Small have curated the perfect box of drinks and snacks to enjoy over a performance or two, all produced by small independent brands. Go to www.mighty-small.co.uk/products/shedinburgh-festival-box to order.

What would SHEDINBURGH be without a beer? Our sponsors Beer52 are offering 8 craft beers, sourced and curated from the best breweries for FREE! Go to www.beer52.com/shedinburgh to get your perfect accompaniment to the festival. 

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FRancesca Moody

AKA Franshedsca Moody

Francesca is an award-winning and Olivier Nominated Theatre Producer with over ten years experience having produced theatre at the Edinburgh Festival, in London, on tour in the UK and internationally. She is best known as the original producer of the multi-award winning FLEABAG by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, which she has produced globally on behalf on DryWrite, most recently in London’s West-End when it was also recorded and broadcast by NT Live, playing in cinemas throughout the world. 

In 2020, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Francesca led and coordinated the Fleabag for Charity campaign, streaming FLEABAG NT live on Amazon and Soho Theatre on Demand, raising over £1,000,000 for charities supporting those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Francesca is also the former Producer of leading British new writing theatre company Paines Plough, where she produced and developed plays by leading UK playwrights including Dennis Kelly, Duncan Macmillan, Sabrina Mahfouz and Kate Tempest. 

Francesca now runs Francesca Moody Productions and since launching in 2018 the company has produced five world premieres. FMP’s most recent production, BABY REINDEER by Richard Gadd was the Bush Theatre’s fastest selling show in history. BABY REINDEER was recently nominated for an Olivier Award and will transfer to the West-End in 2021 in co-production with Sonia Friedman Productions.    

Francesca has received eight Fringe First Awards, three Off West End Awards and has been nominated for four Olivier Awards for her productions. She is a trustee of The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre and an Honorary Associate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.   


Gary McNair

AKA Gary McShed

Gary McNair is a multi-award-winning writer and performer from Glasgow who aims to challenge and entertain in equal measure. His last six Edinburgh Festival shows have all sold out: Square Go (co-written with Kieran Hurley) and After the Cuts both at Summerhall and A Gambler’s Guide To Dying, Donald Robertson is Not a Stand Up Comedian, Letters To Morrissey, and Locker Room Talk at the Traverse. 

He has three times won the coveted Scotsman Fringe First Award and has toured the world with his plays. His work has been translated into multiple languages including Italian, Arabic, German and Japanese.

He is currently under commission at the National Theatre of Scotland, Guildhall and Audible.com

He is about to launch Making A Unicorn: Wee Stories From Scotland, a podcast made in collaboration with musician Simon Liddell.

www.garymcnair.co.uk

Harriet Bolwell

AKA Harrihut Bolwell

Harriet is a producer of all kinds of theatre. Currently Producer at Coney she’s produced work for the Natural History Museum, The National Archives, Financial Times Festival Weekend and the Wellcome Trust. Previous Associate Producer credits with Francesca Moody Productions include Baby Reindeer by Richard Gadd, Do Our Best by Remy Beasley and Square Go by Gary McNair and Kieran Hurley. Formerly Assistant Producer at new writing theatre company Paines Plough, her producing highlights include Pop Music by Anna Jordan, I Wanna Be Yours by Zia Ahmed and the Come To Where I’m From playwright series.

SHEDINBURGH NEW-COMER

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