THE STORY SO FAR...

In 2020 Producers Francesca Moody and Harriet Bolwell and writer, performer Gary McNair conceived SHEDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL, an online festival of the best of the Fringe stalwarts of theatre, music and comedy, all performed live from two sheds at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh and Soho Theatre in London as well as remotely at artists own sheds and streamed into people’s homes over August.

Created as a directed response to the uncertain future facing both venues and artists in 2020, SHEDINBURGH’s objective was to 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 had the Edinburgh Festival Fringe not been cancelled.

Launched just 8 weeks after the initial idea came to the team, SHEDINBURGH captured the hearts of Fringe fans from across the world from Edinburgh to Adelaide, to Tokyo and Texas, selling over 4,500 tickets to 25 events, raising over £20,000 towards the Shed Load of Future Fund, to help new artists bring their work to the Edinburgh Fringe. The festival featured work from artists including Tim Crouch, Sara Pascoe, Deborah Frances-White, Innua Ellams, Nassim Soleimanpour, Tobias Menzies, Rosie Jones and Ahir Shah.

You can see our full 2020 line-up with the link below.

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.

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 Senior Producer (Maternity Cover) at Trigger in Bristol, making memorable live and digital events that interrupt daily life. 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 Producer at Coney, and 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.