Putting a Show into Bath Fringe
How do I get to be in the Fringe?
Most Bath Fringe shows are self-promoting under the Fringe banner, or promoted by Bath venues: we actually do only a few core bookings ourselves (under 10% of this programme). Although we are always interested in receiving details about new shows, theatre companies, unusual cabaret & street acts, music of all sorts, and anything else you see or don’t see in our programme, we can only use a very small part of the material we get sent. Programming is mostly done from December to February but it’s not impossible for there to be spaces nearer the festival time itself. NB: our office isn’t regularly staffed over the summer, we have to do other work then, and it’s always best to EMail rather than phone or post. Facebook messages & tweets aren’t ideal for that either.
We only ever programme one of the music venues for the festival (and this year probably not at all), not all styles of music are suitable for the venue (we like to stay on good terms with our temporary neighbours), and we do try to put on music in styles that aren’t heard in Bath over the rest of the year (look at the websites of the year-round venues); if you’re sure you’re different from all of that, you’re welcome to send us something.
If you want to promote yourselves, in the classic Fringe style (book your own venue, pay a fee for an entry in the programme and take the door money), Bath does have a number of excellent venues for hire, theatres, concert venues, pub back rooms, regular gig venues, though the most accessible of these tend to be on the small side (100-ish people or smaller). We do have a list which we can send you (it’s updated for the annual Open Meeting, so best to ask for it in January), or download the current version here. There is a timeline for important dates here.
If you’re interested in the Visual Arts Programme, we can pass enquiries on, but those events are run to a different timetable and by different people to the rest of the Fringe. You should find more about that on their website.
This year, our Theatre programme has a different application stream for some venues:
We’re putting a call out early to help the Theatres coordinate a special promotional and collaborative campaign to make this a great year for Theatre in the Fringe. The regular Fringe application process will be running in January, and we’ll remind you about that nearer the time, but for the moment, advance theatre information is as follows:
If you want your show to go into buzzy Burdall’s Yard, there’s an application process here: www.bathspalive.com/fringe. During Bath Fringe 2016 it hosted 46 events of professional, local and student theatre over 16 days, including many sold out shows – the venue was alive with both students and artists all day long.
The previously advertised Fringe week at The Mission Theatre is now full up, sorry.
The process has a deadline of January 31st. If you don’t get a place that way, there is still time to do the regular Fringe event process, using a different venue (which you or the venue will have to organise).
If you’re interested in a non-theatre space, or one of Bath’s other theatres, there’s the general Fringe application process, which starts/started in January, EMail wendy[at]bathfringe.co.uk. If you’re interested in one of the other regular Theatre spaces (The Rondo, Old Theatre Royal, school theatres), they all have their own (non-centralised) room booking processes too, so you’d be advised to contact the venues as well.