performer information

applications for Fringe TheatreFest 2019 open on Monday 19th November

an overview

Fringe TheatreFest is a four-day festival in Barnstaple, North Devon that embraces the widest possible range of theatrical forms.

Fringe TheatreFest is based on the Canadian Fringe model: non-juried; 100% box-office to companies; we provide the infrastructure, allocate venues, timetable the programme and set ticket prices. The overall aim is to provide a low-cost, supportive environment and a level playing-field.

Events take place under two headings:

a little more detail

Fringe TheatreFest is not juried or curated - companies are picked from a hat for Regular Venues and accepted in order of application for Alt Space venues.

However, 10 of the Regular Venue slots are initially set aside for North Devon companies, 2 for international companies and the other 35 are open to companies from across the UK.

We accept just one application per company for Regular Venues but are open to multiple applications for Alt Space venues.

Fringe TheatreFest timetables the programme and sets ticket prices (6, 4 concessions, 3 if using a Frequent Fringer Voucher), with 100% of the ticket revenue or pay-what-you-will revenue returned to the companies.

In Regular Venues the standard offer to companies is a 3-performance slot. Companies able to commit to all three performances will take priority. Shows must open on the Thursday or Friday.

Companies performing in an Alt Space venue are welcome to perform as many (or as few) times as they wish, so long as we have the capacity to steward the events adequately.

This year, companies offered a Regular Venue slot will pay a non-refundable 35 participation fee. In addition, they will pay 65 which will be refunded so long as they fulfill their performance commitments. Alt Space companies will pay a 100 participation fee which will be refunded in full so long as they fulfill their performance commitments.

We have a large group of experienced volunteers who provide box-office and stewarding. We provide a technician to operate lights and sound for shows in Regular Venues.

We market and publicise the Festival as an entity and companies market and publicise their own shows.

Companies must have Public Liability Insurance.

We do our very best to find free billets for companies from outside North Devon if so required.

why apply to Fringe TheatreFest?

Fringe TheatreFest provides an affordable context in which to develop new work, to give further life to existing productions and to introduce a company to North Devon audiences , to local and regional promoters and, where appropriate, to schools and colleges. But primarily Fringe Theatrefest is a meeting place to forge new relationships and somewhere to be inspired by a host of interesting productions as well as to inspire others with what you have to offer.

Fringe Theatrefest is probably one of the lowest-cost Fringe Theatre Festivals in the world because the outlay is so low. But, whilst it won't break the bank, it won't make anyone's fortune. In 2018 the average box-office take for a three-performance run in a regular venue was £232. The highest earner grossed £715. The lowest earner grossed £65. Alt Space takings varied enormously as some acts didn't set out to make money. The top earning street act made £477.

Fringe TheatreFest 2019 will have room for 47 companies in Regular Venues and for a further 32 Alt Space companies.

how to apply

select the appropriate link:

Regular Venues

Alt Space venues


You are more than welcome to contact us with specific questions.

"We saw some fab shows as well as making great connections with new audiences and promoters whilst at Fringe TheatreFest - may it go on from strength to strength!"