So that’s the Edinburgh Festival Fringe over for another year. The slideshow below aims to capture some of the varied and stimulating sights found in Edinburgh this August.
Although always enjoyable this year’s Fringe has had more low-points than high. To start on a high I’d say the great service exhibited by staff at all the Fringe venues has been a real positive. Whether a happy smile and conversation with staff behind one of the many temporary bars or handing out complementary ponchos while queuing in the rain, the staff of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2008 have been a credit to the city.
Aside from the monsoon like August the lowest point must surely be the incompetence of the Fringe’s management. It’s not just the staggering decisions and mismanagement of the new ticketing system that defies belief, it’s their arrogant communication. The well advertised “Fringe Ticket Frenzy”, offering half price final day tickets never happened. Nonchalantly an e-mail the night before announced this: “Unfortunately we are unable to proceed with the Fringe Frenzy 2 for 1 ticket offer as previously advertised”. For the management of the Fringe “sorry” really does seem to be the hardest word.
The other negative must surely be the big name venues/events, which although very good, contribute to many good quality, but smaller / lesser known productions never quite having the audience they deserve. Steep ticket prices also don’t help.
Work is needed for next year. Let’s hope the Fringe Director, Jon Morgan, steps down and hands over the reigns to someone more capable of running the largest arts festival in the world.
Anyhow, enjoy the slideshow below (click to play), or view full-screen.