regular venue information

how regular venues work

  • In 2022 there will be room for 36 companies spread across 6 Regular Venues.
  • The programming for Regular Venues was initially decided by drawing the names of companies who had applied from a hat.
  • The 36 slots were filled but three companies have susbsequently had to withdraw.
  • We will fill the three newly available slots on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • We allow only one application per company - though companies can also apply for an Alt Space slot.
  • If more than three companies apply, a waiting-list will be established in the order that companies were drawn from the hat.
  • A firm commitment from companies will be required by Friday March 25th, by which time venues will have been allocated. The firm commitment will need to be sealed by the payment of the £100 participation fee (£65 of which is refundable so long as the agreed performances have been delivered) and the provision of a marketing image, publicity copy and required technical information. If these aren't forthcoming by March 25th then the slot will be offered to the next company on the waiting-list that fits the requirements for the vacant slot.
  • Productions in Regular Venues must be between 30 mins and 60 mins in length. There will be a one-hour technical rehearsal programmed in. There will be only 15 minutes available to set-up and get-out before and after each performance.
  • Ticket prices are under review. For 2022 these will be £8, £5 concessions, £4 if using a Frequent Fringer Voucher. 100% of ticket money is returned to the company.
  • Companies are responsible for their own Public Liability Insurance. We will need to see confirmation. We will happily advise on cheap options.
  • Music used in a performance may be subject to PRS or PPL terms and conditions, dependent on the precise usage.
  • We do our best to provide free billets for out-of-town companies in order to keep the cost of participating low - though Covid concerns means less availability than in previous years. In return for being billeted, companies and individuals will be asked help out with four hours of volunteer duties that support Fringe TheatreFest.

the venues

For 2022 we have six Regular Venues. The layout and technical infrastructure in these venues varies, so please read the descriptions below.

  • The Baptist Hall has a flat-floor stage area 5m wide x 6m deep with raked seating for 50. It is configured as a black-box studio space. Basic warm and cold lighting states will be available along with some ability to separate areas. There will be a sound system installed. It's a lovely space to play but - though the Baptist Hall is separate from the Baptist Church - there are sensitivities that have to be observed with regard to content. Specifically, alcohol and strong language are non-starters.
  • The Golden Lion Tap has a stage area 5m wide x 4m deep with staggered seating for 50. Basic warm and cold lighting states will be available along with a limited ability to separate areas. There will be a sound system installed. This venue is at the back of the pub and is particularly suited to cabaret, comedy and robust drama.
  • The Queens Theatre Main Stage has a stage area 7m wide x 5m deep with seating for 100. Basic warm and cold lighting states will be available along with a limited ability to separate areas. There will be a sound system. Best suited to big cast productions and / or expansive dance.
  • The Queens Theatre Gallery Bar has a stage area 4m wide x 3.5m deep with seating for 40. Basic warm and cold lighting states will be available along with a limited ability to separate areas. There will be a sound system installed. A well-focused, intimate, black-box studio space.
  • The Guildhall has a large carpeted performance area - 7m x 7m - and raked seating for 80. It is an historic, civic building that used to be the magistrates' court and which is still used for the official business of the town council. It will be blacked-out and equipped with a sound-system and general lighting. There's no wing space, so won't suit every show.
  • The Castle Centre has a low stage, 5m wide and 3.5m deep. We install a lighting rig and a sound system. There is flat-floor seating for 50 with some higher chairs at the back to help sight-lines. Besdt for small-cast / one-person shows.

application form

Regular Venues application form

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