Fringe theatre was born of noble intentions – but today, venues across the country and especially London are part of the reason small theatre companies’ artistic merit is dependent on the machine of profit generation.

I genuinely believe fringe theatre in England has evolved to become a bankrupting scheme for companies and a noose for artistry. It’s a bold statement but how can it be anything but, when most fringe establishments prioritise venue and money?

We can all think of hypocrite artistic directors who open venues and feign altruism; offering short runs, splits of ‘net sales’ and extortionate guarantees. Filling schedules with ‘fresh’ practitioners, several companies each night (of any quality); no PR budget; relying on the cast’s friends and family to pay their bills – audiences that seldom return because they were only supporting loved ones.

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Article in The Stage by Rocky Rodriguez Jr on UK Fringe Theatre