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SHEDINBURGH Fringe Festival, the global shed-sation of 2020 is back for another packed edition of the best Fringe theatre, comedy, music, spoken word plus exciting new strands including a brand new Originals script series and SHEDx talks from famous faces, renowned writers and experts from the world of culture. SHEDINBURGH also sees new partners VAULT Creative Arts, producers of VAULT Festival, come on board as festival co-producers alongside Francesca Moody Productions and Popcorn Group.
This year SHEDINBURGH will host a four-strand programme of world-class entertainment:
SHEDINBURGH MAIN PROGRAMME: A stellar programme of shed-based versions of seminal fringe favourites from the last decade plus old, new and unseen work from Fringe stars and comedians whose careers were launched at the Fringe.
SHEDINBURGH NEWCOMERS: The Edinburgh Fringe Festival has historically been the launch pad of as yet unknown artists who go on to become global superstars like Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Trevor Noah and Flight of the Conchords. The Newcomers programme will feature work from some of the most exciting up and coming artists who you might have discovered at the Fringe, except this time, audiences will be discovering them in the shed. Artists have been handpicked in partnership with co-producers VAULT Creative Arts who have long been at the vanguard of emerging talent through their annual London Festival – VAULT Festival.
SHEDINBURGH ORIGINALS: A series of special one-off short pieces and original work created for the shed by some of the most exciting and high profile talent to come out of Edfringe.
SHEDx: The festival nod to TEDx, a series of free to watch 10 minutes talks from key industry stakeholders and talent around the theme of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. SHEDx will inspire, educate, reminisce and advocate for change.
All shows and events will be performed live and streamed globally for one night only from two sheds at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh and Soho Theatre in London from Tuesday 3rd August to Monday 30th August.
The full Shed-ule of shows and events will be announced in July.
Producers Francesca Moody and Harriet Bolwell and writer/performer Gary McNair conceived the inaugural SHEDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL in 2020, an online festival of the best of the Fringe greats of theatre, music and comedy, as a direct response to the uncertain future facing both venues and artists in 2020. SHEDINBURGH’s objective is to shout loud about the Fringe’s vital role in global culture, celebrate its past successes and breakthrough artists and provide a platform for Fringe talent and to raise money for artists through their SHED LOAD OF FUTURE fund.
SHEDINBURGH producers Francesca Moody, Harriet Bolwell and Gary McNair said:
“We are thrilled that SHEDINBURGH is going to be returning this year. SHEDINBURGH was founded in order to support artists now and in the future. We will continue to use the festival as a vehicle to raise money for SHED LOAD OF FUTURE, our fund which will support the next generation of artists to make it to Edinburgh Festival Fringe and we are hugely grateful to the incredible programme of artists and co-producers Vault Creative Arts and Popcorn Group and partners Traverse Theatre, Soho Theatre and NSDF and DMLK Video and sponsors Mighty Small who are helping to make that a possibility. We are also delighted to be offering a platform for more emerging talent through our newcomers programme and a space for conversation, reflection and inspiration through SHEDx. We’re looking forward to sharing our fantastic programme of shed shows across the world this August and celebrating the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and it’s vital role in global culture once again.”
Andy George, VAULT Creative Arts Director & Co-Founder said: “We‘re delighted to be on board as co-producers for this year’s Shedinburgh. Shedinburgh puts artists and audiences right at its heart in such a unique, wonderful, and delightfully intimate celebration of fringe artists and their work. All that as well as meaningfully supporting artists now and in the future through the Shed Load of Future Fund. It was a no-brainer for us to jump at the chance of joining the team and taking Shedinburgh on into the future alongside Francesca Moody Productions.”
Linda Crooks, Executive Producer of the Traverse Theatre said: “We are thrilled to present SHEDINBURGH again as part of our Festival programme. We are looking forward to hosting another exciting line up bursting with top talent, groundbreaking work, emerging artists and interesting conversations.”
David Luff, Soho Theatre’s Creative Director said: “We are delighted to host SHEDINBURGH this summer working once again with such fantastic partners and supporting some of the nation’s finest comedians, theatre-makers and cabaret artists.”
SHEDINBURGH has already 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 in 2020, with all proceeds going into the SHED LOAD OF FUTURE fund to support new artists who want to bring their work to the Edinburgh Fringe. This year’s edition aims to raise even more money for the fund to help the future talent of the Fringe thrive.
SHEDINBURGH THE RETURN Trailer: https://vimeo.com/513416332
All SHEDINBURGH performances will be streamed via Ticketco.
Tickets will be available on a Pay What You Can basis.
For full shed-ule and tickets see: www.shedinburgh.com
NOTES TO EDITORS
SHEDINBURGH 2021 is presented by Francesca Moody Productions, VAULT Creative Arts and Popcorn Group and supported by Traverse Theatre, Soho Theatre and National Student Drama Festival.
