East to Edinburgh

East to Edinburgh 2019 Submission Instructions

59E59 Theaters will hold its annual Edinburgh Fringe Preview Festival, East to Edinburgh (E2E) from July 9 – 28, 2019.

E2E is open to any show signed up to participate in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe or any of its offshoots. We accept comedy acts as well as theatrical pieces. This is a wonderful opportunity for companies or individuals to practice their shows before live audiences under similar constraints as in Edinburgh. Companies must have a signed venue contract in Edinburgh to participate in E2E.

Performance slots for E2E may be rented for $150 each in Theater C (49 seats). The theater provides a rep lighting plot and each company gets the use of one or two specials as well as 4-5 hours of tech time. We do not provide light or sound operators although we sometimes have interns available who would be willing to act as lights/sound operators. Companies receive the entire box office.  Ticket prices will be $15 and discounts will be offered to 59E59 Members. We prepare and send out a postcard for the festival listing all shows and times as well as including it in our summer bulletin. We have had very good response – last year we had 14 participating companies and almost all did better than covering their rental cost.

Slots are allocated on a first come, first served basis. There is a three-slot minimum and a six-slot maximum. Slots should not be consecutive on the same day. All slots allow for 20 minutes for load in prior to each performance time and the company must be out by 20 min. prior to the next performance time. Shows cannot be longer than 1hr. 30min. in order to fit into this schedule.

There is a standard contract for E2E shows. Information needed for the contract include:

  • Number of slots wanted (minimum of 3, maximum of 6), dates and times. Slots are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Slots are not confirmed until a contract is signed. Usually slots don’t completely fill until late April when the Fringe program has closed, since a lot of companies aren’t sure if they are actually going to Edinburgh before that.
  • Name and address of company or person(s) who will be renting the space and the name of the person signing the contract and receiving notices. Checks for Box Office receipts will be sent to the company or person listed as the renter. If a company is listed it must have a bank account. If the check is going to an individual, there may be tax consequences to that individual, as anyone earning more that $600 will be sent a 1099 form at the end of the year.
  • Name of the show.

To view currently available performance time slots, click here.

If you have questions or wish to participate, please contact Brian Beirne.