With nearly 400 venues ranging from tiny spaces in the back rooms of pubs to huge auditoriums capable of seating hundreds of people, it sometimes seems as though everywhere in Edinburgh is turned into a Fringe venue in August.
Some in particular manage to capture the spirit of the Fringe perfectly; as well as being great places to chill out between shows.
Here then are our nominees for 2010’s Best Venue.
- C Venues – the home of new young theatre, C Venues have their base at Chambers Street, with their delightfully haphazard collection of spaces, bars and the always-buzzing Urban Garden area. With C Aquila, C Too and C Central also forming the C Venues family, they played host to an impressive number of performances and always had a marvellous atmosphere
- Universal Arts’ New Town Theatre – a temple to culture in the west end of George Street, the grand surroundings of the Freemasons’ Hall provided the stage for some exciting and varied international acts and performers
- The Famous Spiegel Garden – the folk at the Famous Spiegel Garden upped their game this year. With two stunning spiegel tents, staff dressed in vintage clothing, and a garden full of everything from bars and cafes to vintage clothing, craft and massage stalls, this was one of the most original and atmospheric venues on the Fringe
And the winner is…
Universal Arts’ New Town Theatre
With two stunning performance spaces, pop-up bars, friendly staff and possibly the grandest toilets of the Fringe, the New Town Theatre featured a varied and exciting programme curated by Edinburgh-based arts patron Tomek Borkowy. Polish drama, Indian pop music and Spanish flamenco shared the space with one-man theatre shows from Pip Utton and Rodney Bewes, and the classical rock theatrics of Barockestra.
True to the original spirit of the Fringe and with an interior that is almost as fascinating as some of the shows playing within, Universal Arts’ New Town Theatre is therefore awarded our