SOHO THEATRE is London’s most vibrant producer for new theatre, comedy and cabaret. We pursue creative excellence, harnessing an artistic spirit that is based in our new writing roots, the radical ethos of the fringe and the traditions of punk culture and queer performance. We champion voices that challenge from outside of the mainstream, and sometimes from within it too. We value entertainment, accessibility and enjoy a good show. We are a registered charity and social enterprise and our audiences are diverse in age, background and outlook.
Ordinarily our work plays to live audiences of 250,000 audiences a year in our Dean Street venue, at the Edinburgh Fringe and beyond. During our temporary closure due to Covid-19 we re-launched our online platform Soho Theatre On Demand, which hosted the phenomenally successful live recording of Fleabag and recently released the critically acclaimed Typical and Sunrise. We’ve partnered with Amazon Prime Video (UK) for a three-series deal, bringing existing and new comedy shows to the platform (2020-21). We are also working towards the opening of an exciting second venue, a “local theatre with a national profile” in Walthamstow, currently slated to open in 2022.
Soho Theatre’s board is chaired by Dame Heather Rabbatts DBE and the company is led by Executive Director Mark Godfrey and Creative Director David Luff. sohotheatre.com | sohotheatreondemand.com | @sohotheatre
FRANCESCA MOODY PRODUCTIONS
Francesca Moody Productions commissions, develops and presents brave, entertaining and compelling new theatre. They work with the UK’s leading playwrights and discover and nurture new talent to produce bold, award-winning shows with universal appeal and commercial potential.
Since launching in 2018 the company has been awarded an Olivier, three Scotsman Fringe First’s and
produced work in London, New York, on tour across the UK and at the Edinburgh Festival. FMP’s most recent production, Baby Reindeer by Richard Gadd was the Bush Theatre’s fastest selling show in history and was due to transfer to the West-End in 2020 in co-production with Sonia Friedman Productions.
This Autumn, FMP will present two world premiere’s; LEOPARDS by Alys Metcalf at and in co-production with the Rose Theatre and MUM by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm at and in co-production with Theatre Royal Plymouth and Soho Theatre.
In 2020 FMP conceived and produced Shedinburgh Fringe Festival, an online live-streamed festival of theatre, comedy and music in lieu of the Edinburgh Fringe, selling over 4500 tickets and raising over £20,000 towards a fund to support the next generation of artists to make it to the Fringe in 2021.
FMP is led by Francesca Moody who 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 at the Wyndhams Theatre 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. Following this, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Olivia Colman, Francesca established the Theatre Community Fund, raising a further £1,000,000 to support theatrical artists and professionals whose livelihoods and creative futures have been threatened in the wake of Covid-19.
Francesca is also the former Producer of British New-Writing theatre company Paines Plough where she produced plays by the UK’s leading playwrights including Dennis Kelly, Duncan Macmillan and Kae Tempest.
VAULT CREATIVE ARTS
Joining the Shedinburgh team in 2021, as Co-Producers are VAULT Creative Arts. VAULT Creative Arts are the producers of the award-winning VAULT Festival, the UK’s leading independent showcase of live performance and artistic talent now entering its 10th year, as well as producing cultural events, festivals, & opportunities in London and across the UK. For more information on VAULT Creative Arts please visit www.vaultfestival.com
Popcorn Group is run by Charlotte Colbert and Jessica Malik. It develops and produces innovative and provoking content across film, TV, and theatre.
In 2018, the Popcorn Group launched with the viral sensation “Leading Lady Parts” for the BBC starring Emilia Clarke, Gemma Arterton, Gemma Chan, Catherine Tate, Felicity Jones and Tom Hiddleston, which has amassed over 50 million views.
The company is in post-production on “She Will”, a feature film starring Alice Krige, Kota Eberhardt, Malcolm McDowell and Rupert Everett.
Popcorn’s second feature film production, “Dali Land” has just wrapped principal photography and is directed by Mary Harron (American Psycho) starring Sir Ben Kingsley in the iconic titular role.
On the TV side, the Popcorn Group is developing the Edinburgh Fringe smash hit “Angry Alan” for TV with NBCUniversal.
The company has also teamed up with Lionsgate on its TV series “A Womb of One’s Own”.
Popcorn Group is known for their slate of stellar talent, including projects with Gonzalo Maza (writer of the Academy Award-winning film A Fantastic Woman), Morgan Lloyd Malcolm (Emilia), Chinonyerem Odimba, Simon Amstell and Bafta-winning writer Charlie Covell (The End of the F***ing World)
For more information on Popcorn Group please visit
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