Barriers to Staging Work at the Edinburgh Fringe FESTIVAL as a Working-Class Artist

THURSDAY 16th AUGUST: 11am - 12.30pm

Fringe central

delivered in partnership with fringe central and the pleasance theatre

         Photography Credit: Savannah Photographic ( )

        Photography Credit: Savannah Photographic (


COMMON: GROUND is our inaugural initiative; a series of supportive, group discussions which offer a platform for working-class artists in regions across the UK to share the barriers they face when building careers in theatre.

We are excited to be working in partnership with Fringe Central and The Pleasance Theatre to deliver an event from our COMMON: GROUND series during the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

This COMMON: GROUND discussion is exclusively aimed at artists who confidently self-identify as working class*, who are staging or seeing work at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, alongside working-class artists who have brought work to the Festival in the past or who experience barriers when attempting to do so.

This COMMON: GROUND event will offer a platform for working-class artists to share the barriers they face when staging work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, specifically related to their class status, and provide an opportunity for artists to offer their suggestions of initiatives, events and opportunities which could be created to help overcome them.

Our aim is to then collaborate with established theatres, arts organisations and companies who are actively involved or contributing to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to further develop and trial the opportunities which are suggested, with the aim of eradicating the barriers that working-class artists experience when bringing work to the Festival.

The discussion is open to working-class artists across all disciplines and in all stages of their careers, including, but not limited to: movement directors, lighting designers, dramaturgs, theatre directors, producers, playwrights, set designers, costume designers, composers, sound designers and theatre-makers.


*Due to the complexities surrounding the measurement of socio-economic diversity in British theatre, we currently use the term 'working-class' to describe artists who confidently self-identify as being from working-class backgrounds, which includes those who have a family history of social, economic and financial disadvantage.

Please do not attend this event if you do not confidently self-identify as working-class. There will be opportunities to join the conversation and support the cause of working-class diversity in theatre as an ally at a later date.



11am - 12.30pm
Thursday 16th august

fringe central

delivered in partnership with FRINGE CENTRAL AND THE PLEASANCE THEATRE


This event is wheelchair-accessible, baby/child friendly and inclusive of working-class artists from intersectional backgrounds across race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, gender binaries and disabilities.

Please contact us on in advance of the discussion if you have any specific requirements, questions or access needs.