ED2011 News

Fringe performers meet the media

By | Published on Saturday 6 August 2011

Meet The Media

As we write, hundreds of performers from across the Edinburgh Fringe have amassed on Fringe Central, aka that wonderful concrete monstrosity the Appleton Tower, that sits snuggly alongside the George Square/Bristo Square hub that has become the heart of the Fringe in recent years.

A performers centre run by the Fringe Society throughout August, for today the Tower is the host of Meet The Media, now a regular fixture in the Edinburgh Festival calendar where Fringe performers get to sit down with reviewers, editors and reporters.

Meet The Media follows the official launch of this year’s Fringe yesterday, which in turn followed two days of previews at some of the festival’s venues. It all means that the largest cultural festival on the planet is now well and truly underway for 2011, meaning central Edinburgh will be filled for the next three weeks – based on what we’ve seen at Meet The Media today – by a vast array of exciting, excitable and, on occasion, crazy looking talent.

With his team busy talking to performers about their shows, ThreeWeeks co-Editor Chris Cooke said: “This is a great event, with so many shows, so many publicity blurbs, and so many press releases, sometimes the best way to work out which shows and performers are worth checking out is to sit down with them all for 90 seconds and listen to their stories. So much so, in festivals of old we staged our own Meet The Reviewers event. But now the Fringe Society have taken the idea on themselves, meaning performers can meet so many media people in one sitting, it’s just brilliant. All we’ve got to do now is process everything we’ve heard in our tired little brains, and start picking people to interview and performers to perform on our iDaily podcast”.