Edinburgh's Free Fringe is back in 2013, with a great quality, extensive programme of shows across Edinburgh, throughout the Festival Fringe. As ever, there is no charge to the public, free entry at all venues, and no charges to performers.
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A note from Peter,
A number of years ago I entered into a collaboration with an organisation called Laughing Horse. However, during the course of this collaboration, several events made me slightly suspicious of their motives. There has been much comment on this, but I thought I would describe the events in my own words.
In 2005 the collaboration began. The shows went ahead, and were successful, but I was concerned that several shows were booked without my knowledge. I was worried about quality control. For 2006 I found two new venues, bringing the total to four. A second performance room was also opened at the UCW Club, bringing the number of spaces to five. The expansion could proceed. Again some shows were booked without my prior knowledge. Some of these booked shows promised to be good, and indeed were; others should never have been accepted. The good news was that the expansion worked; full audiences were seen at all venues, and they were happy. So were the performers.
This made me determined to to step in and ensure that they did not succeed. Had they in fact succeeded, free shows may well have taken place, but the ideals and ethos of the Free Fringe would have died at that point. The concept of performers operating collectively would have been replaced by performers working for a promoter; no effective change to the status quo ante. The interests of promoters and performers can never be identical. the Free Fringe needed to continue with it's original ethos, and a focus on quality.
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